mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma of this beer is fantastic. Rich chocolate, roasted coffee, and playful fruits. A nice mix of chocolate, coffee and hoppy fruitiness. A solid all around porter.
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice porter. One of the best domestic versions I’ve had, maybe the best. Caramel, chocolate, roast coffee flavors, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Good stuff.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This guy surprised me, its a damn good porter, malty, with a hint of hops. Nice coloring and lacing on the glass. And the price was right, all and all worthy of another go round.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of earthy leather, caramel and chocolate. Dark brown with some light showing through the edges and a small light tan head. Roasty coffy flavor wit ha quick chocolate and barley finish. Slightly metallic. Medium body, texture is on the creamy side of watery and nice soft carbination. Thanks to doppelganger for the bottle.
mfbeer (6) - USA - MAY 19, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Expecting a porter, I got something almost liken a IPA, except dark, so more like an IDA. The bottle conditioning has got to be what makes this porter stand ou in the crowd. Being from St. Louis, I had low expectations for this Kansas City brew. Nice coffee roast with high carbonation and great hoppy finish. Great everday kind of beer. Thumbs up.
pintbypint (2613) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl. oz brown bottle from heemer77. Dark red brown pour, smallish tan head. Light roasty aroma, sweet malts, a dash of chocolate. Dark and bitter malts in the mouth, some hop bitterness with a little floral note as well. Dryish finish with a lot of roasted malt. Very drinkable.
MrBunn (2460) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours so very dark brown with a thick creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, fruit and very slight coffee/chocolate scent. Flavor is rather sweet. Starts with a fruity taste mixed with caramel that gives way to roased malt and slight hops. Altogether, a nice product.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of csbosox: Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Has a small, thick, creamy tan head. Nice aroma - lots of roasted malt, roasty chocolate, mild coffee, mild hops, and a hint of sweet fruit. Medium-lively carbonation, full mouthfeel, coats the tongue and teeth. Taste is sweet then bitter roasted malt, burnt chocolate, mild coffee, a hint of bread, and a little bit of floral/pine hops flavors. Finishes with bitter roasted malt and chalk, then gets sweet later on with notes of roasted malt and fruity hops. I like the little bit of extra hops in this - nicely balanced with the roasted malt.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Six pack from a friend; not on the site. Nice dark brown under a tan head. Little thin, but nice roasty flavor with a good bitter/dry finish. Solid beer.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with robanion, thanks Ray!) The nose is pretty light in general, tough to rouse from slumber. Vigorous swirl of the beer reveals an aroma that is mildly roast, a bit hoppy, but also a bit of soap creaps in there. In the flavor, roastiness is probably about average as porters go. It’s lightly sweet, and fairly hoppy for a moderate level of bitterness that seems to dominate a bit too much. I’ll rate the body as medium "plus". The well-carbonated mouthfeel prevents the tingled tongue from fully appreciating the flavors until after the carbonation has subsided a bit. Very deep, dark ruddy brown, darker than mahogany, but not black either, so there is a slight translucence. Large, light tan head is rocky and creamy on top, but the top layer sits upon mostly large bubbles, so the head recedes to a thin, yet complete layer. Lacing is outstanding, however, fully coating the glass in a moth-eaten afghan. Overall, I think the hops dominates the roasted malts, so with less hops, I might enjoy this one more. Decent, but not wowing me.