MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, what can I say? This is quite simply one of the best beers available on a regular basis in Ontario, and is a fantastic beer by any measure. Whatís even better is to be able to drink it on cask draft from Dora Keogh in Toronto. Itís an amazing multitude of flavours - nuts, coffee, chocolate, malt, caramel. Quite simply one of the best porters, and one of the best beers. Period.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2014 Bottled. Thereís a lot of debate whether us British raters are more írealisticí when it comes to rating Fullersí products (and Sam Smiths) and that raters elsewhere think the beers are better than they are. I had this beer on cask many years ago and remember really enjoying it. Iíve looked for it on cask this Winter but to no avail, so I had to drink and rate the bottled version. Well in my opinion the US raters and others have got this right. It is a beautiful porter, full bodied, robust, call it what you want, but call it good (or even great). It is black as night and has a short-lived off-white head and leaves no lacing. The aroma is scrummy with loads of malts, lots of coffee and some chocolate. Those qualities are replicated to better definition in the taste. It is very full bodied, very flavoursome and very ídarkí tasting. Again coffee and burnt malts come through; together with a little chocloate. An excellent drinking experience. It doesnít matter that the beer is dead. Hell, I would wager that a BC version would not be as good, given the general quality of most English BCAs. This beer deserves its reputation on this site and its awards. I will continue to look for it on cask in my Fullers light part of England. Iíve heard it sells for a ridiculous price in the trade and therefore pubs have to sell it at inflated prices, but it may just be worth it. Score 4.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 4.1 and 3.8. Average becomes 4.0
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The best porter available? Perhaps, but this beer hurts in the bottle, get it on draught or handpull and it shines. Highly drinkable and wonderfully complex for a porter.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
best before 23 NOV 04 550ml bottle.
deep dark burgundy color, aroma is strong mocha. i was expecting a lot from this top 50 brew and was not dissappointed. body was meduim to full. this was very easy to drink and enjoy. there was a long bitter coffee finish. very nice. probably the definative beer of the style.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown color, tan head that left decent lacing. Aroma was potent and malty, chocolately, very nice. Rich chocolate malt flavor, nice smoke and earthy notes along with it. Smooth mouthfeel, nice chocolatey finish. An outstanding porter.
johndoughty (4170) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark and pleasant porter. Low carbonisation makes it an easy to sip beer but for my mind it is not distinctive enough to be classed as a great. Good but not outstanding.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black hue with a large creamy light brown head. Rich coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Coffee and roasted malt flavours with hints of coco and toffee. A full bodied beer of some complexity. A high quality porter.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.11.04 bottle. Iíll be darned, this stuff is sneaky hard to find despite its gazzillion ratings. Deep maple colored brew with average tan head that lingers. The aroma is striking alike that of those Goetzeís creme filled caramel candies: lots of vanilla, cream, and caramel sugar. A bit on the nutty and sweet side with an earthy undertone. Not a terribly exciting flavor profile, but nicely balanced, certainly complex, and very likable. Alot of vanilla, nut, and milk in flavors; vinous, milk chocolate. Quick to finish with a nice bit if coffee bitterness and an alcohol trace.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body with beige head. Roasted aroma with some coffee and chocolate, hints of bitterness. Flavor is complex with both sweetness and bitterness in the taste.
gatsby15 (16) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Personal favorite: Beautiful chocolate colour, splendid hints of chocolate in the flavour and more that I am too inexperienced to really describe. Very smooth.