jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Pours black with a smallish head. I was struck by the uniqueness of the aroma--roasty, chocolatey, and thereís something else in there I canít put my finger on. But I like it. Very good slightly roasted, mostly sweet flavor a tad smoky in the finish. If only one porter could exist, Iíd want it to be this one.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great stuff, vineous scent and plenty of mocha. Highly drinkable in that itís not harshly carbonated and just the right amount of bitterness. Seems like a great, solid-quality beer, although Iíll need to try some more porters for comparison.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as mud. looks thick and has trouble keeping a head. Suprisingly its very carbonated when you take a mouthful. Very creamy. A very unique porter. chocolate and savory. In no way sweet. very interesting beer. Try this one.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is good. Very good. Lots of roasty chocolate flavors in this one, as expected. Very well-balanced, almost creamy texture. Got to give credit where credit is due.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ The Victoria pub (lancaster gate) and bottled 500ml. Black with small tan head Toffee aroma. mild carbonation with coffee aftertaste. Smooth. An excellent porter
Tejas (937) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2006 Dark dark amber. Smells a tad fruity. Taste fruity at first(prunes maybe) then gives away to very dark roasty/coffee flavors with a touch of chocolate(maybe). Nevertheless an outstanding and tasty brew that is in the regular rotation.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vinous chocolate and coffee aroma with hints of vanilla and leather. Dark but still visably clear and ruby and color. Excellent dense rocky head. Ever so smooth in flavor with some smoke and a powdery cocoa finish. Drink a pint and go back in time.
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2005 Bottle. Black with tan creamy thick head, coffee, chocolate, roast malt, leather, sweet and dry with some hops. Yes a really good winter beer and even better than Old Peculiar.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
overall tasty brew, just kinda run of the mill though. nothing really stuck out that made me want the 2nd bottle i bought. chocolate and roasted malt dominated the taste, with hops and creamy coffee lying underneath itall. pretty smooth, but lacking.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown(almost black) color with a small tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor of chocolate malts, coffee and then a nice hoppy finish. Excellent.