mds (2209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle obtained from Trader Joe’s in Phoenix for a rock bottom price of only $0.83! dark mahogany in colour with a small off-white head. aroma of raisins and bittersweet chocolate malt. flavour is somewhat thin and one-dimensional. finish is dry and bitter. Okay.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 A decent beer. A bit gassy and acidic, though, which makes the roastiness see too harsh. Some interesting leather and tobacco notes, but a bit sharp and astringent for my tastes. Pretty thin on the palate.
sethdude (699) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cola brown (which is not right for the style, in my book) with a tan head that becomes rocky as the beer goes down the glass. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Flavor is very typical for the style, much to my releif. This is fairly standard porter short of the bizarre appearance.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light dark brown (?), large fluffy head, little bit of lacing. Aroma is sour, pale malt, some darker malt slightly shows trough, some metallic tinge also. Medium carbonation. Flavor some what sour, but still fresh and pleasant. Body is thin and roasty with hints of brown sugar. Overall its a little sweet, but the hops keep it from becoming too sweet. All bit of a spicy aftertaste that would make this beer a nice brown ale, or a very poor attempt at a Porter.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color with a medium beige head. The aroma was fairly weak...some bitter coffee and sour bread (?). The flavor was equally as weak...coffee (bitter) and a slight nutty character. The feel was thin and crisp...way too light. Blah.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber color with a medium beige head. Light roasted coffee and malt aroma. Nice roasted coffee, malt and hops flavors. Slightly dry finish.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
powerful aroma of dark chocolate, with a mild sweetness reminiscent of cherries? slightly watery mouthfeel, but comes with strong roasted malt flavors, very little hop presence. good stuff
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 This beer is only available at trader joes as they have contracts with breweries. . Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head with a small off-white head. Aromas of not much at all. The first time I had it was after a wine tasting and was horrible, and now after a beer test it isn’t bad. Flavors of slight roasted malts. Very easy to drink yet is still a poor excuse for a porter/brown or "dark ale"
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice easy drinking dark beer I got at trader joes for under a buck, a good choice. A nice faint chocolate taste, A bit sweet, But a nice malt taste too, I enjoyed this beer.
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought this was very good for a chocolate porter. The roasty malt has a nutty and chocolately aftertaste that stays in your mouth. Coats the palate quite nicely and goes down smooth. Usually the balance of these type of ales are never even, so I rarely enjoy such brews. This one was a notable exception