JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown, bordering on black. Opaque. Head is initially large and light-brown in color, though it drops quickly. Chocolate, pine needles, and coffee bean aroma. Roasty qualities come out in the flavor, along with a slight smokiness and bittersweet chocolates. Finish is bittersweet, slightly metallic (copper) and very short lived. Rather thin body, slightly watery. Moderately carbonated.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. dark brown/opaque. medium tan head. medium lacing. definitely malty with great taste of chocolate and coffee. not my favorite porter but would drink again.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown, near opaque. Tan head fades quickly, good lacing. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Body is thin, smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malts predominate the taste, slight hint of the advertised smoke at the end.
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 (1447) - 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 wasnít 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 (3059) - 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