OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nothing is better than a good porter and this is one of them. Nice porterish nose to the brew. Very dark in color with a nice tanish head to it. Great smooth chocolatey taste with a nice smooth finish. I really liked this beer and hope to drink it again some day.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice aroma of coffee and a hint chocolate, closer to a stout. Brown quarter inch creamy head., brown/black in color (typical). Flavor starts off chocolate with some nuttiness, and transitions to sweet, and finishes with just a small hint of bitterness. Overall, a very decent porter. I keep a few in the beer cellar when I can get them.
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via trade w/ Drnk-McDermott. Pours a dark brown with a 1/2" light brown fluffy head. Left nice lacing. Nose is chocolaty with some roasty notes. Flavor is largely foretold by the aroma: bitter chocolate with light roastyness. Finish is bitter with a mineral quality to it. Fairly light bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty decent stuff, very clean and drinkable.
Fearless99 (14) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Not quite as I expected, as after the aroma I was thinking improperly named stout - chocolate, coffee, roasted. Drinking much the same, although it is quite creamy on the tongue. Smoky flavor comes through a little on the taste. Bitter flavor lingered, but not for long. Delicious
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - poured into a stem glass. Left a good head with some lacing, though less full bodied than I expected. Strong roasted aroma. Flavour was good throughout with dark chocolate and coffee dominating. Had a lot of floating residue in two different bottles, but taste was consistent and well proportioned.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Bottle, batch #6844. Pour was a deep, hazy mahogany with a well-retained layer of beige head... unexpected large amount of sediment floatin’ around in there (settled to about 1/8" at the bottom). Aroma picked up heaps of dark chocolate, some biscuits, mild coffee, and other dark maltage. Flavors followed suit, but there was an odd hint of sourness and a weird yeasty aftertaste. Smooth, yet rather light on the palate... with bitter and sour notes at the finish. Seemed a bit off.. I’ll have to try another. 7_6_3_3_12
Take 2, Batch #7784. Poured ruby-tinted brown with a tall, well-retained cap of creamy beige head. The aroma picked up dusty, dried cocoa and coffee, with a medium roast to it.. very dry with a cool flaked bread "texture" to the nose.. a little detergent detracted a bit, however. The flavor had a blend of drier, sweeter chocolates and some darker ones at the core.. dry cocoa bitterness paired with a hint of darker fruits rolling off the sides of the tongue and into the short finish.. left some cocoa and a mild bitterness. Roasty on the palate with some grainy feel.. unfortunately thin-bodied.. only an OK feel. This was better than my first experience, but I was hoping for more.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Packaged on November 23 2004. One year old baby. Happy belated little buddy! "A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes." The commercial description says it all. This could almost be a stout with a higher alcohol content. Very dark with a tan head that laces the glass. Very impressive porter.
Nate (4187) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is warm and inviting. Licorice and toffee, thick black coffee and cream. A bit of smoky chocolate bitterness keeps it from being too sweet. Light carbonic acidity. Mild hops. Dark black, with thin tan head. Medium heavy watery body, with medium carbonation and no burn. Starts with a big hit of malty chocolate and bitter coffee, mesium hops and light acidity. Smooth transition into sweeter, more subtle flavors like molasses and licorice and some smoke. Finish has a bit of carbonic acidity and smoky bitterness. After is mildly chocolatey and smoky. Just a bit of bitter residue on the tongue. This is a really nice porter.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown that does thin a bit at the edges. Nose is malt sweet and strong roasted scent. Flavor is almond, light chocolate, and primarily roastiness that is held together very well and concluded with a light hop finish. It did seem lighter bodied than it could have been, but is a very enjoyable porter nonetheless.
mnurda (1242) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice and chocolately looking. great taste. poured it incorrectly, so had some sediment in the glass, but it didn’t seem to matter. great tasting porter.