bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Brown-black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with roasted malts. Roasted malt flavor with chocolate but also with a background sourness that I just couldnít get past. Thinner body.
mball581 (20) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely aroma of milk chocolate with hints of vanilla and coffee. Large light brown rocky head with moderate lacing. Medium body on the palate with a snappy dry finish.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 7 4 16). A dark brown color with a foamy brown head. A nice chocoatey bouquet in the nose and a full bodied robust chocolate, caramel and malt flavor. Very smooth and rich. Rating #1 Tap @ Toronado (6 3 6 3 15). Black color with a diminished tan head. Earthy smoked flavors and nose that is complimented by chocolate and toasted malts.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my Santa for this bottle. Black with a thin tan head. Oily roasted malt nose - some cocoa. The most understated oak aged beer Iíve tasted. The same kind of thing is happening here as happened w. Oaked Bastard. Flavors are softer than I imagine they would be without the oak. Chocolate, milk, sweet malt. The finish is quite sweet but nice. Pity this isnít a bit more complex.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Bottled Bomber. Brown/black color with quickly dissipating tan head. Malty smell. Medium to thin body with minimal carbonation. quickly dissipating aftertaste. I was dissipaointed with the thin mouthfeel and minimal taste. Not a very good porter
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brown in color, tan head that laced my glass. Earthy aroma, kind of smoky with some oak. Deep chocolate malt flavor, offset by a good amount of smoky flavor, and the oak really comes through in the finish and complements the chocolate malt, just the right amount of bitterness in there too. One of the most balanced porters that Iíve had, Iím a fan.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2004 i had no idea this was a porter when i bought it,but hot damn im glad it is.
i dumped this one into a pint glass and it gave off a very nice head.pretty dark with hints amber trying to sneak through when held up to sunlight.
the first sip gave off a bit of spice in the beginning,and then the smokey porter flavor came afterwards.i bet this is near perfect on tap.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz bottle, $4) Unexpectedly flavorful and robust porter featuring a strong dark roasted and fairly dry maltiness with a moderate bitterness which along with a late-evolving oat flavor and a mild smokiness becomes more dominant in the long-lasting finish; Full bodied, smooth, and very dry on the palate; The nose consists of a moderately dark roasted aroma and a very strong and dominating yeastiness; Opaque and very dark brown in color; Large, creamy light tan head shows solid retention; The clumping head can't seem to stick to the glass initially, but eventually is able to leave small splotches of lace here and there; Some sediment remains behind in bottle
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours with a black body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet, roasty and malty with a little note of coffee. The flavor is sweet, creamy and malty with a little roasted coffee. Full bodied, smooth and a little dry.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, with a foamy tan head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, malt, bitter chocolate. Chocolate & malt are the main flavors of the beer. Overall itís pretty good. The toffee does come out more as the beer warms.