WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Based on other ratings, Iím almost certain that I had a bad bottle of this beer. Mine had NO head to speak of to complement its nearly black color. Nose was fantastic...but flavor was very weak and flat. Iíll have to try this again, hopefully with better luck.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick head. Very dark beer with only a little hint of deep brown showing when held to light. Hints of chocalate and some caramel in the aroma. Has a nice malty taste with some chocolate aftertaste. Good but not great beer.
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Opaque body with marvelous head. Molasses and roast aroma. Thick burned palate. Nice beer for a St-Patrick! Thanks to Eructoblaster for this one.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably one of the better porters I have ever had. It is missing all of the ashy-ness that I normally associate with the style- might have to do with this one being European instead of American.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Pitch black with lots of tan head. Nice broken sheets of lacing. Herbaceous, malty alcoholic aromas. Chcolately and almost sea salty, with a succulent savory burst. Very creamy and rich. Palate is smooth and fulfilling, like good chocolate cherry bread. A little metallic aftertaste brings this one down for me.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
anise and roasted chocalate upfront with a creamy mouthfeel and avery longlasting dry finish. Rasins andPlums roundout this very nice Baltic porter.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown color with decent sized brown head. Aroma is malty with a hint of dark fruit. Taste is smooth and malty with a little roast. Pretty decent, but nothing to write home about.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 bottle. pours black with a slight red when held in front of light.no head or lacing. bitter chocolate and coffee which is good not much carbonation and a nice bitter after taste. really a pretty good porter.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1997 vintage: Poured coffee brown, no head, and thin. Chocolate and roasted nuts in aroma and flavor...bitter long finish. Disappointed by its thin texture and feel in the mouth.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, 1997 vintage. big aroma of licorice, raisins, alcohol, and sweet maltiness. black body, no head. flavour is not unlike milk chocolate. some roastiness and coffee-like properties. very sweet. body is a little on thin side. Itís funny because I didnít realize how old this bottle was..I just picked it up off the shelf at Merchantís Fine Wines in Dearborn without thinking about it. That said, it turned out to be a decent porter.