Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Roasty, malty aroma, some brown sugar sweetness and charred wood combined with notes of dark, buttery chocolate, floral, spicy hops, peppery alcohol and faint espresso. Ebony in color with a diminishing, foamy tan head. Flavor profile is roasty, grainy, lightly sweet and quite bitter, both from the highly roasted malts and hops, moderately dry, coffeeish and lightly astringent on the finish with mild alcohol heat. Some elusive raisin-like fruitiness. Viscous, prickly mouthfeel, body is properly full. Quite a hoppy bottle-conditioned Imperial Porter, seemingly making it a great candidate for experiments with cellar aging -- I forsee improvement with age for this one.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Black thickness and dark dark head. Extremely hoppy aroma and aftertaste (just after swallowing). Nice balance and flavor otherwise.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíll preface this with the fact that Iíve only sampled 7 or so porters. This one has the most perfect looking head. It has a freakishly complex aroma. Tastes like free jazz sounds when everything coaleses Great mothfeel and finish despite the 9.5% ABV. I have to get this again. Soon.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A ring of offwhite lace sits on a deep black body with brown highlights. Very good aroma of roasted malt and chocolate, the flavor is the same, a very good one-two punch of chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is bitter. The body is light to medium with a dry texture and lively carbonation. Grrrrreat !
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - Aroma is hoppy chocolate malt. Pours a solid black with a small brown head that leaves great lacing, the best Iíve seen in a porter. Flavor is much more pronounced than the aroma. Roasted chocolate malts and espresso dominate with enough hop to balance it out. Palate is creamy and lush. A great porter.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark, thick with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, fruit, coffee and alcohol. Nice fruity roasted sweet malt character, mollasses, licorice and berries, full mouthfeel, good bitterness in the finish. Very nice stuff, wish I had bought the whole sixer.
guzzler67 (1615) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, dark stoutish appearance with a large, tan head and good lacing. All kinds of dark roasted malt aromas, from bitter chocolate to chicory. Nicely carbonated, earthy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Well balanced by Millennium and Cascade hops. Bitter, long lasting finish.
oh6gdx (23917) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 Bottled. Black opaque colour, huge creamy brown head. Roasted malts, licorice, coffee and weak sting of alcohol in aroma. Smokish and roasted malt in flavour along with caramel, oak and coffee. Aftertaste is roasted malt. Pleasant.
TBone (14902) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (vintage 2005)
Opaque black, big expresso head. Coffee, chocolate and hops in the aroma. Cold coffee, some herbs in the flavor. Liquerish, roasted. Roasted aftertaste too. Not so full bodied than with this ABV you could guess. A bit unbalanced - good anyway.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great look after the pour with a nice tan head. Smells and tastes increasingly hoppy which balances exquisitely with the flood of malt undertones. Really donít get many different flavors from it, but very much enjoyed the hop balance of this strong porter.