Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very large head, rocky and with sizeable bubbles. Burgundy-tinged dark brown colour. The aroma shows a black malt acidity, the cookie part of an Oreo, and hints of coffee. Dark malt bitterness pervades on the palate, with cocoa, almond shell, and a touch of flowery hop far in the background. Slightly tart in the finish. Thin body overall. I can see the popularity of this beer - it shares many traits with the great one (St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout) - the bitterness, strong dark malt character...but it is neither as complex, nor rounded, nor full of body as the great one. It is decent, but definitely Tier Two or Three.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good color, chocolate brown, somewhat translucent. A mellow flavor, hoppy in a good way. The roasted malts have a deep and long lasting flavor.
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: This beer is a very dark brown color. It also has a good, strong tan head. There is a decent aroma of hops to it: somewhat more than you would expect in a porter. Good strong body of roastiness, chocolate and some coffee. Good taste of hoppiness to it. I like this!
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma and not as sweet as a typical porter with a hint of bitternes. The flavor is decidedly hoppy (must be the "complex hop character" of the commercial description) but I like it - it doesn't seem out of place here. The overall effect is smooth and offers a nice mouthfeel with very little aftertaste.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color,small long lasting tan head.malty hoppy aroma with a mild sweetness as well.Brief roasty flavor at first that changed quite fast to a big blast of hops and mild chocolate.The after taste was mostly bitter hops with just a very faint presence of other flavor's.This is definately not what i expected for a porter.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Typical brown, average head. An average porter, nothing really special here. Maybe a hint of brandy that seems to blend well with the standard porter flavors, but not enough for big points.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid lookin' porter pouring amber brown to settle very dark brown with deep amber highlights and a solid tight frothy head of tannish cocoa color that grew to just below an inch high faded somewhat slowly to a ever present skim and lots of light webby lace.
Smell is a solid roasted malt aroma with a milk chocolatey backing and upon swirling gets a note of coffee and burntness.
Taste is a bit more complex then the smell with a hefty almost chewy amount of roasted malts, giving it a over baked, slightly burnt cookie sense with mild milk chocolate and a slight coffee flavor appearing late and the drying sense from the coffee and chocolate showing up even later, quite a nice finish. Overall, very smooth and easy with a light milding amount of bittering hops and just the right amount of taste and flavors to make you take notice. Feel is medium bodied, starts a little weak but picks up nicely and finishes with a genuine porter quality 'late' finish that I like. Its not as sweet or as bold as some porters, but its respectable. Very drinkable as well. Reasonably solid porter.
adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don't think I enjoyed this one as much as the others. As far as porters go, I didn't find this very sweet (like others I've tried) it had a more roasted nut flavour. Light on the aroma - mostly malt, smooth mouthfeel. Overall pretty good, but I'd like a little more kick.
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Substantial head and subtle flavors. Very frothy, with a tingling and mild aroma. Reddish color. Roasted, nutty, all around decent, with an average mouthfeel.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good porter. Color and mouthfeel are right on. I expected perhaps a bit dryer, but I have no major problems with this beer.