jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a laced brown head. A toasted malt flavor with some chocolate. Fairly thin and leaves a resin in the mouth.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a dark brown, with an almost stout-like appearance, topped by a tan head. The flavors were very in line with a stout also, roasty grains, and chocolate. I really liked this a lot.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a deep brown, with the head portly in size, the texture spumous, and as it erodes leaves behind a glutinous sheet of lace to cover the glass. Lightly toasted grain, caramel sweet, and just the slightest hint of the hops make this a quite sniffable beer. Front is richly malt, light bitter chocolate sweet, the top middling in feel, with the finish stingingly acidic, the hops pleasing to the palate. Aftertaste quite dry, slightly bitter and a very satisfying beer to the palate, oh hell why not to the whole drinker, I’m feeling generous.
kyzr (1147) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good solid porter. Great color with nice carbination. Good roasted malt flavor and very clean crisp finish. Very light tasting.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 Really nice porter. Aroma of hops, and caramel malt. Flavor mostly roasted malts, slight sweet which is perfect with the mix. Nice porter! Cheers beerguy&baobubba.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Dark cola like in appearance. Weak malty aroma with a hoppy citrus resin aroma backing up the roast malt and chocolate aroma. Dry flavor with an ephemeral roasty/bitter finish (quickest finish I have ever experienced). Average porter.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally black color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is choclately. A lighter bodied porter. Chocolate roasted malts. Flavors are chocolate, toffee, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Good balance of malts and hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. New label for this beer from Full Sail. I wonder if its their new label or just for their new beers.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge chocolatey nose, with a hint of roasted coffee beans. Medium bodied. Big, sweet vanilla notes throughout. Somewhat soda like. Some bitterness in the finish, but it kind of hides behind the sweetness. Aside from the beer, the label left me guessing: where"s the half pipe reference? Why is it called half pipe? No skateboard, snowboard, or windsurfing references or images at all.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
roasted and bitter, pretty solid
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain,
milk chocolate, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty
(dough), with light notes of vanilla and smoke. Flavor is moderately
sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly acidic,
moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively
carbonation, lightly astringent. Decent aroma but just a tad too hoppy
for my liking, slightly husky/vegetal aftertaste hurts the flavor score
a bit. Overall, decent but not great.