DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with a quickly dissapating head. Maple syrup / caramel aroma; quite sweet. Sweet flavor, maple syrup, burnt caramel malt, some black patent malt for bitterness. Rich mouthfeel, a touch of alcohol in the finish. I really enjoyed the full sweetness in this guy, it’s a rare trait in beers. I do think this batch didn’t attenuate all the way, but it’s good regardless. Thanks Chuck!
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok... I know what you’re saying. "A quality beer for $1.80?" Well, you’ve hit it on the head. This sucker’s a hidden gem at a cheap price. Thanks MIBRomeo! Appearance is dark brown color. Thin white head that is virtually non-existent. Decent lacing. The aroma is maple syrup, caramel malts, flowery hops, dark fruits. Very strong aroma.
Flavor: Finish is very maple syrupy. General flavor is caramel malts and maple syrup. Some flowery hops hiding under the immense sweetness. Flavor is really in your face. Palate is very sweet and balanced. Surprising. Good full mouth feel. Hides the alcohol really well.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a small white head. Smells strongly of roasted malts and licorice. Very strong taste of licorice in beer that covers up almost everything else, bitter aftertaste comes in afterwards.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) Very dark, almost black with a light brown head from the dark malts. Very sweet (sweetened?) almost vinous in the direction of portwine. Somehow reminds me of dark Trappists (yes, really...) just not quite as complex in the flavour pattern. Not much bitterness. For a beer this strong it goes down scaringly easy, you don’t really sense the alcohol. A pleasant surprise. 110704
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint and a brown head.
Has aroma of fruit and liquorice. With flavors of sweet malt, chocolate, and toffee.Very silky palate.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly opaque, half visible dark caramel-colored body, deep crimson, with a big, blooimg cocoa-tan head, leaving lace, looking lovely.
Aroma: creamy, some roastiness, a little bittersweet, moreso on the sweet, more chocolate-y than anything.
beyond the typical coffee and cocoa sensations found in most porters, I’m getting some cherries here, and other bright/dark fruits...as easy to down as you’d like, really, a solid porter that please, never teases, and doesn’t lay too heavy on the palate. Thoroughly medium-bodied, with a sweet, fruity finish.
If you’re in the mood for an overly strong, extra-pleasurable Polish porter for everyday enjoyment, I’d nominate the Big Boss, for sure!
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with small brown head. Malty-sweet, some caffe latte and sweet liqourice. Medium-full with slightly oily mouthfeel.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle this pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a medium brown head. Very rich sweet chocolate aroma with hints of licorice, fruit, and dried prunes. Taste was very sweet but hid the high abv very well, lots of chocolate show throughout with a very smooth texture and good weight on the palate. This was a pretty nice porter for 2 bucks and 9.4%.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color,small tan head that had a decent hang time then faded slowly to leave just a hint of lace behind.The aroma was malty and roasty with a bit of a licorice side and maybe even something that makes it appear a little on the spicy side,Hrmmm.
Decent flavor of malt and coffee with a bit of what seemed to be like bakers chocolate or something,and fairly but not overly so sweet.I have to say i like this brew.It’s not something i’d like all the time but having a few for the winter months would be nice .
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep reddish brown with a fizzy and mostly fading head and good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, brown sugar, prune, molasses, grassy hops, and an earthy ester. The taste is very sweet and molasses like. So much so that the rest of malts and hops got subdued by the sweetness. The finish does display a fruity and coffee quality which saves the beer. The feel is quite strange, fizzy on one hand, syrupy on the other. Overall iit is okay but needs a bit more bitterness to back up all that sweet taste. Thanks for the bottle Joe.