joet (1919) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 9, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sea tinge to the nose, some light carmel, totally cocao and a bit wheaty, some wood, full textured malty palate and smooth, lots of sugars. Very nice.
SaintMatty (3600) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (GBBF 2010) - Very dark brown, almost black. Malty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Malty and grainy taste with notes of roasted malt and chocolate. I was expecting more, especially for this strength.
ZazuH (42) - Brentwood, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draugt. Dark brown w/ fully diminishing tan head. Espresso and toasted bread in the aroma. Tastes of dark chocolate w/ a green apple tang. Finishes dry. Lingering notes of chocolate and tobacco.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big overrasoted nose with esspresso and Bakers cocoa and tobacco notes. Dry and mildly astringent on the palate. Not my style of porter.
hayduke (2933) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22 oz bottle purchaed directly from the brewery at the brewpub. Poued into my Duvel glass it was a very dark brown that rose into a big tan head that left large chunks of lacing as it settled. I generally find dark beers show their best if not served too cold so this one came directly from my 55 degree "beer cellar". Solid nose of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, with a touch of sweetness that was both caramel and fruit. Very rich and smooth tongue-feel and nice and oily going down. Flavors were like the aromas only with a little hops and a bit of exta sweetness that adds to its character. This is an exceptional Porter It it too bad Eel River brews don’t get wider distribution. I notice that this is the first rating in 3-1/2 years. I believe they are going to expand their brewing capaciy soon so maybe this will become more available to beer lovers everywhare. It sure deserves it.. It is great.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a fantastic porter with its hops and malts equally balanced. One of the better porters
I've had lately
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color. A full-bodied porter. Chocolate and coffee malts. Nicely hopped. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Excellent beer.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful rich beer, this is a very chewy beer and on a damp winter night in California, nothing is better to warm the soul.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 15, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very assertive example of the style, could this be a Baltic porter? Big, full-bodied beer with strong bitter chocolate essence. Quite sugary on the tongue. A top flight porter.