acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Wow. What a plesant surprise. I had almost given up on porters as just not having enough depth to compete with the best stouts. This one, though, was amazing. It poured jet black with a nice tan head. The aroma was nice, though a little subdued. I could floral hops, coffee and smoky malts. In the mouth it was wonderful. It felt thick and very smooth. The flavors were very well balanced. It was sweet, smoky and hoppy. It was less of all of these things than the biggest stouts, smokeds and IPA, and it was almost a perfect balance. It didnít hit you over the head like a world-wide stout or 90-minute IPA, but you got all the flavors in concert. Gotta get more of this one!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This thing is really freaking dark with a nive tan head but I coildnít figure out why I could get so much of a hop aroma from this and I was expecting a blast of chocolate and roasted malts.Was it me?? it was good but it was more like a black and tan with a porter and an IPA mixed.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Draft in snifter at Flying Saucer. Served too cold as usual with this place. Aroma of vanilla and roasted malt. Nice half inch brown head, some lacing. Flavor is sweet with a slight bitterness, and I taste a small hint of maple. Creamy in the mouth, soft carbonation, and a smooth finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. I really liked this porter, and was quite surprised at how good this was. This is easily a top ten porter for me. I had the bottled version a month later, and it does not taste like the same beer. Draft is much nicer.
LegalizeLSD (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 chocolate, coffee, roasty, vanilla, licorice, clove aroma, black, frothy, brown foam head with smooth, elaborate lacing, heavy sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, could easily be my favorite porter. i would have to try it next to an Edmund Fitzgerald...
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with a very thick rich creamy beige head. Resembles an Imperial Stout. Aroma is piney with lots of dark rich chocolate present along with malts, coffee and hops. Flavor is excellent. Rich and creamy with a nice chocolate presence and hints of hops, malts and coffee. One of the best porters Iíve had to date.
Hannibal88 (9) - USA - DEC 14, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
What can I say? Wow. A phenomenal beer. Ridiculously rich. Looks like Coca-Cola, but darker and redder. Strong hints of chocolate and coffee. The 9.2% alcohol content is incredibly well-concealed; you donít notice how strong it is until wham, it just hits you. Perhaps a 4.8 rating is a bit high, but I think the average rating on this beer is way too low. It definitely ranks in the top several American beers Iíve ever had.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty dark pour...deep black/brown with a very minimal tan head. Roasty hoppy nose with some whiffs of alcohol and a sweet/sour chocolate tinge. Taste is a lot of malt and bitter coffee flavors...I like it. Definitely thick full mouthfeel. Hoppy, bitter finish in the end. I liked this more as it warmed in the glass. Alcohol reminder never does go away. Iíll have this again.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 (on bottle at CPH Yeha05)What a great nose of vanilla and coffe + that allspicyness. perky. more suttle flavour, roasted malts. The 9,5% is nowhere to feel in the finish, witch is creamy too.
RERATE311207. After 2 years, my palate has changed, donīt find this beer some complex or thrilling any more. Had distinct traces of tobacco and wood in the nose.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours as black as ink, with a light brown head. Nose has a nice mix of floral hoppiness and roasted malt. In the mouth this beer thick and clingy. Sweet with a mellow bitterness. The flavor hangs around for a bit. Nice but not all the time.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 12 oz brown bottle purchased at Monkís Cafť, Philadelphia, PA. Black hued having a long-lasting tan-colored head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Aroma of chocolate and expresso. Medium-to-full bodied porter having a creamy texture that starts with light sweet malt, prune, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and roasted malt aftertaste. Rich, creamy, and complex. This is a delicious imperial porter. (07.18.06) UPDATE 12 oz brown bottle for DiCarloís, Mundelein, IL. Vintage 2005. Roasted malt and expresso in the nose. Poured black opaque with average creamy tan head. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied porter that starts with light malt sweetness and coffee expresso and raisin flavors. Finished with linger roasted malt flavor and some bitterness. Smooth rich and creamy. Well-balanced. Complex flavor character. An awesome porter. Rating stays the same.