maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001. Black as Texas crude, with a thin mocha head that fades in minutes. Sweet and fruity nose yields sorghum or molasses, currants or prunes, cranberry, blackberry, and lavender(!). Starts with a lavish espresso flavor, tempered by fruity acidity and balanced tannins; then, essences of apple, almond, juniper, and RC cola paint the tongue. Chocolate elements are evident, but restrained. Reminds me of both good ruby port, and double-strength Colombian coffee. No carbonation. Pleasantly full-bodied, almost syrupy, but not cloying. Decadent aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate, turkish coffee, black cherry, marzipan, leather, licorice, hop. An excellent elixir that demands to be sipped and savored.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an 8.82 oz. bottle bought in Atlanta in 2001. It is the 1998 version and it held up quite well! It has very little carbonation and virtually no head. The aroma is of sweetness, malt, caramel, prunes, and soy sauce. The flavor contains very little hops. It tastes very malty like a chocolate malt (shake). It is dark, sweet, malty, chocolaty, fruity, soy saucy and has a medium body. Overall a nice combination of flavors that developed over a 6 year period.
rauchbier (3793) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from Systembolaget store in Malmř. 2004 edition. Jet black with flashes of red, thin but lasting off white head and gentle condition. Sweet and fruity malt in the nose with touches of woodiness but all quite restrained. Sweet and smokey in the mouth with some chocolate and roast apparent as well as a fruity note. Finish is long and dry with hints of sweet liquorice, roast barley and chocolate. Deep and warming alcohol note rumbles like distant thunder in your digestive tract. If only the aroma was a little more assertive.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 2001 Edition. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Initial head was about 1.5 inches of fluffy, thick foam which settled into a 1/4 inch after a couple minutes. Almost opaque in the glass, the beer was reddish umber when light could get through. The aroma is not strong and I didn’t smell the coffee mentioned on the label. What I did smell was a very clean and soft fragrance. At first, the Carnegie fills your mouth but doesn’t explode with taste. It’s creamy and smooth, but also light and fresh in the mouth (not overly heavy and surprisingly refreshing for the color). After swallowing, the taste explodes in a not over-bitter flavor. The aftertaste remains bitter for a few seconds and then settles back into a smooth and soft that lingers for about two minutes. All in all, it is the best porter I can remember having. NOTE: I chilled the beer for 30 min. in the freezer, since I'm impatient and I got home late. I'm not sure if it would be better at a colder temperature, but it tasted great even as it got a bit lukewarm.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black to red brown appearance, nice big tan head on top.
Aroma is a bit weak, some roastiness and a unpleasant metallic note.
Strong roasty flavor, good bitterness, some chocolate and a sweet sugary end. Rather nice flavor, good session porter. Think this one will gain from aging. Thanks to rickgordon for this one.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with dark red hues, small tannish head, somewhat decent lacing.   Aroma is rather subdued on this one, slightly roasty and chocolatey, nothing extraordinary.   Up front I get a smooth chocolately, quite malty too.   Progressing towards the finish I get more of a soy like sweetness.   Very smooth, good body, quite the pleasure to drink.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 edition. Pours deep red-brown (but transparent) with a creamy light tan head. Toffee, wood, caramel, toast, and earthy hops apparent in the aroma. Flavor is suggestive of a doppelbock, with strong raisin notes, toffee, caramel and toast as well as licorice. Sweet brown sugar finish with tight carbonation reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Reminds me of Fuller’s London Porter (mmm...). I’m also picking up some tobacco in the finish. Medium-bodied and packed with flavor, this is a very nice porter indeed.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown body with a red glow and a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is quite weak penetrated by pilsner malt (!), hops and some smoke and liquorice. Flavor is nice but also a little weak and thin. Notes of sweet roasted malt, brown sugar, smoke and hops. A tastefull porter but needs more body to be great! It will probably gain some after a couple of years of storage!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My 30th country, woo-hoo! Dark burgundy-brown body and thick, creamy tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, berries, and some light coffee notes. Well-balanced flavor and smooth body. Thanks to loweredsixth for sending me a taste of Sweden.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2001) dark brown with red overtones, pours a thick head that quickly dissipates, roasted malt, sweet and fruity, light hops, some coffee and light chocolate, a bit winey; flavor is strong, roasted malt, lightly hopped, sweet and fruity, coffee, a bit light texturally