Nate (4186) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to rickgordon for this one. 2003 vintage. Sweet roasted malt, Twizzlers, chocolate and some coffee. Light smoky notes. Dark black clear with thin brown lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with roasted malts, Twizzlers and coffee, some chocolate. Mild smoky notes with tangy bitterness. Medium roasted, lightly burnt malt. Decent bitter finish and bittersweet after.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
’97 bottle, 8oz size. Uninspiring pour: watery brown with a smattering of large bubbles on top. Predominant licorice in the aroma backed up by rye bread and grain husk. This aroma reminds me of Triple Bock. The thin-looking body in the pour shows up again with the first sip. Thin dark malt and weak coffee along with apple tartness comprise the dissapointing flavor. Dry, appley finish. I can’t believe I paid $4 for this bottle...
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Bottled, alc. 5.5%, 2004 vintage in 2005 (BB 12/2014)
Dark almost opaque brown color, good creamy expresso head. Aroma has raisins, roasted malts and coffee: roast, sour and sweet. Sticky sweetish mouthfeel, medium-bodied. As expected delicious chocolaty roasted malts dominate palate. Attacking bitterness and slightly hard/flat mouthfeel too. Aging and extra alcohol would do good to this one. (7/5/7/3/15 3.7)
Vintage 2006 in 2006, alc. 5.5%
Molasses, very light roasted notes in the aroma. Slightly burnt molasses, sweetish, plain. Quite industrial taste as fresh. (6/4/6/3/12 3.1)
Bottled vintage 1998 in 2006
Chocolaty, a bit oxidated nose. Wineous, flat, rounded, roasted coffee beans. Not sweet, drier and more chocolaty than 2005-2006 vintages. Unfortunately past its prime. (6/4/5/4/12 3.1)
Vintage 2000 in 2006
Portwineous nose, clean palate - no oxidation. Chocolaty, not sweet. Rounded, propably "the peak" vintage right now. (7/4/7/3/14 3.5)
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small light tan ring of a head. Dark opaque black body. The aroma is light licorice, baker’s chocolate, and light soy sauce. The flavor is very chocolately but falls flat quickly. Very flat and watery medium full body. Was exepcting more.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a very dark dark brown color with a small head. aroma is roasted, sweetness with a bit of sourness and soy sauce. flavor is lots of roasted chocolate but is kind of flat all the way through. body is flat. while not bad, it is sort of just there.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1997 Poured an almost opaque dark brown with no head. Sweet, roasted malt with a good amount of tang. Like a smokey tang or a soy sauce tang. Flavor appears to be a little muted. Most likely from age. Sweet and malty with hints of chocolate. Flat and smooth with a medium body with a semi dry finish.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.82oz - Argang 1997 - Burnt malt, chocolate,with a black licorice aroma. Black with no head except a few bubbles around the edges. Still some lacing though. I bought this at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido in Jan 05 so I don’t know how it was cared for up until now. If it is in fact 7-8 yrs old, it has help up very well. Flavor is complex and subtle at the same time. Roasted malt chocolate with hint of coffee. After reading some of the reviews, I think age is key to this great porter.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(My bottle says "Argang 2001.") Head dissipated within one minute. Nutty, complex nutty, coffee, and sweet licorice flaovors. I’ll try this again.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours a murky brown color with slight hints of ruby red. The head was mild at first, tanned and fluffy but evaporated within a matter of two minutes. Some lacing to be had, but nothing to write home about. The aroma is strong and alcoholic, smokey with a hint of coffee, wood, oak, sherry and licorice. Deep fruits such as plums can also be detected. The flavor is medium to full bodied, very light on the carbonation. Very dry finish, some smokyness, but an overwhelming coffeeness to the taste. The coffee leaves no room for any other flavors here and allows for little bittering or balance. Malty long-lasting flavor, grapes perhaps...and a hint of licorice. Port-winey in a way.
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 I can forgive a lot of Carlsberg’s past sins for this Swedish classic. Poured a teak colour with a fleeting coffee-coloured head. Rich aromas dominated by licorice but with espresso notes. Magnificent creamy-smooth palate. Wow. Sweetish at the front of the mouth with licorice/molasses dominant. Lovely long, dry finish. Incredibly smooth drinking. The best porter I’ve come across. (Sample: 2001 bottle)