TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bottle, a dark red black with a large rocky head. The aroma is strongly caramal, though the flavour is most definitely chocolate (I enjoy the difference). Oh so smooth in the mouth. I can see why this is rated so highly.
Habanero (4033) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 Dark brown, thick tan head. Malty aroma with coffee, chocolate and caramel notes. The taste is roasty malt with a bitter finish. Excellent porter.
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Thanks to Slob for setting me up with this guy. Pours a very dark ruby, almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and soft floral hops. Flavors of dark molasses, chocolate, coffee, and hops Some oxidation present, with some of the hop bitterness a little downplayed, almost 1 year past the best before date. Finish is all chocolate with some light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation, and oily. A really nice English style porter.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a lot of head, flavors were chocolate and vanilla. Very pleasent and light. A good hearty beer with a nice light mildly hoppy finish. Good
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 22/nov/04 12oz. pours black with thin head. aroma is fairly weak but there is a hint of coffee and chocolate. a subtle hop charecter. tastes coffee chocolate a slight roastieness. very smooth with a light hop bitterness.
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black look, a very malty and hoppy flavor, which reminds one of coffee and cream.
stouby (4439) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, at No. 5.
Dark brown with brown head, mostly disappearing, modest lacings. Aroma moderate malty (burnt, brown sugar, coffee) and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter, long duration. Medium body, watery/oily, soft carbonated.
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours out a very dark brown, almost black with a thick tan head. Aroma is strong on coffee and chocolate. I taste bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, roasted malt, a little sweet cream and a bit of smoke on the malty finish. Full bodied on the palate, and very smooth. Delicious brew, my favorite porter thus far.
OldMrCrow (2405) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 From the bottle
Pours dark with an ample tan head. The aroma is molassas with hints of peat, pumpernickel, and smoke.
The flavor is coffee, bitter chocolate, and subtle spices, not too salty and pleasingly dry despite the molassas aroma; there’s a decisive red-wine flavor to the front side of the finish. Mouthfeel is good, and finish is pleasing; this one goes down smoothly.
FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black colour with a medium brownish and lasting head. Sweet malty aroma and a rather complex taste of coffee and chocolate and spices. Full body with a smooth palate.