ElManana (133) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall I thought this was decent but it was thinner than expected and developed a watery taste at times. The huge roasted flavor and sherry like aroma was very unique and the roasted flavor lasted forever. A nice porter, but not one I’d search for. 1998 bottle.
bjerkeaa (132) - NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black pour with light brown head. Aromas of mild coffee, toffee and chocolate. Thin body, medium/small palate. Close to no bitterness.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1997 vintage: Poured coffee brown, no head, and thin. Chocolate and roasted nuts in aroma and flavor...bitter long finish. Disappointed by its thin texture and feel in the mouth.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ive never seen a beer this black. It looks more like im drinking dark molasses. There is little to no head, but this is probably due to the fact the carbonation has fizzled since this is a 1997 vintage (ie 7 years old). The taste has slight maltyness with little hops and barley flavor, yet somehow still has a good flavor. Hints of caramel, prunes, and cashews round out the flavor. I would like to try some younger vintages so see if more carbonation and freshness adds to this delightful brew. Dont know if this 8.8oz bottle was worth 6 bucks but it was a bad 50th beer!
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild porter. Fantastic look - black with a long lasting, sudsy, tannish head, and great lacing on the glass. Light aroma of some coffee, maybe some licorice. Light to medium body. No carbonation, goes down super easy. Somewhat weak flavor. Some sweetness. Expected more from this one.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice, it tastes great and just has a nice creamy mouthfeel (mild da?) very enjoyable. Im gonna make a habbit out of this.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 One of the worlds best stout/porters with Koff, Guinness FES, Coopers and Courage Imperial. Dont need words just drink it you"ll understand!!!
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 vintage. Sweet plum, chocolate and roasted malt in the nose. Deep dark reddish-brown coloring, thin light head with decent lacing. Medium heavy body. Tastes are the same as the aroma, nice chocolate and roasted flavors also some coffee notes as well. I’m quite pleased with this, a must buy!!
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Its dark in here so it pours black with a rich tan head of big bubbles. Mild nose of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is mild cocoa, a hint of coffee, and burnt toffee/hops. The flavors blend very well together. This is not a big porter, but a harmonious one. Very classy.
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