fiulijn (16428) - 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.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is molasses and coffee. Very dark with little head. Slightly sweet with some bitterness at the end. A bit short in taste.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
had the 2000 version and it was very good. it was quite dark with a strong roast aroma. very smooth and a little sweet goin down. well done
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An exceptionally delicious porter.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Sampled 2000 vintage, stored two years.
The colour is very dark brown with OK beige head. Full nose with sirup, soy-sauce and a very dry malt tone.
Flavor with roasted tones, coffee, malt sweetness, some mineral hints and chocolate. This beer really gets better by storing and matures really quick. Right now the 2000 vintage is on sale in Sweden, stored by Carlsberg. And it´s actually cheaper than the 2002 version. Strange but good for us beerlovers.
The 2002 version is IMO a bit thin but has a nice chocolate tone mixed with lots of mineral. The 1989 vintage is matured and more of a port. 1999, 2001 and 2003 isn´t worth mentioning
argo0 (12119) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer with good head. Chocolate aroma with hints of roastiness. On taste, this flip-flops, with the roastiness becoming dominant but supplemented by hints of chocolate. Roasty bitter aftertaste. Full bodied, slightly chewy, but smooth. Incidentally, I accidentally served Kathy the top, and me the bottom (i.e., no mixing), of the beer. There was a noticeable difference in flavors, with the ’top’ half tasting less full, and even slightly metallic. This rating is based on re-mixing the two halves.
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very rich, with a lotof flavors - fruit (plums?), chocolate, coffee, maybe a little smoke. very good.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best, most well-rounded porters I’ve had. It has a sweet, malty aroma and a slight rim of foam. Very dark, rich color. There is a good presence of roasted malts, and I detect some smoked flavor as well. Great balance with the sweetness. Very firm and malty mouthfeel.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
no head at all. chocolate nose. very syrupy with a solid alcohol presence. Fruity. and absolutely excellent beer
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 2001: Aroma of port and luscious fruity malts. rather vinous with notes of roasted malt, cream, almonds, caramel, and lots of molasses. Flavors that follow are fruit (raisins) and, again, molasses. There is a nice chewiness to this which I have not experienced in too many porters. It also exhibits a fairly high acidic level. Very solid.