PorterPounder (4954) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap at the brewpub. Dark, licorice-like appearance, thick mocha colored head with good lacing. Bittersweet chocolate flavor with some sweet licorice accents. Thick, silky mouthfeel. All in all, a very good brewpub stout.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: Moose’s Tooth Brewing Company in Anchorage AK) Strongly dark roasted, fairly bitter flavor overpowers the sweet, moderate oatmeal flavor initially, but the oatmeal hangs in and maintains solid presence, finishing strong; The nose is oatmeal and dark roasted maltiness, moderately sweet, with some alcohol creeping in; Full bodied and a little chewy; Like their Prince William’s Porter, it’s nearly black and opaque, but dark brown at the edges; Light tan head is small on the pour and fades to nothing
kenaibrew (11) - Sterling, Alaska, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black Gold from the far north, the boys at Mooses Tooth have done it again, if you like a thick creamy oatmeal stout you will like this one. Chocolate and coffee with a bit of butterscotch and oak flavor to boot.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the bourbon barrel aged Ripped Pipline Stout on tap at the 2004 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. I don't want to get into the "new beer" v. "same beer in a barrel" discussion so I'll just rate it here. You can really taste the barrel on this one. Black beer with a foam ring for a head and a bourbon barrel nose. Butterscotch, oak, bourbon with some coffee bitterness in the finish. A great sipping beer although the bourbon dominates the stout.