hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer rocks.
The nose consists of rich chocolate malt, dark cocoa and alcohol.
Sparkling clear,very dark crimson hue. Medium-sized, creamy, khaki head. Somewhat lasting with decent lacing.
The flavor is heavily malty up front. Tastes like a Dark Chocolate malted milkshake, if there were such a thing. Nicely balanced out with a mild bitterness on the backside. Not a sweet taste found within this porter... not for one second.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. A short, clean, crisp, dry finish. Excellent porter.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an excellent porter that can hold itís ground with some of the best of them. Nice combination of chocolate and toasted malts, strong yet refreshing body, and an aftertaste that lingers well after the beer is down the hatch. It is somewhat of a gentle porter, not too heavy with alcohol or roastiness like some porters. I think that this makes a great introductory porter for those who may be new to dark beers. A smooth brew with an appropriate amount of bitterness balanced with the malt and roastiness.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great brew! Deep dark color with a good head. Nice toasted malt with a great texture to the palate. Nice finish, which is clean. A true classic from Deschutes.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ink black body with a thin beige head. Very toasted malt aroma with a somewhat vinegary and oily node as well. Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa with a slightly resinous mouthfeel. A surprisingly clean finish for this delicious porter.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Black color with little to no head. A rich malty body. A smooth roasted coffee aroma. Somewhat sweet. Lots of grain.
garyp699 (9) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 30, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A terrific robust Porter. Nice coffee/roast aroma and flavor with a punch of Northwest hops. It does "define the Northwest Porter category".
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Morning mokaccino over hot coal...Fieldberries from the bush nearby...The finishing dryness harbors dead leaves...
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/07/02: Aroma unusual combination of roastiness and slightly winey sweetness. Appearance reminds me of a root beer float---topped by a tan, creamy head that dissipated slowly and left substantial lace in its wake. Flavors all mingle at first taste, then seem to separate on the palate; chocolate, hints of roasted coffee and sweet esters--all in fine balance. Carbonation moderate. Finish is amazingly clean. Body is moderately full...Lots of flavor without feeling too heavy. Nice stuff...Re-Rate 9/17/02: This time around a subtle woody quality came through in both the nose and palate...other impressions hold as before---nice balance and overall feel to this brew. 10/20/02: Had this again last night...Boy, this stuff never disappoints, one of Deschutesí most consistently satisfying offerings...
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
For my money Iíll take the obsidian stout over this. Medium body with a fair maltiness and a crisp hop after-taste.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
such a classic, sooo roasted in aroma and flavor, some small sediment, good thing I stole this one from sean, what a fool to leave a beer I love and havenít rated in my fridge