BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2001: Roasted coffee, raw bread and funky grain aroma. Very sweet raisin/prune fruitiness on the palate, a little pastey towards the end. Too sweet at first but actually finishes nicely with a roasted coffee bitterness. Probably needs time to temper the sweetness and soy flavors.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark brown color, with a small tan head. Very sweet aroma with touches of coffee and roasted malt. Fairly thin mouthfeel, but a tad oily. Taste is a bit more mild than I expected, but still very good. Not as heavy or full-flavored as I think a porter should be, but still pretty good.
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 060902: Changed my rating. Had a bottle from 2004, stored for 2 years. Still black with a brownish head. This beer really grows with time. Wonderful soft malty chocolate aroma, even better flavor, chocolate, mailky and with a perfect palate. Very, very good. I recommend everyone to but a lot of bottles and then store them...
Also, without adding it to my rating, I just loved the 1986 verision of this beer that was sold at the Stockholm Beer Festival 2004...
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very commanding smokiness, almost rauchbier-like. The roasted barley flavor melts into a strange "hammy" character (something I've found a lot in smoked porters but perhaps haven't developed a taste for yet). Rather dark and mostly smooth, except for a touch of bitterness in that hammy flavor I was talking about.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Vintage 2002) Dark ruby-brown colour with biege head. Roasty aroma with hints of cacao, sweet chocolate and coffee. Taste is to sweet and sticky, choclate, cacao and brown sugar. Needs to mature for 2 or 3 years.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark, with a tad bit of creamy head. Smells is heavy on roasted malt and other sweets. Body is smooth and a tad oily with a decent bite to it. It has all the qualities of a damn good beer, but nothing that stands out from others.
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 (2001 bottle, so around 2 years old)...Wet charcoal aroma over an oversweet black grape juice which borders cough syrup sweetness...The majestuous elegance of subtlety is personified in a refined fieldberry milk gusto...Conversations are fed with an admirable tobacco and port wine combo...Proof that originality and exuberance are not a requirement for personality...
The really old bottles still available do not represent what this beer can be though, so watch out. Just had an 8-year-old one, and it was barely agreeable.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 vintage. Black, small head. Sweet and roasted aroma (oil or smoke?). Sweet (little chocolatey), liqourice-bitter finish. Full. A very good porter.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma and flavor of raisins and coffee, which is overpowered by sweetness. Lacks body.
Shag (2649) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is mainly chocolate and some darker fruit. Taste is slightly bitter but mostly sweet. Palate is a little thin. A good porter but not one of my favorites.