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.
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.
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.
MartinT (8736) - 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.
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 (2723) - 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.
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.
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 bottle quaffed in 2003. Wow, some damn good portah. The obligatory choco-coffee tastes are there along with some fruity undertones married with a roasty aftertaste. not too heavy at all. yar this be good!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is dark brown with deep amber highlights with a pinky-finger high head of bumpy, lumpy dark ivory crown, no real lace qualities. Smell is of dark fruits - banana, starfruit, and mixes well with some real quaility darkened caramel sweetness from malts with a notes in toffeeness. Taste is soooo smooth of caramel, lots of maltyness, some great small bitterness of dark citrusy hops noting on banana and orange, notes of toffee, maple syrup, and a even a touch of chocolate lightly making an appearance in there, quite a nice subtle mixing in this offering. Very full bodied with an enormous amount of exceptional creamyness that just slides down making a home in every area of your senses. Wow, this was one great little amount of fun, so sad to see the last sip go.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 1997 vintage sampled on 11/25/06: Bottle opens without any sound of carbonation. Pours a mostly still, barely-transparent mahogany brown with a thin ring of slightly-lacing tan head. Rich aroma of milk chocolate and aged, slightly oxidized caramel malt with a touch of roast. Body starts sweet and toffee flavored balanced with nice, mild dark chocolate bitterness toward a sticky, smoky, earthy finish. Some carbonation still remains in the palate. This seems to have aged very well for a regular porter.
2001 sampled on 7/22/04: Pours an oily rich opaqueness with a thin silky tan head. Aroma is rich and sweetly complex with some aged character and a touch of roasted malt. Starts nicely caramely sweet with some dark chocolatey bitterness and dryness showing up toward the finish. This has aged very well, considering it’s not bottle-conditioned, not highly hopped, and not very high in alcohol, plus it endured a trip across the Atlantic. A very amazing brew!
2001 sampled on 6/9/03: Rich brown oily appearance with a voluptuous tan head. Aroma of fresh baked chocolate brownies. Smooth chocolatey body immersed in caramel finishes dry and sweet. Good complexity and very mellow. The Cougar says it’s the best porter he’s had.