MicrosoftBob (1) - Santa Maria, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark, good head. nothing spectacular, but apparently "it's what they drink around here" (note, I don't know *WHO* drinks it, but it's everywhere *gag*)
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish color with a good head. Choco-coffee flavor with good amounts of caramel in there. Smooth smooth smooth.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown body w/ ruby highlights under a lasting beige head. Chocolatey and roasty right out of the gate, some caramel and other malty aromas as well. Slightly woody, but not very oakey as suggested by the bottle as being aged in oak. There is also a light alcohol and fruitiness as it warms. Malty and very well balanced; chocolate flavors dominate, but there is more of the woody flavor present as opposed to the aroma. Caramel flavors about mid palate, and a chocolatey finish with a lightly roasty, mildly sweet aftertaste. Not a whole lot of fruitiness, and no acidic or sour flavors from the dark grains. Medium bodied and low carbonation w/ a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a very, very good brown porter. Not roasty or acrid enough to be a robust porter, but I could drink a lot of this one.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the best smell of a porter, but a good one for a beer, Strong nose, raisins perhaps? and some other sweet malt notes. Lovely dark color however with a good thin head. Flavor is a bit thin, somewhat watery. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but not all together impressive.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brownred with thin beige head.
Fruity aroma with citrus and merengue.
Fruity flavour with dry finish.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very average porter, nothin doin other than the typical roastiness, smoke, caramel, chocolate, wood....I guess it was alright, but mix it up a little, will ya?
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very dissapointing brew. THe flavors that the commericial description say are their, but the aftertaste of this brew and the mouthfeel are horrible.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
chocolate and malt aroma. deep brown body- almost looks like a stout except that the body is more brown and the head is more “hole-ie”. very creamy with a heavy coffee flavor. notes of chocolate with a bitter finish.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to nearly an opaque black body. Thin but persistant tan head. No lacing.
Roasted malts and chocolate are the predominant aromas. Some hop aromas are there too.
Smoky, chocolate flavors. Nice hop bite. Flavors start big but thin out slightly. Nice lingering roasted-bitter aftertaste. The more you drink, the more the bitterness sticks with you.
A prickly mouthfeel that is a bit astringent. Not exactly smooth.
CaptainCougar (7130) - 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.