burtallen (2) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was very surprised by the rich flavor of this beer, It was recommended by a beer store. This is one of my all time favorite beer!
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
opaque pour with a nice light brown head, but the head disappears fast. Roasted malt aroma, vanilla, dirt...has a nice smell of the outdoors. Nice bitterness to start, good amount of roasted malt, some mild chocolate sweetness. Beautiful bitterness to finish, nice mouthfeel, very dry. Full plate here, this is a wonderful beer, and I am glad to have had the chance to sample this.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vicious deep black pour, creamy mocha colored head. Nose held nice notes of espresso, roasted milk chocolate, whispers of vanilla, light ruby port, toast, and hints of earthiness. It was very well balanced with burnt chocolate malt notes up front, and a nice bitter hop bite in the end. Definite alcohol undertones with each sip were noted. Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth, Sahara dry, bittersweet finish. Dark Horse knows the black ale very well, but this is certainly no porter in my book! I would put it more along the lines of a dry imperial stout. With that being said, still a very good brew...
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tan head and a dark caramel-brown body. Aroma and flavor are of rich chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. This is a sweet, creamy, and delicious porter. Has the nice house signature for this brewery and is my favorite of the 3 "dark" Dark Horse beers sampled.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Berries, prunes and raisins with a fair roastiness and some alcohol apparent to the nose. Pours a very inky black with a dark brown cover of head that recedes rapidly to a thin veil and ring. Coffee and chocolate flavours spar to a draw with a charred, burnt roastiness coming out in the finish. Strong berry-like fruitiness and spicy, orange hop flavour throughout with a malt body that nicely supports the roasty bitterness. Lasting sweetness and roasted malt flavour in the aftertaste. Full-bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation. Bottle (trade Nov. 2004). Thanks, Silphium!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep opaque black body with a very large head more in the realm of a brown, rather than tan in color. Perfect appearence. Deeply roasted nose with hints of coffee mainly, and a touch of chocolate and blackberries. Taste follows suit with an explosion of roasted grains (chocolate, coffee), fruits and a mild hop bitterness. A tasty one for sure.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had no idea what this beer was, poured a thick oil black with a tall tan head. This thing is swimming with alcohol in the taste and aroma, aside from that theres some big roasty coffee, almost burnt tasting, and some prune flavor. A very big and bitter beer that doesnít try to hide any of its alcohol.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 Another big thanks to footbalm for this. .Pours obsidian with two-finger tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt, rich chocolate syrup, some coffee, some gym shorts, hops, prunes, licorice, Lucky Charms cereal (the first 3 aromas make up 75% of the aroma here). Tastes roasty toasty dark malty, with big chocoff, some rauchiness, some licorice, some blackberries. I figured this for an Impy stout, or an elite regular stout. As a porter, it is among the all time pantheon of greatness. As good as many Impy stouts Iíve had (or better), and just as rich and complex! Better than Dogwood Impy Porter, which had been my favorite porter thus far. Just astounding!!!
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle-again, hats off to jtw for sending this fine porter. pours pitch black with a small tan head. looks like most breweries oatmeal/sweet stouts! This beer was not as viscus as the previous 4 stouts i have had from this brewery, but much thicker than the thirsty trout porter. Aromas of coffee, piney hops, earthy, chocolate and a touch of toffee. nice flavors of roast, char, chocolate, and earthy hops, which is the first time i have detected hops in their dark beers. again, shitloads of black patent malts (this brewery must have bags of this stuff stacked to the celling!). palate is full and slingtly oily like all their dark beers. a fantastic porter that im glad i have another bottle. This brewery needs to get their website running again sometime soon!!!
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
much thanks to the man clarkw for this reserve porter.the dark horse poured black with a nice chocolate looking head that faded quickly.the aroma i gathered was a bit of coffee,some chocolate,and a bit of alcohol.damn the mouthfeel on this is outstanding!nice and thick with a good coating on the tounge.the flavor is top notch as well.chocolate,coffee,malts,and a bit of brownies at the end.this is a serious porter.