Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavily aromatic; a truly remarkable bouquet of fudge, coffee beans, chocolate, nutmeg and vanilla.
Lovely, malt accented, rich in flavor with notes of deep roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, a kiss of hops and a hint of dark fruits.
I sampled this next to a bottle of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes and this was much better.
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown in color with a smallish tan colored head that is retained. Aroma is nice and layered with notes of cream, coffee, and some light nuttiness. Flavor seems to me to just a bit off? Little bit of sourness which seems out of place. Flavors of cream and coffee. Palate is just a bit thin. Maybe I will try again, but I like their regular stout much better than this porter.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very tasty brew, pretty strong on the roasted chocolate smell and taste, but very easy to drink still. It wasn’t really heavy and only slight bitterness. Will definitely have again in the future.
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A tiny little head and not a very strong smell..of what i do smell is roasted oats, choco and some toast. Extremely dark brown body and a relatively thick pour. Kind of watery and thin..not too much flavor, almost a bit skunky. Could be my bottle. Wish it was heavier.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
almost black, off white head. baking bread aroma with lots of chocolate - chocolate milk, milk chocolate, dark chocolate - the flavour had toasted dark bread with brewed caramel, chocolate and a bit of roasty bitterness. finishes slightly smoky. spot on.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to bleen for this one.
Nearly black in color, with a tightly bubbled, one finger, tan head, this is a tasty porter. The nose has toastiness & dough qualities. The flavor is smooth, with roasted notes. This is a nice drinking porter.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade, thanks Goblincat!) Toasty, bready nose is dead on accurate for the upcoming flavor; This porter is very toasty, mildly dark roasted, quite bready and malty, and lightly sweet, with a moderate bitterness that is in nice balance with the delicate (for a porter) maltiness; Medium bodied, but that bready maltiness contributes substantially to the palate; The color is very dark brown and opaque, almost black, but ruddy brown at the edges; Tan head is quite large during the pour, and retains a coating layer for a long time; A thin, but dense blanket of lacing is left on the glass
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured a deep brown color with a slightly dark brown head which dissipated quickly but did show a tad bit of yeasty clumpiness. The aroma was strange and unique with cooked graham cracker, cooked tobacco, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee, smokeyness etc. It smelled JUST like some cooked Rice Pilaf...weirdest thing EVER! Flavor-wise it was a little lighter than I would have expected. Light to medium bodied, long lasting maltiness. Some smoked body with coffee and chocolate, but once again a slight burnt rice flavor. Can’t figure our what was up with those chunks in the head, hope this didnt somehow get infected, but if it did, i can only imagine how good this could be if it wasnt. Light carbonation, mild dryness. Well rounded chocolates and flavors, but very unique.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly black color, medium head that persists throughout the glass. Aroma of old black coffee, hints of dark chocolate, maybe some tobacco. Between the aroma and initial flavor, this shares a lot of the qualities that I disliked in the Java Stout. This one fortunately improves somewhat as it warms. More black coffee in the aroma, with copious sugar. Medium body, some roast, mildly sticky finish (this is of course a porter). Both the aroma and flavor have this indescribable mildewy funkyness (like canned peas), for lack of a better description, that I have a tough time getting past. Certainly not bad, but there are better porters out there.
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty much opaque black, initially a monstrous, brown head that fades to a small ring; medium lacing. Aroma heavily chocolate and vanilla but also quite roasty. Flavor, not surprisingly, is very roasty, but there is a fair amount of mellow chocolate in there, and a touch of straight coffee bean; barely smokey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, pretty thick, and best of all not horribly sticky; could be just a touch thicker, though. Overall, very good.