TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with ruby hues and a dark brown fully receding head. Aroma of red wine and chocolate. Taste is quite sweet, vinous with subtle roasted malts. There are continous notes of raisins and coffee. Carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is thick and oily. The finish is lingering and has alot of roast with slight bitterness. This beer is quite complex, but Iím not sure how well it meshes together.
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite good; sampled from a hand pumped keg (cask? probably keg, US location). Just the right combination of bitter and sweet.
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pretty darn tasty. I have not really liked many of the Fullers/Youngs/Samuel Smiths (I donít know why, but I clump them together) that I have tired so far, this one was very good though.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Bottle: Pours a deep dark brown with a thick pillowy layer of tan head. Chocolate, coffee, and smoke are in the nose. Lots of roastiness. Very silky textured, goes down smoothly. Lightly carbonated. Flavors are mostly chocolate and coffee, but there is a good bit of molasses sweetness to it. Finsihes like it starts; smooth, creamy, and rich. Good stuff, cheap, and widely available.
joergen (24402) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown coloured with a solid beige head.
Roasted aroma of cocoa and chocolate with notes of liquorice.
Roasted flavour of chocolate with notes of liquorice, coffee and smoke.
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black colour and light long lasting head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Very light carbonation, but a finish you can taste minutes after your last sip. Great.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good porter. Not too rich. Good taste with some bitterness but not much..
Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep rich brown that pours with a light brown head that is long lasting. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate malts. A nice smooth flavor with the taste of roasted malt with some bitterness.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle: Transparent deep brown with ruby/amber hints, mostly sustaining tan head. Aromas are of coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is similar, lots of coffee and cocoa. A nice beer that can be found almost anywhere.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark, ruby-brown, with a small tan head. Aroma is
very roasty, with strong coffee and chocolate. The flavor is very
rich and roasty, with a taste similar to the aroma. Has a slightly
roasty bitter finish. I would like a little more carbonation and
the flavor could be a tad bit more solid. Great beer though.