DarkElf (3051) - 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 (2045) - 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 it’s pretty good. The toffee does come out more as the beer warms.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark hue, small head, aroma was chocolate - coffee like, as well for the taste, i good beer, bittersweet smooth finish, would drink this again.
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark, with a tan head. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate. This wasn’t too bad at all, flavor was like a coffee and chocolate/caramel, with a smooth finish. Not bad at all!
3fourths (9106) - 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.