slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz, 9.2% vintage 05F. Some interesting fruity smells came out upon opening. Pours a good brown head over black (ruby-brown) porter. The beer starts out harsh and hopped, but "Buy the ticket, take the ride," and luckly as I drink the evilness is tamed. It mellows out and becomes smooth and smokey. The hops remain, and it comes off very similar to an Imp. Stout. Alcohol is hidden behind choc. & coffee. The finish was phenomenal yet came way too early. Vaya con Dios, Good Doctor.
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This deep chocolate colored brown headed beer is one not to miss for porter fans. Very thisk and hearty, best enjoyed with good friends during good times. Hints of different coffees and other dark herbs? Heavy and smooth. Especially great for a medium sized brewing company.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black releasing strong coffee, chocolate, and flower hop aroma. Smooth rich full-bodied taste with espresso, chocolate, and hints of tobacco on the finish. Sweet and velvety on the tongue.
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with small brown head.Great roasty/light chocolate nose. Thick and chewy. Deep roasted flavor, light chocolate and hops
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer welcomes with the cascading aroma of chocolate and sweet yeast. This beer fills the glass with a dark dark brown fluid the rests under a thick chocolate colored head. This beer has a mild chocolate taste that is somewhat bitter sweet, The sweetness is what is left to linger after the fluid has been swallowed.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When does a porter become a stout? Iím sure my style-oriented friends will remind me of the reasons that this remains a porter, but when you Imperialize a porter, in my book, you get a stout. And so it is here: you have a big hop aroma, rich and supple; a massive flavor of roasted malts, burnt wood, and chocolate/coffee; and a palate of greater thickness, viscosity, and richness than many stouts. Plus, itís essentially opaque with a dark colored head. Lovely beer (though the aroma isnít necessarily my favorite).
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 This beer is REAL rich and GOOOD!! Itís unusual in that it has a distinct "hoppy " smell at first sniff. But it is toned down a little in the taste, but for a Porter it has a bit more than the "norm"..but, now let me state that in and of itself isnít a bad thing in this beer. It just tastes more like a dark IPA!!. It has a kind-of Hebrew Jewbulation like taste. A really good balanced Dark ale.that is super drinkable and has the most unique wonderful flavor not found in any beer
have yet tried! A Very addictiveI beer!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful black with a thick light brown head. Rich aroma of roasted coffee, plant soil and a ton of piney hops. Right off the bat: too sweet. Flavor has prominent notes of caramel, brown sugar and then chocolate, coffee and a solid dose of Pacific NW hops. Very earthy soil coffee flavor. Some lingering roasty bitterness in the finish. Nice creamy body with subtle carbonation. Great lacing and head retention. Although this beer has a lot going for it, the flavors just donít flow together the way they should. Needs work but overall, solid.
pineypower (2736) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a dark black color with a thin, fading brown head. Aroma is mostly roasty with a few notes of caramel. Taste is very complex,but at the same time well balanced. Notes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel and maybe a hint of fig on the finish. A very enjoyable brew.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
awesome porter courtesy of silphium! pour black with minimal brown head...aroma is full of chocolate, cream, coffee, and raison...flavor is heavy in chocolate and cream...definite hints of raison, and is very reminiscent of an impy stout....great palate....i also love the artwork on the bottle....RIP Hunter!