rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 Pours a rich brown with a hint of red. Generous creamy tan head. Roasted coffee bean and chocolate aroma with a malty twinge. Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. Mocha and chocolate malty overtones, but I think it would taste better with a little more hops.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice brew - beautifully black, nice malty aroma good mouthfeel... but the taste was a bit weaker than expected. A fine porter, but doesn't deserve its high rating here.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark mahogany-brown, almost black. Chocolatey, roasted malt aroma. Medium-full body, moderately carbonated. Some caramel notes beside the more obvious roasty, dark chocolate flavours. Some hop bitterness at the finish, which could use more length. An enjoyable and tasty beer thatís quite good, but not great.
Christian (11052) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 Black with rathershort lived, bubbly off-white head. Rich aroma dominated by caramel, licorice, malt and coffee. Flavour continues the coffee theme, with lots of bitterness, a hint of smoke and a long aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. Ratebeerwise this should be in the mid range, but I just love it so much thereís no way to rate it lower. I apologoze to the fine Englishmen who dislike Fullerís pub strategies (for good reasons), but when they put the porter in a bottle or can and send it abroad, they are onto something...
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great looking beer, a dark yet not opague brown with a fluffy brown head. Smells like those chocolate malts, baby, yeah. Mouthfeel is full but surprisingly light; this is super drinkable stuff. Light coffee notes, burnt toast, a little bit of smoke, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Finishes clean and dry.
zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as I expected after reading the ratings. The aroma and appearance are great, but it seemed a bit thin to me. Still, it's very good.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wheee! I'm impressed! Dark brew, thick but kinda fizzy head that dissipates after a few minutes. Bold, yet non-bitter chocolate taste with a nice bite. Rich and full flavor. I'm very impressed with Fuller's beers that I've had. This is an exceptional job - one of the best I've had from this style. The brewers managed to put a lot of flavor into this beer without going overboard on the sweetness and smokey flavors that you find in most porters. Nothing here is blown out of proportion. It's just very nice! I wish I hadn't passed it up on all of those occasions. In the process of becoming a hop-head who loves a good IPA, I've forgotten how good a properly engineered maltier beer can be.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an example of a brew that excels in its said style without all the acrobatics. Pours a deep charcoal with ruby highlights when light hits. Conservative head but leaves a nice ocean water lace thereafter. Nose is of chocolate and dates, with smoke overtones busting through like a bonfire at the beach. Tastes of coffee bean, with the strength of expresso, bit of semi-sweetened chocolate and a buttery-smooth middle. Finishes with blanket of smoke on the back of the tongue. Nice solid medium mouthfeel, leaves this another winner from Fuller's. Classy, sexy and seductive and enough brains to keep you interested for time to come. I'm marrying this one.
Shag (2598) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black appearance. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and licorice. The flavor is slightly bitter with some bitter coffee notes, dark fruit, chocolate, and smoke. The aftertaste was very smooth and slightly sour. This was a very nice porter.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 Rich flavor, the chocolate malts are definitely dominant. Reminds me of ice cream. If you're in the mood for a rich, dark beer, this goes down quite nicely.