beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black color. Medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. Medium bodied porter. Malts are roasty, with a touch of coffee and toffee. Hops are slightly bitter and spicy. Very easy drinking porter. It’s a touch light in body and a little sweet, but still very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with orangey-red highlights when held to light and a small off-white head that diminishes rapidly. Aroma is dark roasty malts and coffee. Flavor is sweet and bitter dark malts, hints of molasses and a astringent finish. Medium to full body and mild carbonation.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark pour with a decent sized head, aroma of nutty malt and dark fruits. Flavor follows nose, with some caramel breadiness, a bit of hops in the finish. Overall not too bad, better as the glass warmed. I would not have guessed this as a porter.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark clear brown with a small light brown head. Aroma is lightly of roasty coffee. Taste is of mocha, coffee, roasted malt, nuttiness, caramel and slight vanilla with a solid hop presence. Moderately sweet with lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round but a tad watery at the end. Still- very bold, flavorful and satisfying. Recommended. Plus, it was under a buck a bottle at Trader Joes’.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark reddish brown apearance, decent head formation. Malty nose, dark fruit, slightly rubbery. Sweet creamy malt plalate, smooth. Dark fruits are well pronounced but not overwhelming, finishes smooth with a mild dry bitterness.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 It’s a light porter that’s easy swilling. Light on the tounge and finish. Serviceable.
mjg74 (2457) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark in color. Aroma is of roasted malts, with some coffee in there as well. Sweet roasted malted flavor. Very smooth and drinkable. Tastes like a porter.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown color with a light brown foamy head that lasted to the end. A light malty aroma with a touch of nuts and caramel. The lager elements come through in the thin flavor, but it does have a pleasant malt flavor and finish. A Trader Joes special.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 Very dark ruby color, with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Flavor is sweet, sour, coffee and some dark fruits. Pretty good, but I did have one bottle of the six pack that was flat.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep coppery brown w/ a short lived beige head. Laces okay though. Light roasty and toasty character in aroma, sweet malt and seems like a little brown sugar and hints of diacetyl. Flavor is about the same but with a little sourness from dark grains. Higher carbonation, lighter m/f, but not watery, smooth. Very non distinct darker beer. Made for the real beer drinker, but not the "good" beer drinker IMHO. Is definitely not a Schwarzbier!