bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 Pours opaque brown-black with a decent tan head. Aroma is roasty and sweet, coffee with sugar and maltiness. Flavor is all dry roastiness, bitter coffee and a hint of fruit under it all. Nice palate with a very mild carbonation and a dry, roasted finish that hangs on for a fair while.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely french roast coffee bean hue with a thin but ever present mocha colored head and some lace as well. Very soft aromas of chocolate, prunes and espresso. A little thin the second time around.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet and fairly roasty. Coffee flavor starts at mid-taste and gets strongly bitter.
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 Time for the ol' descriptive re-rating treatment. Aroma is a bit on the sharp side, some citric hop and lightly roasted coffee, just a touch of cocoa. Super creamy and fairly thick light tan head, color is an opaque deep, dark brown. This beer is unfiltered and bottle conditioned with a very light dusting of sediment. Flavor goes through a few stages very quickly. It starts off with a bit of chocolatey sweetness, then shifts to roasted, dryish malt right before the Nugget, Willamette, Magnum and Cascade blend makes it's considerable presence felt. (Boulevard loves Nugget, I think it's in every beer they make in some quantity.) This beer defines the robust/sharp porter category for me. Lingering roastiness mingles with the hop juices for the finish, aftertaste is the same, dry, hoppy, roasted. Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a bit of hop tingle.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just a great American beer. A great example of an American Porter. A good bit sharp, really low on the choc. malt, and a nice hope element in the finale. Great mouthfeel for a porter, thin to medium. An excellent selection sent from Wichita by the man, Philly.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At the brewery/... good hoppy, malty with nice aroma. Nice color and head.
Philosopher99 (24) - arnold, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the first porter I’ve tried, but I find it very enjoyable. It has a nice hoppy element with a smooth ending.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A fair porter, but agreed that BB Porter is much superior. Worth a try.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty aroma, tan head, with nice lacing compliment the dark brown color of this beer. Unfortunately, the flavor didnt live up to the appearance for me. Maybe I’ve had too many Deschutes Black Butte Porters, because this just didnt measure up. Not as rich and smooth front to back. This was ok, but not great.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, very deep brown/black color and solid tan head that leaves some good Belgian-lace. The aroma is limited, but that’s OK for porter. Creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is rich with malt and intense roasted barley. There’s a flash of sharp hop flavor in the middle (Cascades?), but it’s covered over by the roastiness before the swallow is through. The finish is dry and roasty, revealing a little bit more of the hops; seemingly lasting forever.