JeyAre (148) - - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown n colour wroth thin Brown head. The smell is very yeasty. The taste is if course a porter but also very smooth. A bit too soft for my taste but still ok.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has lots of hops, without the heaviness of a lot of porters. The flavor was pretty standard, though... lots of dark malts and bitter hops. Pretty good beer, though not too unique for the style.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this in a brown 16.0 oz bottle with a yellow label. Marked to drink before 2010, and since this is 2003 and this bottle was filled ostensibly in 2001, this must be expected to age well.
Aroma is complex and wonderful. I detect raisons, molasses and burnt honey. The pour is deep black with maybe just a hint of red highlights. It is rich and oily looking, displaying a wispy, beige head. Good lace grabs the glass. Lots of sugars here, apparently. Tastes teriffic. Lots going on here, including that molasses, and a little cocoa mixed with a kind of charcoal flavor. Expresso flavors as well, and dates, followed ever so subtly by a hop balance which just melds with the malt. Finish is slightly sweet, but not cloyingly so. One of the finest porters I have had.
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep dark brownish black with a moderately tan head. Taste was of bitter chocolate, nutty, a bit of burnt carmel. Brandy barrel aging would really compliment this one a bit better. A good beer but not great.
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Opaque body with marvelous head. Molasses and roast aroma. Thick burned palate. Nice beer for a St-Patrick! Thanks to Eructoblaster for this one.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Swedish Porter! Wahoo...My ancestors were Swedish and after tasting this one I would I am proud to call myself a swede! This dark, almost opaque porter pours smoothly into a glass with a nice light tan head. The head dissapates to fine layer of foam. The aroma is full of nice notes of molasses and malt. The flavor is full, but not overpowering with roasted grains tying into a perfect blend with the molasses(treacle) flavor. Full bodied and long lasting finish the hints at coffee and licorice. Wow I call this a great porter and would be happy to sip on this anyday of the year, but it is really nice in the fall. Skol !
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.