SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured this from a 2001 batch. Whispers of vanilla coffee and malted milkshake drift up from a creamy beige top. Solid black, I cannot see through this sea of brown ink. A deep roasted nugget with a brief appearance of bitter. This is a very smooth porter. It almost reminds me of a slightly hopped up Schwarzbier. Nice, this is candy bar nice.
jaymobrown (1606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, rich, dark color. A little syrupy, with flavors of chocolate and toffee. However, not very much taste, and lacking in any distinguishing taste.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice and rich aroma. The first sip is quite good with the usual chocolate and chocolate notes. Unfortunately it gets a bit sweet and sticky after a while. This is far too mild, sweet and sirupy for me. It’s better than the 3.5-version though.
Ronny (100) - Arlöv, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
what can I say ,just drink and enjoy. Strong,fullbodied,choclate,coffee,sweet and bitter at the same time (having a 2000 vers. left to try and I hope its even better
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big head that dissipates quickly. Rich, chocolatey aroma. Deep color that allows light through, making it a deep, ruddy amber. Roasted coffee flavor with a rich, balanced complexity. A bit herbal in the start with a pleasantly bitter finish. Be sure you pour this one evenly, especially if you are sharing. The flavor settles in the bottom.
fiulijn (13334) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1996, 14-07-2002] Dark, poor head and carbonation. Very strong aroma: malt, huge porto wine, liquorice. Good taste, mix of roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate, liquorice, porto wine (this is quite rare!); the body isn’t really strong. Good palate, a bit sweet.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is molasses and coffee. Very dark with little head. Slightly sweet with some bitterness at the end. A bit short in taste.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
had the 2000 version and it was very good. it was quite dark with a strong roast aroma. very smooth and a little sweet goin down. well done
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An exceptionally delicious porter.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Sampled 2000 vintage, stored two years.
The colour is very dark brown with OK beige head. Full nose with sirup, soy-sauce and a very dry malt tone.
Flavor with roasted tones, coffee, malt sweetness, some mineral hints and chocolate. This beer really gets better by storing and matures really quick. Right now the 2000 vintage is on sale in Sweden, stored by Carlsberg. And it´s actually cheaper than the 2002 version. Strange but good for us beerlovers.
The 2002 version is IMO a bit thin but has a nice chocolate tone mixed with lots of mineral. The 1989 vintage is matured and more of a port. 1999, 2001 and 2003 isn´t worth mentioning