Braudog (5347) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Salty Dawg Saloon, Homer AK. Boiling lava-like tan head rolls out of this black one. Stark anise aroma, the flavor strikes like bitter whole chocolate, but settles into a mellow sweet dark beer.
fordest (1957) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Three Rivers, CA. Pource a very nice dark color. Aromas were nice coffee, toffee, and other malts. Flavors fell off a bit though with a decent start, but a slightly sour finish that I didnít think balanced well. Still drinkable though.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a dark plum colored pour capped with a quickly dissipating tan head giving off the aromas of coffee, vanilla, and sweet candi sugars. huge amounts of coffee in the flavor were tempered a bit by some chocolates and vanilla. i would have like a bit more body, as there was a definite thinness to the beer both during the pour and as part of the mouthfeel. with a little more texture and body, this could be an excellent beer...its flavor profile is hard to match
GMP (16) - USA - JUL 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft and Bottle - Nice porter, another of Deschutesí great offerings, lovely aroma with some chocolate, nice dark look, great smooth taste and mouth feel (some negative aftertaste from the bottle).
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I havenít drank many poters. Taste like a very mild sweet stout. It seems to have a slight after taste. Canít pin it down. Beer seems to fit the style. Not bad, worth a try.
BeerandBlues2 (8444) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aromas of chicory and dark roasted coffee with a leather nose. Sweet caramel malt and roasted chocolate, coffee flavors; a faint hoppiness near the end. Full bodied and creamy palate.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Red-brown with a light smoked aroma. Not sweet at all. Faintly nutty; in fact, reminds me more of a nut brown ale than a porter, but it works. A noticeable metallism combined with a bit too much carbonation are this beers downsides.
Re-rate: 9,5,8,4,17 Iím impressed with my consistency. More smoky than I remember, but still nice.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black, decent tan head. Roasty and slightly sweet. A little saltiness and light bitterness. Satisfying.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black colour with burgundy notes and thin tan head. Mild carmel malt nose. Strong carmel malt taste with underlying alcohol notes with lasting Roasted malt finish.
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Second rating: When you get a good bottle of this, itís almost all the way lovely. Fabulous head, very smokey character as a porter should have, it is actually mild aside from that, and medium-bodied.
Original rating (3.3/5): Medium-intensity aroma of coffee and chocolate. Pours very dark opaque brown with nice head that diminishes over time. Flavor is quite mild, and palate even milder, which probably affects my perception of the flavor. I could get more from my porter.