can8ianben (1423) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle, surprised to find this in the midwest after never seeing it in VA where it is brewed. I like this - deep dark brownish red in colour, very thick and dark. Aroma is sweet and smoky with tons going on. Cherries, cinders, toffee, chocolate, vanilla. Flavour is sweet, almost sour with some nice subtle hoppy tones. Its syrupy but also smooth. Well crafted.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours black with a nice tan head that fades to thin hue. Aroma is oak, stale smoke and chocolate. Flavor is lots of oak and vanilla, with a weak chocolate taste. Thin to watery texture. This has a really fake taste and is quite unenjoyable.
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark brown, cream head. Vanilla, roast, chocolate, caramel notes. Thinnish body, free flowing in the glass and mouth (not oily), but frothiness gives it interest. Bitter edge in the finish. Not great but interesting enough.
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille donnée en cadeau par une amie qui était de passage en Virginie. Arôme: Odeur de café et de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire presque opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café, de vanille et de céréale. La durée de l’arrière goût est courte. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. L’effervescence en bouche est moyenne. Présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #328)
radagast83 (6106) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 Rich flavor. Vanilla and oak aroma and flavor with a bit of a roasted coffee flavor. Not too heavy and has a nice finish. I just had it again after some time and can only imagine that my palate has increased since I had this 16 months ago.
Oakes (13961) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Funny appearance. It looks dark brown but there’s not a whole lot of light getting through regardless. The aroma mixed oak, vanilla and coffee. Very sweet flavour with lots of vanilla and oak, to the point where it overwhelms the stout character it ought to have. Those coffee notes go so far back in the background and you won’t find much hop here at all. A bit unbalanced but okay if vanilla is your thing.
elcig (37) - Oliver Springs, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle. Pours very dark with a thin off-white head. Intense smoky aroma of roasted coffee lingers with the glass. Flavors of chocolate and toffee with a bit of hazelnut/vanilla towards the end of the glass. Palate isn’t heavy but very creamy with a bit of a hop finish.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
VERY dark brown, almost black, with a thin brown head. Nose of roasted coffee and nuts, traces of vanilla. VERY rich, with flavors of smoked coffee, light tobacco, sweet malt and vanilla. Malted milkballs! Very tasty, although a bit heavy. Satiny smooth mouthfeel, and just a touch of smoky, burnt coffee and hop bitter in the finish. Does not wane, true to the last sip. What an interesting VA porter! Proud to be a Virginian!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 05- Pours a dark brown, off white head. Aroma is roasted coffee, butterscotch, dark chocolate. Flavor is more barrel, chocolate and roasted malt, slight hop kick towards the end.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Labeled March 31, 2005. Pours thick and dark, little brown head that disapates quickly. Aroma of Vanilla. Taste rich, oaky, vanilla, Coffee and hops. Does feel smooth. Sweet aftertaste. Not heavy at all, easy to drink.