CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Rerate 1/18/06: Bottle shared by beeryum: Pours a dark, yet transparent brown with a thin, lightly-lacing wispy tan head. Dark roasty malt aroma has some fresh green hoppiness, similar to Flying Dog Gonzo. Body starts with a mild dark caramel sweetness turning more bitter with some ashy coffee toward the finish.
Darkish brown color with a big cream-colored lacy head. Soft sweet malty aroma with a faint hint of dark chocolate. Body is bittersweet, roasty, and well balanced. Lacks the texture and fullness of flavor I look for in a good porter. Not a bad effort, but slightly over-rated.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a stout-hued porter, a single neon ruby light beams like a forlorn lighthouse in the sooty darkness. the head was attractive, a sheep skin colored cushion of foam and sharp skid marks of lace. seemingly aroma challenged tho, light roasty oak and grape, cane sugar. very smoth, medium bodied, understated bitterness, moderate sweetness, edge-scorched oak, coffee and pie crusts with a diminutive flavoring of peach skins. moderate alcohol impact. tasty, well-constructed mid-range beer, but conspicuously lacks "bigness".
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown. Nose is roasty with coffee. Great roastiness in the body with a bittersweet middle. Light coffee notes towards the end. Marries well, nice work here.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very opaque blackness. Cocoa, chocolate and the usual suspects. Milky rich chocolate notes. Simple porter. It just happends to be really effin' good simple porter.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The bitterness lingers and lingers, like with ultra-dark Belgian chocolate that you bake with...it's almost too much for a Porter that doesn't have the word Imperial in its name. Dry and possessing the usual roast/burnt flavor with less than average sweetness.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small tan head. Smells of coffee and malt. Taste malt, coffee and chocolate. Semi-drying palate almost like having coffee breath.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep dense brown. The head was tan and deflated. Aromas were of chocolate initially and then some coffee and roasted malts emerge. A big roasted malt flavor that hinted at coffee and chocolate. Bitter initially and a good dry finish. Light to medium body. Full flavor but a little thinner than I normally like in a porter.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice roasted coffee aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Very quaffable. Had it on draft and I'd have it again
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eclipse brown color. Medium head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. A lighter bodied porter. Malts are roasted, chocolate and carmely. Hops are grapefruit and citrus. Well balanced. It’s a little lighter bodied for a porter, but still a very nice, very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown - can't see thru this one; fluffy kahki head disolved down to rocky islands and nice lacing. Taste hovers between roast coffee and chocolate, and another flavor kept bouncing in and out and took awhile to figure out what it was - caramel. Finish is nice and dry, some bitterness and a tiny sour note (back of tongue). My one very minor quibble with this was the prickly carbonation - I had hoped that it would leave as the brew warmed, but it didn't.