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.
Pouler (10) - Ňrhus V, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Under a short lasting off-white head, this beer appears dark brown. Coffee, chocolate and some sweet notes in the aroma. The taste is roasted malts, coffee and some fruit (plum?). A little nice bitterness in the end. A great porter.
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from the bottle best before 10/17/04. pured a deep mahogany, with a nice tan head. aroma bitter sweet chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, plums and prunes, hard time taking my nose away from this one. flavor, toffee, chocolate, raisins, honey, malts, cherries. mouthfeel was a nice and smooth and just enough bitterness
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sainsburyís. Pasteurised. Rich aroma of smoke, spice, coffee, malt. Smooth mouthfeel, tastes smoky slightly sweet. Roasty malt finish.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
18.6oz bottle. Best before 14 Feb 05. 51.5į. NB Worthy glass. Dark brown, nearly black with red tint. Small off white head that subsides quickly, leaving a small ring of foam and bubbles. Great nose of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, it has a rather sweet nose with some subtle hops notes of a more floral nature. Taste is roasted/nearly burnt malt with a fruity/hoppy base. There are notes of coffee, vanilla (oak?), herbal (almost cola-like), fruit peels and a slight sourness. Even though this has the nose of a big beer, the mouthfeel lets you know that it is not, which is one of the only weak points in this otherwise wonderful beer.