hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark bown ale with a small, frothy, light brown head. The nose and flavor are yeasty and chocolatey with notes of toffee and vanilla. Well-balanced. Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, burnt, grassy finish.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a dark dark brown, almost black. Cream colored head is thick but dishwater like. Large aroma of old raisins with some minor twinges of chocolate. Also, a bit of a musty smell. Initial taste is of a very light vinegar, with a touch of roasted malt, a dabble of chocolate, and a creamy smooth alcohol presense. Mouthfeel is nice, as aformentioned, creamy and smooth. The finish displays a touch of alcohol, a little bitterness, as well as unsweetened chocolate. Was hoping to have a bit more to chew on at the end, as the finish seems to dissipate quickly. Not bad, but this Porter could stand to be a bit heftier on the flavor.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, almost opaque, brown body with ample foamy tan head. Very visually appealing. A faint coffee aroma. Some raisens. Coffee and chocolate in the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel. I liked this porter.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty aroma with hints of cocoa. Nearly black apperance with a tight brown head. Malty flavors with hints of roasted barley. Notes of chocolate and licorice. Body was smooth and creamy. Very nice baltic porter.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, dark brown/black color, frothy but firm dark tan head. Aroma of dark roasty malt, some cocoa. Dark roasty flavor, followed by some chocolate and some creamy milkiness. Big round body, very smooth. Delicious. Thanks frielock for sharing.
lngnmn (9) - cape girardeau, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was definately unexpected. Chocolately start with a nice even fade on the finish. Certainly worth a try.
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I will weigh in with the thought that this beer is deeply under-rated (3.46 as I rate in January 2004). Pours a deep deep color, black and brown with just a bit of a swirl of head. Though I poured it when too cold, the alcohol propelled a robust aroma, mocha coffee-like with a later sense of just a bit of grape/port fruitiness. The first taste made me exclaim, "YUM! Liquid Chocolate!" to my wife, and she agreed that it held an appealing chocolate flavor, which settled into deeper roasted malt notes when it warmed a bit. At the very end some alcohol came out but this was very minor. The body is excellent in the porter style, rich and soothing. I found it very easy to drink this beer way too fast. Fantastic.
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deepest brown black with red tint, nice tan head that faded. Faint aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor is initially of gentle chocolates, quickly fading into a soft roasted flavor. Nothing really jumps out at you, but it is a decent brew.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good Porter! Dark black color moderate brown head. Aroma wasn't terribly aromatic, but what was there was coffeeish, mocha. Body was cream and fairly thick for a Porter. Sweet finish. This baltic style porter wasn't as salty and tart as many I've had(two traits that aren't that appealing to me). I liked it!
caesar (5971) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black color, short brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee, bready. Thick creamy body and a malty coffee taste. Nicely balanced with a creamy mouthfeel.