Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color: a somewhat clear russet brown, head: 1/2" of toasted tan. Nose is on the burnt side, very roasty and sharp, bitter, hot, with flavors of pepper and espresso.
Mouthfeel is warm, texture is smooth, hops are hard to notice. Malt stands up proudly, though, in all itís lushly roastedness.
This is quite a consumable porter, a very flavorful session ale, to say the least. Finish is sweet and nutty, and lasts just long enough.
A darn good porter.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The attractive bottle poured forth an equally attractive nearly-opaque black brew capped by a moderate creamy tan head. The luscious aroma contained hints of dark fruit, plum, and rich coffee, but was most strongly reminiscent, in my opinion, of delicious buttery bread toasting in the oven. Yum. The flavor had all of the above and more; a sublime blend of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted breadiness delivered in a delicately sweet package. Full and creamy in the mouth. A truly awesome beer, and most certainly my favorite porter to date.
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Medium sized tan head and fine-medium sized bubbles. Mostly opaque, carbonated and a dark brown hue. Malty, caramel and roasted coffee aroma. Flavor was chocolate and roasted coffee from start to finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Good lacing. A very good Porter IMO. Well worth a try!
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong, roasted, pleasant aroma. It pours very dark, almost opaque. A thin tan creamy head sits nicely on top. The initial taste is very complex, with flavors of caramel and chocolate dominating. The body is rich, and the carbonation is slightly below-average. The finish is bitter and on the strong side. Not a beer for everyone, but definitely a wonderful porter.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, almost black. Roasty, chocolate nose. Flavour is coffee and roasted malts, a good juggling act here between sweet and bitter. Soft and smooth in the good way. Great beer. Bottle.
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle. There was a substantial head upon the pour, and it dropped gradually to a creamy bed on top of the beer. The colour is quite black, opaque for sure, with a slight hint of red. The burnt aroma, supported with a sweetness, is enticing. It draws one in. Palate is thin but creamy-feeling. The carbonation is biting at first, but it mellows dramatically. Flavour is expected for a porter...itís a beer I can chew. There are many flavours working all at once that I find myself pausing after each taste to take account of them all. Porter could become my new favourite style aside from the fact that there is a poor representation in Ontario. Iíve brewed better porters but for the everyday consumer in Ontario, this one works.
pintbypint (2757) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 500ml brown bottle. Deep brown in colour, mahogany highlights. Holds a decent tan head - creamy and frothy when first poured, then settles to a light layer of soft foam. Chocolate and coffee aroma with some roasted notes and light suggestion of fruit which quickly faded. Rich roasted malt taste with chocolate and coffee bitterness.
Beaver (1390) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The London Porter pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a smallish brown head that quickly goes down to a thin film and then completely disappears.
Its aroma is chocolate and caramel malts and some dry, chalky toffee / butterscotch.
The flavor is acidic, bitter chocolate with some caramel malts and a strong butterscotch flavor. The butterscotch became a little overwhelming as it warmed - both in flavor and aroma. It has a chalky, slightly bitter finish. It is thinner than I expected and under-carbonated.
Overall, I was expecting a lot from this, and was very disappointed. Iíve had much better porters. I wonder if I had a bad bottle - it is 3 months before the best by date though.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(on bottle)100 overall? Well, by all means, this must be the mother of all porters. Roast and coffee is two things that pops up in both sent, mouth and finish. Not very complex in turms of levels but itīs difinite use of a few strings makes it fantastic. And I just love the watery mouthfeel, real porterstyle and makes you soak into a new and a new...
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Classic Porter smell and look. Roasted chocalate overtones and great malty, toasty and roasty mouthfeel. Well rounded and balanced with ample chocolate and coffee notes. Worthy of its praise.