Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small beige head. Weak roast aroma. Sweet roasted flavor and a very long and bitter finish.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great Barley’s beer! Dark and robust.
We had this beer on ’Firkin Friday’ (a Barley’s
tradition) This cask conditioned beer was really
different. It has no carbonation at all and
therefore allows you to drink it a lot faster
than maybe you normally can, especially something
as strong as a porter. This went down amazingly
smooth. A beer from the firkin is something
everyone should try, it’s hard to explain the
texture. I want to say it is like beer flavored
water - but that doesn’t sound good, and it is
definitely good! Please, everyone take a trip to
Barley’s in Columbus, Ohio so you can experience
it for yourself!
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was fortunate enough to get the cask-conditioned version of this. Pours a deep, dark brown with a sea-foamy head. Aroma is not strong but it smelled pretty good. Smooth and slightly flat because it was cask-conditioned, I still thoroughly enjoyed this. Roasted malty flavor with a slightly bitter finish. This is a great beer for a cold winter evening.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had one of these on tap at the brewpub. The nose is weak for a porter, reminds me more of a shwartzbier. Hints of coffee and chocolate as the brew warms. Pours a solid black. The light brown head is creamy and mostly lasting with very good lacing. The big roasted flavor is chocolatey with a touch of pepper. The full syrupy body is soft and finishes with an alcoholic warmth.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice beer. I could get very drunk on these.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent beer. Chocolate malt flavor with a little extra roasted bittereness. Well hopped for bitterness and some hop aroma shows. This is one of my favorite porters.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a very dark brown amber color(almost black). It formed a nice medium brown head which left some lace. The aroma was slight, but of malt and chocolate. The flavor was definately of chocolate(but not overpowering) and burnt malt. Maybe a little hops. The burnt malt flavor gave it a slightley bitter finish. This and the other aspects give some stout elements. A beer that has been getting better with each batch. Worth checking out.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark as a stout, big bubbled diminishing head. good nose: roasted malt, raisin, cherry, alcohol and caramel. some sweetness, modest hop, malt dominates (without being mean). a tad too smooth (unfiltered, cask conditioned), almost flat. the commercial discription says it’s named after the brewer’s son--assuming ivan’s currently a little person, it’s a probably a nice training beer to gently nurture his malt beverage appreciation.