Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A definitive ebony hue. Good, crackling tan head. As Fred Eckhart recommends, put this one to your ear and listen! Aroma is a blast of espresso, cocoa, anise and molasses. Rich and roasted, with loads of bitterness on the palate and a tenacious finish. Complex, if a bit gritty. Not a brew for novices or girly-men, this is stiff and substantial stuff. Label says best before August 2O1O, but who could wait that long? Unfortunately, the brewery has become bereft of their senses and is discontinuing this classic, so grab one if you can.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
09.19.04 2001, 500ml Iíve had this beer a bunch of times, so Iím surprised I havenít entered any notes before. Beer pours a dark, dark brown with middling brown head. Very solid porter with nice coffee and dark fruit complexity. No beating around the bush, this is a standby and always very tasty. Perfect body for a porter is medium coating, lightly effervescent, finishes sticky.
Hansen (8436) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and with a big brown head. Coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Flavor has lots of malt/bread with coffee and chocolate. Complex and good.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1997, small bottle. Freakin fantastic beer. Robust, complex, full bodied flavors intertwined to make just a great beer. The bittersweet chocolate and coffee are rich and tasty. Mellow dried fruits. Smooth and lightly gritty finish.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and malt. Creamy palate. Flavor reflects the aroma of the beer quite nicely. Good porter!
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, argang 2002, sampled same year. Very dark in colour with thick brown head. Roasty, coffeeish aroma; bitter, roasty and chocolate notes in the palate. My friend (not a beer lover) when tasted it said: "Is this a beer? Is it possible for a beer to taste like this?" Then he went to Systembolaget and bought a bottle of Orval...
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark black appearance with a creamy tan head. Has roasty aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is roasty. Has initial flavor of chocolate/coffee with a saccharin aftertaste that is a little too sweet.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black, oilly color with a nice head that diminishes quickly to a fine lace. Aroma is typical porter, which is a very good thing. Flavor is roasted coffee, sweet malts, and a grassy, hop-laden finish. Very tasty beer, no doubt about it!
jonas (6863) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted nutty nose.
Opaque brown, big foamy brown head.
Coffee, sugar and nut flavors.
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours a very dark reddish brown a modest medium tan head and not much lacing. Aroma is dominated by a strong fruity smell. Grape jelly to be exact. Behind that is a slight prunes chocolate and coffee. Flavor is earthy, slightly sweet, prunes figs and brown sugar. Interesting no grape (like the aroma) or the burnt smokey flavor that is common on many porters. Mouth feel is the only dissapointment her. Soft and smooth but a bit thin. A very tasty brew. A shame I canít get it out here. Glad I had this before the use by date expired. Only 5.5 years away. Isn't it nice when you are mostly done with a rating of 4+ and realize that you stil have about 14 oz to go on it. : )Thanks again to Probiere for the trade.