jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted grain and caramel aromas. Nice brown/black not quite opaque body. Malty flavors dominate. Sweet. Body quite watery. Ok porter.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2003
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Thin, watery, too hoppy. I made the mistake of drinking this beer along with an Alaskan Smoked Porter, a Zywiec, and a Sinebrychoff. Needless to say it was way outclassed. To sum up: it is the old milwaukee light of porters. YUK!
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is roasty and malty, which maybe just a touch of hops. Sweet flavor, definite coffe taste. A little watery.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A great porter. I not gonna say that it defines the northwest poter like the label claims. Sierra nevada holds that title.
chazmcpheeney (4) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my NW standby beer. I know when I order I'm going to recieve a smooth dark porter. Aside from the color, it's best attribute is the color. It's what all porters are trying to be.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very drinkable porter. Relatively cheap and always leaving me wanting a second, and third, and... Nice roasted taste, but a void where smokiness should be. Feels a bit watery, texture doesn't keep up with the expectation--but that's probably why I always want more than one. Oddly, this bitter(-ish) beer often strikes me a bit too sweet.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nothing very special here, very straight forward porter. It had a decent sweet roasted flavor that I liked, but some smokiness would have been welcome. The mouthfeel was slightly slimey too.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Beautifully opaque black. Spongy/generous head. Could be thicker, but the roastiness of the dark malts are nice. I thought it was a pretty average porter, not sure how it's a 3.88.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Dark brown to black body, medium light tan head, coffee and chocolate nose. Body is slightly thin, but the flavor is good, with coffee and chocolate and a light finishing bitterness. 7 3 7 3 15 RERATE 4/08: Not as impressed as before. Slight sourness, watery.
Ernest (6544) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Bottle (BB Jan/09). Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate), with notes of celery and bile. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Tainted aroma (bought from a dark cooler and still three months before the BB date, so not likely a retailer issue), grainy finish. Poor other than the appearance and mouthfeel.