JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 Black color (only with direct light does a hint of ruby redness shine through) with a medium sized off white head. Aroma is full of roasted malts, with coffee, figs, oak, vanilla. Flavor is Malty, slightly sweet, chocolately, faint coffee notes. I admit that I am not usually a porter fan, but this is nice.
beerface1980 (6) - USA - FEB 5, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is more of what british porters should taste like. A true benchmark brew.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep, dark reddish brown with virtually no head. Aroma of coffee and malt. Flavour is an explosion of complexity, coffee, roasted malts and general yumminess. Palate is faultless, smooth and rich. The archetypal porter.
eloid (9) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color, creamy head, slightly smoky and browny.
In fact, this is all brown here.
Cream and chocolate palate on a low carbonation and a slightly thin and grainy aftertaste.
O.K. porter to me!
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 (Rerate, prev 2005/1/22, 7-3-6-3-13) Near black colored, strongly roasted sweet aroma with licorice, chocolate and smoke, fine aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor starts with strong coffee and roastiness, ends with more dry tones. Burned malts last in aftertaste.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is well done, deserving of its high marks. Smelled of molasses and roasted malt. Poured a dark brown with a small, off-white and fizzy head. Taste = damn good; very roasted, with a prune/plum like quality underscoring the flavors. Enough said. Good beer.
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown with a tan head that subsides quickly leaving a ring of bubbles. Strong nose of roasted chocolate malt, molasses, some fruit (prunes). Rich flavour of chocolate, molasses, coffee and prunes. Smooth and very well balanced. Lingering bitter(just enough) hop finish. Mmmm... this is a delightful porter.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice chocolatety brew... typical English bitterness in the background balances the sweetness quite nicely. One to visit over and over again.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brown witha tan head thatís quite thick. Roasted nose of molasses and coffee. Rich mouthfeel with a light dry finish. Flavors of roasted coffee, molasses, light hops and some fruit. An overall chocolatenss makes this a great beer!
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Dark brown, off-white head. Not too thick and crisply carbonated. Feels light on the tongue but has an intense flavor profile. Bittersweet chocolate, roasty malts and coffee, raisins, and a nicely balanced bitter hop finish. Very good.