redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark ruby color with a small nonlasting head. Aroma is sweet fruity wine like. Ugh so is the taste. This is no porter, more of a sweet stout. The sweetness is clinging leaving a bad aftertaste. I am now glad it came in such a small bottle. This is like bad medicine on the tongue, where are the crackers, help.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown pour with a decent tan head.Big roasted coffee nose. Coffee is also at the front of the first sip with a little bitter chocolate sweetness coming in at the middle and riding it out to the end. Creamy palate gives this brew a full mouthfeel but the alcohol comes through a little much for only 5.6%.
Crit (3359) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with large lasting tan head. Roasted nose. Good roasted malt flavor with medium alcohol heat.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 vintage. Sweet plum, chocolate and roasted malt in the nose. Deep dark reddish-brown coloring, thin light head with decent lacing. Medium heavy body. Tastes are the same as the aroma, nice chocolate and roasted flavors also some coffee notes as well. I’m quite pleased with this, a must buy!!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 vintage, sampled 1/03. I get some soy sauce in the nose, with a hint of chocolate. I expect that this bottle is too young. Dark reddish-brown body, small tan head, lasting with lace. Smooth chocolate flavor. I expect that this would be better with some aging.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 bottling. Beautiful body, with creamy medium-lasting head. Aroma is very pleasant if on the mild side, milk chocolate raisins and coffee. Rich, roasty, chocolaty flavor, very smooth, perhaps could use a touch of hops for character? But overall a very fine brew; tis the season for great roasty porters.
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, with virtually no head. Execellent balance of malty sweetness and hops. Sort of sweet with chocolate, fruit, and coffee. Nice flavor and feel but not as good as most American porters that I have tried. Bought at sam’s in chicago for $3.99.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1998 vintage, sampled in late 2002.--- Had this just above room temp. It was a tast xmas eve early morning treat. very smooth with a fruity finish. Chocolat plums dipped in coffee.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pretty dark, with a virtually no head. The malt is sort of sweet with fruits, caramel, chocolate, and toffee, but also roasted leaving coffee and burnt toast. Finishes with noticable hop bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. A very nice, easy drinking porter.
igneous1 (1500) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
color is VERY dark brown with not much of a head. aroma is malty, caramelly and oaky. flavor is mainly chocolate with just the tiniest hint of alcohol.