SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a really nice porter. Thick mouthfeel has some rather milky characteristics. Brief roastiness followed by tons of chocolate malt flavor. All balanced subtly by a nice northwestern hop presence.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thick creamy off tan head and nice sheets of lace. Nice aromas of chocolate malts and some wood smells along with a touch of coffee. Coffee and roast malt comes out a lot stronger in the flavor, bitter hops, and some wine like features. Extremely smooth palate; nice and creamy. Body is nice and thick and it finishes with a touch of mocha and alchol.
BendBeerRater (5) - USA - FEB 7, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark brown color with lasting tan head. Coffee-like aroma with a nice roasty taste. One of my favorites.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours very dark brown with a big tan head that is fully retained. Aroma is mainly roasted malt with a hint of smoke. Flavor is quite smokey, with a very nice sweet finish. Yummy.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a tan head and nice lacing. The aromas are of roasted malt, coffee, and a sweet scent of banana. Flavors of caramel and coffee combine with a hint of fruity sweetness. It doesn't sound like this would work but it does.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught I think I enjoyed more than in the bottle. A bit confused as I walked into store to see two different packages. Anyone clue me in on this? Did they just go through a label change? One looks just like it does on the page here and the other is a darker label that I thought I had seen before. The bottle seemed thinner than the luscious draft I had. That might have been me going mental on a late night though. Draught was leaning to the sweet side, but with enough roast character and hops to provide a great balance.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is chocolate and coffee, with some fruity/spicy hops in the background. Color is dark dark brown, off-white head dissipated quickly. Flavor is dominated by roast malts and chocolate, with the citrusy hops coming through more clearly. Roasty dry finish, slightly bitter. Medium body. This is a decent robust porter that highlights roasted malts and American hops.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a dark ruby brown color with a small fizzy tannish head, a head that doesn't seem to endure more than a minute. Minor lacing can be observed. Initial aroma definately has notes of roasted malts and hazelnut. First sip reveals a slight buttery malt flavor, with some roasted goodness thrown in. Perhaps a minor twinge of Cascade hops greets you on the finish, as well as the lingering roasted malt. Unfortunately it doesn't last as long as I would have liked. I always remembered this beer as being a little "thicker". Regardless, a good Pacific Northwest Porter.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I first discovered this beer back in the early 90's in college and have always liked it. It might be a little on the thin side, but still a nice roasty malt balance with some american hops as well.
WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is beer for the masses. Thin, watery, grocery store beer. Where's the porter?