jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Brown tinged black body with a small beige head. Dark bitter coffee roast with notes of chocolate in the aroma. Flavour is thin muted roast with notes of charcoal. Thin palate. Not unpleasant but fails to impress.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best before 3/3/2006 bottle, consumed on 1/1/2006 with OldGrowth. Well integrated chocolate and vanilla in the nose, with soft roast and light earthy barley notes. Light vinousness is hinted at. A dark brown color, with ruby highlights, mostly clear and with no sediment on the bottom. Small beige colored head is not particularly retained well, but does remain at cover. Smells almost oaty, though overall, the aroma is very low in strength. Upon drinking, the texture is lightly gritty, with prickly carbonation at first, but soon a nutty, chewy, caramel and milk chocolate flavor arises. Light cherries and dates, raisins and cinnamon, all rather subtle, but there. Medium-light body, though not thin. For being bottle conditioned, the carbonation is rather frisky. Light roast lingers and light fruitiness in the aroma softens things as it begins to warm. Light graham cracker dryness and ends rather lively still, with a touch of wateriness. Big thanks to FlacoAlto for the bottle!!
OldGrowth (2612) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, provided by ClarkVV. Good nose, sweet. Cocoa, coffee, little of a talc thing, minor fruitiness. Reddish brown/black color, small head with minor lacing. Malty. Roasty flavors, Like aroma, but doesn’t match it. Roast seems lighter. Some nuttiness and fruitiness. Thin body, lite watery mouthfeel, bitter dr finish. Nice easy to drink beer. Certainly hits all the right parts of being a porter, which I’m not a big deliberate drinker of, but was enjoyable. Thanks Clark.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured with a nice big tan head. Coffee dominates this one, but a little thin on the palate, still very good, nice drinking, this one is!
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark brown with browinsh head. roasty aroma of chocolate. chocolate and smokey flavor which fads from slightly sweet to a little bitter but not drastically. lots of coffee flavor. nice smokey aftertase. Nice beer for a cold day. Very enjoyable.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Courtesy of Degarth. Nut and roast malts in the aroma. Poured a deep dark brown almost black with a tan head. Flavor is good starting sweet courtesy of the crystal malts then turning roasty and nutty with a slight chocolate in there and some coffee as well. Palate is nice, light and flowing yet rich enough to stick around. Very enjoyable.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nutty and fairly roasty aroma has some biscuity characteristics as well. Dark brown body with ruby highlights is topped by a decent, fine bubbled tan head that lasts well and leaves some sudsy lacing. Sweetness up front is quickly replaced by roasty malts and fair bitterness. Chocolate lasts in the aftertaste. Medium light body with fair carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.
jefcon (1359) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, nutty aromas waft up from this deep brown brew. Coffee more than chocolate on the nose. Palate is quite light, yet long. Assertive coffee and nuts on the taste. A long porter that is not at all syrupy or thick.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks a lot for the bottle, Duane. The body is dark brown with a dark ruby color in the light. The thick and frothy head is a medium khaki color. The aroma is roasted almonds with hints of coffee and chocolate. There is a hint of sweet honey in the smell. The taste has some cheap coffee with a little note of dark chocoate. A little thin, but that makes this a nice session porter.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the First Annual Florida Ratebeer Gathering.
These ratings were taken from one day of about 60 different tastings all were good and all have blended together but I know I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them and none were bad.