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 (634) - 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, it’s 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.
apost8n8 (123) - USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bayside Cafe - Bellingham, Wa
Deep black fine brown bubblew with deep roasted malt flavor. Creamy and smooth, no acidity or bitterness, just smooth and sweet
cansdap (17) - Madisonville, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another beer that I’d MUCH prefer on draft than in a bottle. On draught, it has a nice roasted flavor with a well balanced low hop presence. In the bottle, it is a little above average for what I’d call a porter.
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque ruby-jet with nice beige foam top that looks like uneven pond ice. The flavour is a tangy roast with some toast in there. Sourish toasted coffee flavour with significant residual sweetness. Notes of vanilla and no real bitterness. Light to medium body with mild carbonation. Nothing spectacular.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes taken at the Southwest Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona: Draft. Dark and cloudy brown with diminishing beige head. Light malt aroma. Flavor is malt with some herbal hops. A bit thin, but has a nice dry finish. Sorry but those are the notes...........the conditions were harsh to take notes in. The ratings stand.
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Black with a Cedar tint, 1/4 inch dirty head fell fast, dark sweet aroma, smooth and well balanced, rather pleased with this wallmart purchase, I’ll have another
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What else is there to say but, EXCELLENT, GREAT, AWESOME in all catagories for beer ratings, these guys have is ALL together.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 15, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Head retention wasn’t there but the aroma was. Busting out with sweet cocoa, malt and caramel. Taste is subtle and balanced, with just the right combination of malt and hop. Some vanilla was detected as well as roasted malts and chocolate. I’d love to try this on cask.