sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 (Bottled) Very dark reddish brown with a large, beige and foamy head. Quite strong, a bit earthy aroma of roasted malt, lots of coffee, salty licorice and hints of smoke. Burned-roasted-malty flavor with smooth dark coffee, and a sweetish-malty breeze in the middle. The finish is roasted and slightly ashy with medium bitterness. Very smooth, medium to full-bodied palate with soft carbonation. Definitely one of the best British brews. Truly excels in achieving a perfect balance between sweet maltiness and ashy burnedness, while being low-ABV and enough earthy-licoricey to be interesting flavorwise.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice coffee and dark chocolate flavor. Frothy head, a very good porter, but I still prefers Stone's.
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is really, really fabulous. Aroma has a strong coffee smell, with hints of cocoa and caramel. This is a fine example of an excellent Porter.
r464 (1890) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark with a reddish hue, coffee sweet aroma. Creamy, smooth feel with coffee flavors, perhaps a hint of chocolate.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: This beer kicks serious Ass! i'm kicking myself for passing on it so many times in the past. full bodied, creamy, bitter-sweet. In a word-exceptional.
Boutip (4654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Poured a deep black brew with a nice head but lack some retention. Carbonation is average with a medium body (I was expecting a richer and ''fuller'' body). Aroma of chocolate is very subtle. Taste is a mix of roastiness, chocolate, and coffee with just enough bitterness at the end. Overall, this is a good beer but I still believe it might be a bit overrated.
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with a tan head, sweet malty aroma with traces of coffee and roast. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Some smoke and saltiness? Very lightly acidic. Well rounded and tastey.
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 Knowing that this beer is currently number 26 on the Top 50 list, I was quite anxious to taste it.
Pours a tall tan head on a dark brown body. Aroma is nice though a little weak, malty with tones of milk chocolate. The flavor is quite full and complex. Roasted malt, coffee and liquorice with a bitter hoppy finish. Definately a good beer but way overrated in my opinion!
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2004 To be honest i prefer the samuel smith porter. this is definately a great beer but a little bitter for my tatse
k2 (146) - USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great color and finish. My favorite porter that is out there. Wonderful on tap.