hopscotch (9152) - 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 (1319) - Adelaide, 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.
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt nose with a watery finish. There was some doughy and yeast flavors that was in its favor. The story behind the beer gives it extra-added cool points.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light roasted malt nose. Watery and a bit tasteless even as it warmed up. Roasted flavor is very late in the finish when I expeceted some hops. I find even some oddball baltic porters to be superior to this one. Seems more of a gimmick beer.
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2003 Rerate 6/5/03 - Still a damn good Porter but my palate has matured since then, a bit more acidic in the aftertaste than I had remembered and slightly watery; aroma is not quite as pungent and coffee/chocolate/licoricelike still great though - Original 10/12/02 4.8 - Wow! excellent porter, strong, licorice aroma, dark as night appearance. Full bodied to the bottom of the glass. Complex flavors going on here, coffee, chocolate, licorice - all blend together beautifully to form a masterful porter of distinction. highly recommended!
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As with all other dark beers, you need to let this one warm up to truly have all of the flavors come out. Somewhat chocolate flavor with a wonderful roasty, coffee-like finish. Not as good as Fullers or Anchor porter, but certainly damn close to them.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much of an aroma, and the flavor is somewhat lacking. The finish is a gentle chocolate and the color is dark reddish brown. Not much head retention. Yet there is something about this beer that grows on me with every sip.
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed with yeast from 1825 that was salvaged from a sunken vessel in the English channel. Brewed using an original 19th century recipe. Dark black/brown color, medium head. A full bodied porter. Deeply roasted malts. Carmel and chocolate. Not very hoppy. Full complex flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Interesting beer. Ancient yeast provides no noticeable difference in taste. Still a very nice beer.