ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pleasent blend of milky and portish aromas with heavy grassy and citric hopping; dark fruit and smooth, roasty, bittersweet chocolate flavors, earthy coffee hints and luscious mouthfeel; balanced finish with lingering bitterness; well hidden alcohol and a damn fine brew.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this one over. Very dark, almost opaque, black colour. Thereís lots of coffee in evidence here. Perhaps more than Iíd expect in a porter, although I appreciate that the US interpretation is rather different from the British origins. But there is a sour, slightly lactic, edge that I do like in a porter and some good balancing hoppy bitterness. Quite rich and fairly impressive. I can see how some people might think that the elements are not perfectly integrated, but I found the clashes rather interesting and intriguing.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brownish black pour. Aromas of chocolate/coffee/tobacco. Didnít seem 9.5 ABV, alcohol is well masked. Big flavor on this beer. This is one sweet ass porter.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vacuous blackness. Small brown and white bubbles float slowly to the top and then explode, dying just as quickly as theyíre conceived. Slimy, tarry depths to explore. Smells of burnt earth and C-hops. An experience to quaff. When i popped it it smelled just like an IPA, exaclty. And then the roastiness sets in. Gargantuan bunches of fresh cilantro alongside heaps of chocolate. A smoldering earth lingers beneath it all. In the mouth it defies the nose. Not nearly as hoppy as it smells. Sweet perfume and then a sweet alcohol kick. Exhuberant roastiness. Dry as hell in the finish with a puckery bitterness. This beer is a juggernaut and I like it ALOT!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with an ungodly huge brown head. Sheet lacing. Aromas are heavy in the roast and chocolate areas. There is a bit of oatmeal about. Some raisins. Floral hops along with some citrus. Tobacco. I canít get over how much hops are in the aroma. It is great. The flavor is mostly chocolately with some hints of roast. Mocha is nicely blended in. Again, this is a hoppy porter. I find it refreshing. Piney and floral hops abundant. Thick and chewy palate. Coats the mouth Finishes off with a blast of hops and sweet chocolate. A touch of alcohol.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not, as others have said, a trainwreck. Flipped over tractor trailer maybe, but not a trainwreck. A dark, oily, grimy/greasy/gloppy/sticky palate with a nose of licorice and vanilla and some molasses/cola. Taste has hints of alcohol burn, some indeterminate sweetness, and a middle-end bitterness that I can only assume is some out-of-place hopping. The roast is more of an overburnt sensation like coffee thatís been overdone. Hmm. Sorry, picky about porters. This one doesnít measure up.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
had this on draft...bottle is still resting at the house. these probably should be brocken up. seems like they are both very different beers. however, my bartender assured me that there was only a few of these kegs out there and maybe only this one outside of colorado. poured black with a tan brown simple head. nose of sweet roasted malt and vanilla. bold nose of esters. on the palate chocolate and coffee push hop flowers down the throat. medium bodied with a sweetness and slight alcohol but not really for so much abv. rich and sumptuous. black liquorice, tobacco, vanilla and rock candy envelop your mouth and make youlong fort another. very good . $8 a glass...ouch!
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
After reading some of the other ratings I am suprised to find that my experiance was so much different. I picked up a 750ml bottle about a week ago and stored it in the refrigerator waiting until this past weekend for some beer loving friends to come over. About an hour before they arrived i pulled it out to allow it to warm to somewhere near cellar temp. So the moment arrived and i popped the cork top with much applause. Upon pouring into the first glass I was amazed at the ridiculous ammount of carbonation. With literally only about half an inch in the glass the foam was at the rim and this was with the beer still quite cool. thinking it may have been too vigourous a pour i tried again in a new glass pouring barely a trickle into an excessivly tilted glass with the same results. HMMMM... Rather watery pour from what I could tell through all the foam but dark brown coloration. Aroma was unplesant, barnyard was the only flavor that came to my mind and thats putting it in plesant terms, although others said they could get some earthy berries. Flavor was chocolaty with some earth and luckily not so much of the barnyardiness. Overall it was drinkable once you got past the mess of trying to puor it and then the terrible aroma. Possibly a bad bottle? I may try it again sometime, but at 17$ a bottle itís gonna be towards the bottom of my list.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Black pour. Chocolatey, some bitterness from hops and from the dark grains. Long and lingering aftertaste. Rich and full. Umm... ASA?
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy beeryum. Deep brown opaque body, medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, breads, prune, raisin, marshmallow, and soy. Classic Baltic Porter/Imperial Stout. Chocolatey body with notes of soy, toast, raisin, and prune. Full-bodied, rich, and complex. Belongs in the Baltic Porter classification, of course.