NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Bottle. Very little aroma what i could detect was like alcohol covered mildewed hay. Poured a rich dark brown that fell short of being black. Chocolate and coffee taste is abundant. Actually tastes real good. Thin, but no thinner than Bert Grantís in fact it is somewhat similar and that surprised me cause I really like Bert Grantís even though it too is on the thin side.
Pretty nice flavorwise, but the mouthfeel is more like the "ale" it used to be named.
kozzak1 (70) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aful porter that is truly inspired. It has a nice body, a mild yet distinctive taste & is good with anything edible!
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing special. A bit weak for a true porter - as some of the previous reviewers have noted. Iíd drink it again, but I definitely wouldnít seek it out.
BrockLanders (769) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I visit my kids in Dunedin quite often, and the Indian River beers are plentiful down there. Theyíre better than a Bud, but thatís about it. I donít care what anyone else thinks ícause this ainít a porter...well, at least it isnít a good example. Like a previous reviewer said..."...itís weak...". The aroma isnít half bad with itís strength being itís roasty malty nose. It tastes too much like every Indian River offering (Light, Amber Lager, Wheat Ale....etc.). Theyíre all way too similar. Really too bad. Just not up to snuff.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer started out well enough, good malty smell, combined with a good black-as-tar color. Even the taste started out as a good malt complex. However after a short while, it tasted more like a burden to drink. The palate was reminiscent of vinegar at times even. I donít know what to make of it but it could use a bit of refining before I try it again.
sarcops (11) - Plant City, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I finally tried this selection as part of a sampler pack. nice chocolate taste with a kick. aftertaste is good also.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good brown color,small head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty and caramel with a mild hint of hops and a mild sweet side as well.Nice flavor of malts and coffee with a decent showing of caramel and very mild hops.It has a sort of mild bitter/sweet side to it.with the finish being mild malt and coffee.Not bad but still a little weak.It's worth trying atleast once though and maybe in time it might have the power to grow on you.Thanks to Envane again for this nice brew.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yum - smells nice - malty/roasty. Dark brown and clear body (ruby highlights), small head, little lacing. Very light looking. Tastes like a roasty nutbrown with a dry hoppy finish, hardly any sweetness at all. Is it really a porter? I dunno, but it is a nicely hopped nutbrown. (thanks, Matta!)
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well its that time of year again, and the beer has been brewed to celebrate my favorite day of the year, Gasparilla!! –Debauchery, and it’s great!
If only Gaspars Ale were as terrific as the parade! Pours a tawny brown body with edges of crimson, the head is a fluffy caramel foam. Malty nose and flavor, although a bit metallic... notes of toffee, walnuts, and even some coco help back it up. Finishes with suggestions of peat and some small mentions of a smoky earthy oak likeness.
Palate is a bit thin, and the beer is most stimulating once it has warmed to about 60F. A good beer but just didn’t excite me as much as I had hoped, not really porter like either, more of a tawny Brown Ale. IMO.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad but not great, still don/t like the hop bite in my porters. To bad they didn't try for greatness