BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish/brown hue, small tan rocky head, some lacing, medium to full bodied. Heavy roasted malt aroma with hints of molasses, dark chocolate and espresso. Somewhat of a ruby port quality to it. Very nice. The flavor matches the aroma and has just enough bitterness to balance out the heavy malts. Beautiful mouthfeel, creamy and oily, soft carbonation and a moderate alcohol finish. Hint of smoke lingers on the palate. An exceptional beer.
nick35 (12) - USA - JUN 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sort of a milk porter: very well balanced between malt sweetness and roast. No hops flavor. At first it reminded me of licking a cold BBQ grill, but in a good way.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and malty. I'm drinking it 2 months after the 'best by' date and it's still excellent.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2004 Lovely Coco flavor with light hints of vanilla and Blue Mountain Coffee! – Not an overly monstrous coffee and chocolate finis.. dry and roasty! – Great Stuff!
Hats off to the brewers at Fullers that originated this fantastic London Porter. I am very impressed by this beer; I believe it is one of the best porters that I have ever come by. What a nice rich malted flavor with hints of coffee, chocolate, toffee, & motor oil, Ok, maybe not motor oil. Very nicely put together.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown color with a substantial light brown head. Rich slightly roasted aroma of chocolate. Rich and crisp roasted flavor of chocolate/cocoa and coffee is slightly bitter. Similarly, finish is clean and roasted and a bit dry. Palate is medium-full bodied, fairly smooth, and silky.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was really impressed by this porter, thin white head, dark dense appearance, smells strongly of coffee and roasted malts, the flavor is a delicious blend of nuts caramel and chocolate. This is a fine example of a porter.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Rave reviews for this beer? I don't understand it. Are we talking about the same beer? I wrote the name down when I tried it, so yes. True this is a complex beer, but it tastes like something I don't like - hard liquor. It tastes like they literally put hard liquor in it. Bleh. If I want hard liquor I will go and drink that, but I want beer. Overall, the taste is overpowering and repulsed my taste buds. My beer connossieur friend Travis also agreed that it was not a good beer. This beer, along with Hoegaarden and Blue Moon of Kentucky is a beer I have no desire to drink again.
Let's re-cap. The aroma is beerish, but misleading since it doesn't really taste like beer. The appearance is the best thing about it, for it looks good. The flavour however tastes of whiskey and the palate of chocolate and coffee. My overall impression is very negative on this one. I really don't think it deserves a 99 rating. Second rating: The first rating was unfair. This beer tastes better at a slightly warmer temperature, which brings out its enjoyable porter attributes more and somehow makes it seem smoother. Still not deserving of a 99, but quite good and tryworthy.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Porter-brown with a light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with an alcohol presence. Very smooth and creamy. One of the creamiest porters I've had recently. Crisp and only slightly bitter. This is one of the finest Porters I've had the pleasure of knowing. I'm not real high on English bottles but this is an outstanding example. Flavor is rich and nearly perfect for it's style. Chocolate stands out with hops complimenting roasted malt.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a very dark brown color with some carbonation and a roasted/chocolate smell. Taste is roasted malts/chocolate and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall a very good porter.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a serious brew. Strong choccolate notes in the flavor. It is still not too heavy and it surely lives up to it's name.