whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Dark, red-brown body and large velvety tan head. Aroma of chocolate, some smoke, and sodium bicarbonate. Roasty flavor plus some citrusy hops and a hint of sourness. An all-around solid porter.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown Folgers coffee color. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Minimal head. Initial taste is roasted coffee with a charred log soaking in it. Too smoky. Finishes with excessive hop flavor. Not a bad beer, I just like my Porters more in a traditional London style. More in the SN vein, but not as good as that one, either.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, small head. Aroma of surprise, coffee. Flavor is also of mild coffee. One dimensional. 91st percentile? no.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark brown bordering on black. Large, khaki-colored rocky head. Light roasted malt aroma with definite hints of chocolate cookie and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is lightly roasty, with a little smoke and chocolate. Hop bitterness pops in the middle and lasts throughout into the finish. Full bodied. Hops seem to gradually dominate the flavor the more of this you drink.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark black with a thick tan head that leaves plenty of lace.
Smells very complex: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hops... Mmmmm.
Taste is quite good. All the above flavors plus some fruit esters. This is very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is great as well. It's dry with a nice mineral feel. Lots more carbonation and a bit thicker than your average porter. Drinkability couldn't be any better, IMO. I'm not a huge Porter fan, but I have a new favorite. This is definately worth seeking out.
Props to MJR for making this night possible... < sniff >
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, as black as Gene Rayburn's soul. Huge, sturdy tan head. Smells of alcohol and coffee, also like Gene Rayburn. Big coffee flavors throughout, as well as some notes of dark choclate and chickory. Body thins out at the end. Nice.
OD40oz (747) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Creamy head. Very dark. Smooth tasting brew. Definately my favorite Porter. I got this in a Boulevard Christmas gift pack that had this and other Boulevard beers in it. My favorite is still the Unfiltered Wheat.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very drinkable and enjoyable Porter for me as it does not have a strong coffee flavor to it. It had a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth in appearance with fine sized bubbles that mostly dissipated in time. The body was carbonated, opaque and black. The nose was mild coffee and mild chocolate. The flavor was somewhat malty with a mild coffee flavor to it. The palate was very, very smooth with a dry texture and medium bodied. This beer had a fair amount of lacing.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eric Thanks for sending me this brew, what better way to begin my nightly relaxation therapy, right?
For shit sake this beer pours a substantial head, color: caramel……body is a deep crimson / black. The aroma is coffee like, chocolaty sweet aroma, lots of grain, smells like chocolate Rice Crispy treats. The flavor is rich and full with roasted malt; reminiscent of burnt chocolate pudding, that thick gooey stuff at the bottom of the pan with the scorched smoky flavor, you know?
This porter has one of the most creamy palate of any I have sampled, it’s a marvelous thing! Thanks again E!
jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first porter I ever had and still one of my very favorite. The typical chocolate and coffee flavor from the roasted malt, but the perfect amount of hops give it a better finish than most porters.