MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Round malts offer chocolate smoke and roasted coffee beans…Nascent DMS undermines the back roastiness and bitterness...Fruity and well-built, but nowhere near Fuller’s or Anchor’s in my 2 experiences with it so far...
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and lace. Aroma of huge coffee, malt, vanilla, and cognac. Tastes malty, slightly sweet, with a coffee, malt, maple, vanilla, roasty finish. Marvelous complexity and mouthfeel. Well balanced. An excellent porter.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 July 2006 - Very dark brown almost black body with a small fluffy tan head. (3+) Lightly acidic mocha and dark malt in the aroma. Flavour is likewise. Average palate is a touch thin for the style. Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5
July 2004 - Black body with smallish tan head. Aroma is phenomenal, it gently caresses your nose with hints of vanilla, caramel and toffee with some malt mixed in. The flavour is lovely, but does not quite live up to the echantment of the aroma. Sweet maltiness with a touch of roastiness in the finish. Palate is on the light side but very smooth. Many thanks to NorthYorkSammy for this one. 9/3/7/3/14 - 3.6
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice lacey off-white head erupting with sweet roasted aroma. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and slight floral hoppiness. Goes down almost like silk for such a robust beer. A very good porter full of flavor and character.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: 355ml bottle at Steve’s Xmas booze up.
Black red with a thick tan head. Heavy unbrewed malt in the nose with some slight coffee and chocolate. The flavour doesn’t quite balance right. Odd cereal note leaving a lengthy finish that I’m just not too sure about.
Dogbrick (7095) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Barley's Smokehouse. If you are going to have "guest taps", make 'em Bell's! Pours deep opaque brown with a medium tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolatey and bready. Flavor is smooth a rich and consists of chocolate, coffee and malt. I detected an ever-so-slight sourness in the finish which was interesting. Overall a good Porter, but I'll still stick with the Stouts from Bell's if given the choice.
Ughsmash (6968) - 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.
jtclockwork (6907) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with light tan head. Nose of roasted chocolate malts, licorice and coffee. Taste of roasted chocolate malts, cocoa, coffee and licorice. Medium body. Smooth.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Chocolate malt and light smokey aroma. Dark black with a moderate head. Chocolate malt and charcoal flavor. Full bodied.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, batch number 9420. Pours a dark black with crimson highlights and a small tanned beige head. Chocolate, light roasted bitterness and a touch of plum sweetness. Medium bodied and full of roast. Not as smooth as could be, but still tasty, and paired up really well with butter cookies. Finishes up with a light roast bitterness and some more chocolate and almost vanilla tones.