Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
1997, tasted 2002. Cuban coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, port, tied together extremely well by a bitterness that comes equally from hops and roast. Probably the best porter I’ve had. And the old-school label would get it extra points if I wasn’t already giving it a perfect score.
Ingevara (850) - SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark sweetish barley-candy. Lots of coffee here, and chocolate. Lots of flavors apparently, and a deep lingering aroma. Perfect for a greasy pork meal or to just enjoy in front of the fire. It even tastes good in the hot summer sun.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark with a tan thin head. Espresso nose and taste with a sweet finish. Nice porter (2000 edition).
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 Great Porter! The aroma and taste were filled with chocolate, woody, licorice, alcohol, coffee, and sweet tones. The appearance was completely black, but when I held it up to sunlight a little red shown through. Magnificent porter!
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured this from a 2001 batch. Whispers of vanilla coffee and malted milkshake drift up from a creamy beige top. Solid black, I cannot see through this sea of brown ink. A deep roasted nugget with a brief appearance of bitter. This is a very smooth porter. It almost reminds me of a slightly hopped up Schwarzbier. Nice, this is candy bar nice.
jaymobrown (1734) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, rich, dark color. A little syrupy, with flavors of chocolate and toffee. However, not very much taste, and lacking in any distinguishing taste.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice and rich aroma. The first sip is quite good with the usual chocolate and chocolate notes. Unfortunately it gets a bit sweet and sticky after a while. This is far too mild, sweet and sirupy for me. It’s better than the 3.5-version though.
Ronny (100) - Arlöv, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
what can I say ,just drink and enjoy. Strong,fullbodied,choclate,coffee,sweet and bitter at the same time (having a 2000 vers. left to try and I hope its even better
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big head that dissipates quickly. Rich, chocolatey aroma. Deep color that allows light through, making it a deep, ruddy amber. Roasted coffee flavor with a rich, balanced complexity. A bit herbal in the start with a pleasantly bitter finish. Be sure you pour this one evenly, especially if you are sharing. The flavor settles in the bottom.
fiulijn (16426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1996, 14-07-2002] Dark, poor head and carbonation. Very strong aroma: malt, huge porto wine, liquorice. Good taste, mix of roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate, liquorice, porto wine (this is quite rare!); the body isn’t really strong. Good palate, a bit sweet.