henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This time I saw the "Bottle Conditioned" label before pouring and so I poured carefully. The color is a very deep, dark garnet with a generous, long lasting smooth head that leaves ample lacing...very pretty. The aroma is full of roasted malt with hints of woodsy undergrowth after a light rain. The initial taste is of rich, roasted malt, with an earthy middle and a long lasting slightly bitter dark roasted malt finish.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a deep red with a thick creamy head there is lacing all over the glass. really a good beer though it seems a bit thin or watered down
rajendra82 (969) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a six pack while visiting Arkansas this week. The sealed in box and the best by date of June 19, 2005 in dot printing on the neck of the stubby brown bottle reassured me, that I was drinking a fresh sample. The first sample was consumed in a hotel room using a plastic cup, so the review had to wait till I could transport the beer home, and empty the contents of the bottle in a standard pint glass.
The beer looked hazy ruby brown in the glass with a couple of inches thick foamy sepia colored head crowning a bit out of the glass. Lacing was excellent all around. The aroma was roasty but a little on the mild side. My nose could detect coffee, roast grains, and a little hint of chocolate.
The taste was creamy smooth coffee and bitter burnt toast, and was aided by the soft carbonation coating my tongue. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel was good, but could have been better if the beer was just a touch thicker. Dry and roasty, this is a good mainstream porter worth a try.
LutzBrau (43) - iowa city, Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Did I get a bad batch? It was dark (duh) with a roasted woody aroma. Tasted watery and metalic. I did appreciate the deep roastd flavor, but after having Fullers London Porter this was no good.
egajdzis (5459) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown, ruby (almost purple) color with a medium sized, bubbly, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of light chocolate and roast, cherries, nuts, and wood. Chocolate, lots of roastiness, and faint dried fruitiness in the taste. A flavorful and robust porter.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small, tan, lasting head. Color is dark brown. Flavor is pretty good, not overpowering, gentle. Nice chocolate flavor, malty. Good brew.
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12 oz bottle/shaker best by 08-12-05) Pours almost opaque red with two fingers of head. No visible carbonation. Smells strongly of of chocolate and malt. Tastes of raisins and palate is very oily with sweet aftertaste.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown body, lasting tan head. Light roasty, dark fruity aromas. Good robust flavors; black patent and hoppy bitterness balances a nice mocha sweetness. Malty, full bodied, assertive. Nice!
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice porter! Dark brown/almost black with a full, creamy head. Full of roasted malty flavors. Thanks, Springslicker!
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown maybe black appearance with good creamy head and lacing that didn’t stop. There was a roasted smell and hinted towards the sweetness to come. Taste was sweet with hints of caramel and some honey.