BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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 (3050) - 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. Itís lightly sweet, and fairly hoppy for a moderate level of bitterness that seems to dominate a bit too much. Iíll 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.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - APR 19, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours a slightly see through black with a light brown head. aroma is light chocolate. taste is fruity with an almost barley wine quality. too damn sweet for me. the fruit notes dominate the chocolate flavor. the sweet fruit really detracts from this. iíve had better.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium roasted malt, light smoke, caramel, and grapey. Tastes too much like a grapey Dr. Pepper to take this one seriously.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Best by 4/29/05). Appearance: Thick, lingering foamy, creamy tan head. Dark brown body. Excellent carbonation. EXCELLENT lacing (Iím using a plastic cup and itís sticking EXTREMELY well) VERY fizzy. Aroma: Hard to discern. Nuts, coffee, non-refined sugar. Flavor: grassy hop, roasted coffee malt, bitter kick, sorghum, mild barley aftertaste. Palate: goes down smooth. Thick mouthfeel. Lingering mild sweetness, almost a lactic sweetness. Slight stickiness. Light bitterness. Overall, this one gets bonus points for the appearance...
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle it pours a deep reddish brown. Aroma of cherries and chocolate. Tastes like cherry chocolates(dark) with some roasted coffee flavors. Not too sweet, though and includes a good amount of bitterness. Medium Body. Very Tasty.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 bottle - 3/21/05 - The pour is very dark brown. I smell chocolate with a hint of hoppiness. Some interesting hints int he aroma...perhaps cherries like walleye suggests a few ratings before mine. Flavor is malty with a slight bitterness that sticks around through the finish. I think I taste a hint of cherry in the flavor as well...like walleye suggests. Goes well while munching on some cheese. Much like other porters in that regard, imo.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
St. Patís Day 2005, Crescent Moon Ale House. On tap. Solid porter. Dark in the glass with a bit of transluscence, tan head. My only (quasi-)complaint is a lack of complexity and balance; but what was there was nice. Not quite as roasty in front as I like in porters, the malt was soft and not too sweet; solid, but not interesting. The hops were a nice level of bitter, slightly metalic. More full-bodied than I expected, and which I enjoyed.
HopDoctor (2) - Stewartville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite beer. For a porter to outdo Samuel Smithís Taddy Porter is a huge accomplishement, and Boulevard has done it. I will not go thru the nose, texture and taste, just suffice to say if you like porter, this is the class of the field!