NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Typical porter brown, crackling tan head that gently fades. An exemplary nose of dark malt, bakerís chocolate, rum, slightly chalky. Thereís a definite charcoal component to this Iíve never identified before, and it rides right along with the malt backbone. Very little sweetness, and a long, dry finish imparted by the very English-tasting hops. I didnít know the story behind this beer until after reading it here, but while drinking I noted that it was very "authentic" tasting, like itís from the old world. Not a bad guess, and a pretty good porter.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour seems rather thin and light, head foamy and unstable. Nose very nice though, bittersweet chocolate and hazelnuts. Flavor is wonderful as well, rich and choco-nutty, smooth and low on carbonation, but zesty enough to keep from sappiness. Might be just a tiny bit íflatí or tame overall, but Iím nitpicking. Overall, excellent excellent porter, somewhere in the middle of the sweet/robust line.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I know this is a novelty beer considering itís history,but itís mighty tasty too.
Aubrey (3411) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2004 Deep and dark with a sweet and chewy nose. Semi-watery mouthfeel. A lot of sharp and roasted-burnt flavors in the finish. I enjoyed its zingy-tangy hoppiness too. RERATE: Sweet raisin and plum notes enhance the flavor and aroma substantially. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but decent. Nice balance of sweet malts and zingy hops; though, not a lot of bitterness.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looked black, but actually very dark red. Body was thinner than expected. Raspberry Chocolate malts - started off o.k., but got cloying. Mine needed more hop to help the finish. average porter.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice chocolate-coffee-roasty nose. Lacks something in the taste, too thin. Still decent.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks.
Malty (maple syrup), smoke and milk chocolate in the nose.
Clear, crimson/ruby in color. Quickly diminishing head... so fast I couldnít even check for color or texture, etc. Still, a beautiful beer.
Pungent and malty up front. Pungent and slightly bitter with light smoke on the backside. Milk chocolate, coffee notes.
Full-bodied and fizzy. Oily mouthfeel. Long, pungent, dry finish. Thanks go out to herbjones for this one.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís good, but there isnít anything all that spectactular about it. Cool logo.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
maybe iím sucked in by the story, but this stuff tastes like exactly the sorta stuff i could imagine old timers drinking back in the 1850s. strong, savoury malt whiff, with a bit of wood - not unlike some czech tmaves. sadly i didnít get any of the sheets of lace (sounds kinky!) that Gusler got - maybe cause I washed the glass not long before - just something that looks like semi-flat coke. slightly salty malt flavours initially, followed by coffee that youíve dipped your toast into a few too many times. very dry as previously noted. watery mouthfeel. reminds me of James Squire Porter, strangely enough.