Nate (4170) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at a TGIF in Vancouver, WA. Mild nutty roasted grain, with some tangy acidic hoppiness. A bit of coffee and chocolate, smoke. Dark black-brown clear with light tan lacing head. Medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with decent malt sweetness, light bitter chocolate, coffee and toffee. A bit of Twizzlers and molasses. Good carbonic tang and very little bitterness. Mild sweet finish with some nutty bitterness. A bit watery but nice.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Opaque black with a solid beige head. Smooth, roasty chocolate aroma. Flavor is sweet chocolate-toffee with a grassy hop bite right on the back of the tongue. I wish this was just slightly more chewy, and a just a touch less sweet. Still, a very enjoyable brew!
Skyview (5534) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mickey Finnís Brewpub in Portland, Oregon. This location does not brew their own beer. Pours an opaque dark borwn brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissolves and leaves behind a creamy lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt, with some vanilla and flowery hop character. Taste is full bodied, lightly carbonated with a creamy chocolate malt taste. Finish is smooth and creamy with a slightly light malty aftertaste.
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of sweet raisiny aroma. Good upfront roasty flavor w/ a really dry finish. Solid porter. Really wish I could get here.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 Bottle. Best by 08/09/07. The beer pours to a dark cola colored body that looks black in quantity. A very lively creamy tan head sits on top and leaves a light delicate lacing. Lots of noticeable carbonation propagates up the side of my tulip glass. The aroma is heavily floral hops and crystal malt with a light soapy chocolate. The flavor is soapy floral hops and chocolate malt. Lots of crystal malt in this one. The palate is slick and light. A bit thin. 6,5,6,3,13 Rerate: tap. Very nice. Creamy. Coffee. Silken. Happy to see thus one now available in Milwaukee.
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím not sure why this beer has such a high rating. If you ask me, itís just ok. Chocolate malt and sugary aroma. Taste is a bit one dimensional, but full bodied feel. Tan head with lots of foam.
HopDuvel99 (39) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown with an abundant, persistent tan head. Licorice aroma. Full mouthfeel, little carbonation. Malty sweet, roasty, with a spicy and hoppy finish. Complex and unusual...enjoyable.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, pours a near-black with a little beige head. Chocolate and caramel dominate, with a touch of green hops behind. Sweet toffee and malt also dominate the flavor with just a bit of tannic bitterness in the end. A good porter!
japewang (42) - USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Good pour, nice dark brown/black colour, thick white head. Molasses, chocolate, espresso. Syrupy, almost too sweet. Head dissappears after 1/4 of the glass. Drink quicker as the syrup like qualities really start to become abrasive as the beer heads to room temp.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had this at the jacks bar in the canery in fishermans warf san fransisco. Bartender said it was his favorite and I found it to be quite yummy myself, however my fiance said it smelled like hotdogs. Nice dark color and appearance, aroma very well balanced between sweet molases with slight earthy hop aroma. Flavor reflects this with sweet lighter mouthfeel but still some slight tart bite to it. Overall, good beer.