3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown, light tan head. Strong coffee nose, very robust, sweet coffee and nuts, some vailla and a gritty finish.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dense pour, thick head formation. Roasted, pastey aroma, sweet frutiiness. Thick ful bodied palate, rich sweet fruity flavor, balances well against the roastiness. Oats smooth things out particularly well. Good complex well built porter.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with a small tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, smoke and coffee. Flavour is bitter chocolate with some anise in the finish. A darn good porter.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, almost black, garnet with a beige head. The aroma was of baker’s chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Full and creamy in the mouth. Flavor was roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with that same hint of smoke.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. a porter that I actually enjoy just a bit. Black with a tan head that is quickly discipating. The nose is smokey the taste is smokey with malts pretty good overall. interesting and easily drinkable.
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black color that coaxes into a decent head. A little red around the edges. Chocolate aroma is a little timid, improves as it warms, but never really live up to the expectations. Flavor is acceptable, but I was expecting much more from the oak barrel aging. Just another fair Porter.
calivania (62) - USA - JUN 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
While this one does not quite live up to the pomp and circumstance of the lable (’finest brewing efforts’ really?), I do detect enough layers of flavors -- roasted nuts, figs, cofee -- to justify its claim of complexity. Dark as young Regan’s hair, it has a pleasingly shar nose for a porter. It is extra smooth from start to finish, and it takes a fair amount of concentration to pick up all the subtle flavors. Olealogous mouth feel that made me think of suntan oil. Would have liked it more perhaps with a less boastfull lable. And do we really need a foil covered cap? Is this Chateau Neuf De Pape or a slightly better than average porter?
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with reddish highlights that produced a fading tan head and good lace. The aroma hints of cashews, piney hops, grapefruit and currents, bittersweet chocolate, and dusty yeast esters. (Reminds me a bit of Alpha Klaus, just not quite as hoppy) The initial taste is bitter, fruity, and lactic. Undertones of caramel, oatmeal and nuts. The finish displays some smoky, coffee and subdued woody notes. The mouthfeel is fizzy and thin as is most porters. This beer was surprisingly better than I expected, just not a barrel aged behemoth, more akin to the standard porters.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights, large tannish rocky head, with uber sticky lacing. Lightly toasted malts and oats on the nose. Initial taste is somewhat weak, minor roastiness & coffee with more oats. Slight hop tinge on the finish. Body is lacking, slightly weak mouthfeel. This beer looks the part, but doesn't taste it.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very rich malty flavor, but really no hops at all. Nice large creamy dark head. Not much aroma.