Nuffield (3657) - 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)
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.
jsquire (3386) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark ruby hints with a foamy beige head out of the 12 oz. bottle. Faint grain nose. Sweet caramel malt flavors with some hints of something roasted. Not complex but very drinkable. Thanks to tannertavernboys for the bottle.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a black--almost plum-purple color with a head that spreads thinnly into a film of various sized bubbles. Light roast aroma and an easy roasted flavor. A medium to light bodied porter that is an easy drink and is well balanced with pleasant though subtle flavoring.
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown, tan head. Nose is lightly roasted and chocolate.Taste is a balance of chocolate and carmel malt with a medium dry end. I don't notice the hops others refer to. A decent beer, but rather unremarkable, and slightly bland
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black color small white head. Aroma is smokey, roasted w/ some chocolate. Flavor is roasted coffee w/ some chocolate and caramel help to lend a bit of depth.
Terminus (3214) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle-nothing here to write home about. pours a deep deep red color almost black. small head that didn't last long. roasted chocolate aroma-somewhat carboardy and stale. palate was sweet, chocolate and slightly sour. I must try the imperial porter from them
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle) The nose is odd for a porter, there’s no toastiness and no dark roasted aromas, but instead is only floral, perfumy, and moderately sugary; Let’s hope the flavor is more like a porter than the nose; So, what about that flavor? Well, it’s very complex and nothing like the nose; It starts off very dry and oatmealy, turns more bitter and dark roasted midway through, becoming quite sharp, and then an unexpected, burly smokiness pushes it’s way in toward the finish with brute force; The finish is quite bitter, and for whatever bizarre reason, in part reminds me of the finish of a Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, albeit without the sweetness; For a porter, this is definitely a medium bodied brew; The color is very dark brown, opaque, and lighter at the edges; Pours with an inch-thick head that holds up fairly well, leaving a thin but dense layer of lacing on the glass; All in all, a pretty unique and interesting porter, but still not one I’d go out of my way to find again
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured w/ an enormous tan head & a brown body. The head was long-lasting. The body of the beer was very thin. Slight caramel notes on the nose & palate.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Pours a perfect ebony color with a smaller light tan head that leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is very sweet and roasty with a faint hint of coffee and chocolate. Taste starts nice and sweet and ends with a mildly bitter finish, roasted flavors come through and a slight coffee aftertaste was left behind. There was also a faint hint of almond.