guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark appearance with a garnet edge. Toffeeish, roasted chocolate malt aroma shifting slightly to dark fruits. Exceptionally smooth, full bodied taste with subtle carbonation. Medium length finish.
Holmgren (1) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very rich and smooth taste, with an full boddy off licorice flavors. Overall this is one off my favorite beers.
mmmtasty420 (4) - USA - JAN 5, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first a smooth taste rushes your tastebuds followed by the cool flavor of coffee with a hint of chocolate,
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oeil:Black small head
Flavor:Cofee a chocolate smooth
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just donít get why people find this porter so fantanstic. Yeah, itís good- very smooth, everythingís integrated really well.
JonMoore (2022) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 Cask, hand-pump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough.
The best porter Iíve ever had, and one of the best beers, full stop. Malty, chocolatey aroma, with a superb, complex flavour of malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee and more. Full bodied, creamy. Fantastic.
Question; Is the bottled version as good as the cask? Very close, but the cask has it by a nats.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with a deep ruby shade when held to the a light. Light tan head with minimal retention (Possibly a bit colder than it should have been). Excellent aroma of chocolate with some hint of mocha and caramel. Full of body. Pleasant finish with minimal bitterness. An excellent porter!!
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 (1118) - 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.