Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
95% opaque, black with a lasting ring of head. Roasted aroma. Rich, smooth flavors, but not exceptional in a city of some great porters. (on tap, Full Sail Pilsner Room, Portland)
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black appearance with a pretty nice brownish head. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is pretty good and im not a fan of most porters. First taste was kinda too bitter but after that it kinda settled down. Another good beer from Full Sail. I'll add these to my collection.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a coffee colored head and nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, roast malts, and floral hops. Flavor is much the same with a bit more of the roast malts coming out blended with chocolate and coffee, and those mt hood hops are showing up making a pretty decent balance. Slightly thin body, dry palate, and a nice bitter finish.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Nice and mellow, some roasty flavors, nutty smell. One of my first favorites, still pretty good stuff.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of persistant ran head and a touch of lacing. The aroma has a nice hop/chocolate aroma that is very smooth. This improves greatly with a little warmth. The flavor is well balanced, solid, mild. Finishes a bit watery and with a medium-light body. Good porter, made a porter float with it too!
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque dark dark brown. Tan aggregate head. Nose is toasty chocolate, very sweet, like a candy bar. First taste is thin chocolate malts, some caramel in there. A tiny hint of hops were sensed by my tongue during the finish. Thin palate, almost like water, low lacing. Could use some more hops to fill out the back end. Good desert beer, nice and sweet. Good beer to kick back and swill on.
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells faintly of barley malts, lookd pretty good, thick tan head, dark body, chocolate flavor, tangy pine finish with mild hops, somewhat of a thin mouthfeel, not the best porter in the area by any stretch. I do however find the mid 90's indy grab on the sixer most radical.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown - almost black - with a decent head but virtually no lace.
Scent is of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, with a hint of butterscotch?
Taste is malty yet balanced. Perhaps a bit astringent. Roasted malt and cocoa are present as are a touch of hops.
Moutfeel is thicker than most Porters and has a nice mineral feel to it. Overall this is a very nice Porter.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle (and a new label as well) best before 04/03/04. Pours very dark dark brown, almost black with little to no head. Minimal lacing, with some roasted flavors upfront but it quickly leaves you with a somewhat watery/metallic Brown Ale aftertaste. Some slight smokiness to it, but not enough for what I like in a Porter. Wishing it would have been a bit more chewy. Middle of the road Brown Porter.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was immediately turned off by the snow boarders on the label, but I can't resist the chance to sample another porter, so pour I did. Very luxurious brown color with glimpses of cherry and rosewood under a thin but still lace-worthy head. About what I hope a porter will look like. Aroma is smokey, roasted, and deep, like driving by a Nestle factory, very enjoyable. First taste is complex for a porter with seemingly multiple levels of smokiness interspersed with appropriate bitterness for the style. But then it gets sour, like the subtle taste of almost spoiled milk in coffee. Actually, the beer dissipates to watery blah before you can swallow it. What a let down, but not totally shocking coming from Full Sail. They should have put more effort into the beer, and less into marketing research on the new labels.