Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Dark ruby/brown color, the head was moderate but creamy. Aroma quite pronounced and chocolatey. Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, fudge and coffee flavors. The finish was smooth and mellow, just a little bitterness. Everything just seems to work so well together that this porter will have to be my benchmark for the style. An almost perfect beer.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crystal Clear, it is hard to see through it this beer is so dark. Red black in color with a small but nice head that died young. Aroma of bitter chocolate and molasses. Medium bodied with a perfect balance between the bitterness of roasted malts, hops and the sweetness of malt. Chocolate, burnt sugar and a mild malty sweetness. The flavor comes on strong right way followed by a clean finish. This is the perfect porter
Reid (1785) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A very wonderful beer from Fullers..who make lodss of wonderful beers.Lovelly dark, dark garnet colour around the edges of the beer, great coffee and creme head that does not last but leaves luxurious lacing down the glass.The aroma is perfection for a porter.
Wonderful tatse akin to thebest coffee ( Blue Montain) and Perugia dark chocolate..lovelly stuff
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 simply one of the best porters in existence. roasted, malty, smooth, rich, vanilla, chocolate. shy of a high score only in the sense that it is not the most well rounded. and so rich, a 20 oz bottle is best shared.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smoooooooth stuff. Rich choco-coffee aroma, but the taste is so wonderfully smooth. It leaves a touch of fizzyness on the lips as it slides by and downwards. The choco-coff-ay taste is so perfectly intertwined in the smoothness of the palate that it seems to gently wash in and fade out. great stuff!
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm actually surprised that this beer has managed to rate so highly. Most of the dark beers don't do well unless they're over the top. I guess for a porter, this is definitely an assertive example, especially with hops that surprised my with their strong presence in the flavor profile. The hops start out bitter in the front and built during the middle only to fade into the finish and linger for a bit afterwards. A bit of burned bread is dominate in the middle of the flavor and while I'd be surprised if smoked malt is part of the mash, something's making me think of a campfire. A surprisingly good example of what a porter can be.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one pours an almost opaque ruby-black, with a moderately sized cookie-brown head. Definite toasted malt aroma, with a little cookie sweetness mixed in. Tastes wonderful, has a nice silky mouthfeel. Start a little bitter-sweet, and finished a mite sweeter. I loved it.
pfhyde (54) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 This is a great porter, but sometimes, since itís an import, youíll get a six thatís skunked. This happened twice to me with this particular selection, and so I can understand why one of the raters said it tasted like hard liquor: if itís slightly skunky, it does indeed taste very hard. But this is one of my faves, despite its setbacks. Itís very smooth, and could almost pass for a creamy stout.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2003 Gorgeous dark ruby brown color. I wish women came in this color. Starts out with a bite of coffee liqueur, then hits some great flavor notes, including chocolate, raisins, rum, cherries and smoke. A prototype porter.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body that reveals garnet glints when held up to the light. Thick light brown head. Nose of sweet coffee, molasses and prunes. Taste of sweet coffee, brown sugar, prunes and raisons. Smooth mouthfeel. Though lacking in the bittersweet chocolate aroma and flavor I've come to expect from porters and stouts, this beer was very enjoyable