OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle via trade with jzzbassman - Thanks Monte! - Pours black with ruby highlights and a 2 inch creamy tan head that stays well and laces. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee and some caramel. Flavor is milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and a raisin sweetness at the end that is finished by a coffee bitterness that I really liked. Palate is smooth and pretty well carbonated. A very drinkable porter that I enjoyed much!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a huge light tan head that fades very slowly. Aroma is of roast and mild chocolate. Flavor is a rounded roast, mild chocolate, a slight raisin, a slight smoke, a slight sourness in the finish and aftertaste. Body is light to medium palate is a bit watery. NIce boldly roasty porter the thinner body makes it very drinkable but the finish is just a little to thin.
IndianaRed (3556) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a clear very dark brown/black with the light bulb barley showing some red highlights. Just a skin of a light brown head and thin but even lacing. dark roasted aromas with lots of semiswet chocolate. Flavors are similar. Not very smokey or charcoaly but a nice rounded roasted flavor. Quite lively carbonation and lacking that common sour bite that a lot of porters have. Very nice.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2005 OBF. I had never heard of this brew or brewery before and was really taken by suprise. Pours a very dark brown with a soft light tan head. Very sweet and rich chocolate up front, nice light roastiness with a light touch of coffee in the finish. Very smooth and well built porter.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Slob for this one. Malt, Chocolate and hop aroma. Deep black with an unruly two finger thick head. More coffee more roasted barley and more happiness for me. Nothing over the top about this it is just straight forward good and still manges a big feel despite not being desperately hopped like some brewers attempt. Fantastic. Thanks, Slob.
DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottled. Bully indeed! Smell is mostly of a good portion of English hops. This bottle-conditioned brew pours a big brown bubbly head over a dark root beer brown body. Great bubbly effervescence. Taste is of bitter roast malts adding up to a coffee, toffee and bit of smoke. A very fine, deep roasty porter!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a bottle thanks Santa!! Aroma of roast malt choco, and light coffee. Poured a dark brown almost black with decent froth. Flavor was roast malt and light coffee with just right ammount of hops to balance. Palate was even bodied and finish was clean. I really have to say this was solid and I would definitely send to someone else who’s a porter lover. Good Stuff.
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a carbonated dark brown body with a large frothy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and celery. Flavor of coffee and roasted malt with some chocolate.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The exclamation point is well deserved. Aroma is dark malts, with some vine fruit overtones. More reddish coloring than the standard, with a small bubbly tan head. Flavor is malt, malt, malt, then a bit of hops to finish. Almost fruit near the end. Mouthfeel is creamy, almost velvet. I like it.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 Slightly bitter, medium body, medium carbonation, solid porter with a slightly fruity (apple-cinnamon) & smoky taste. Some nut & hop flavor coming through. Fruity pleasant finish. Good value ($5.99/6pk)