KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 This is really an outstanding porter because of the sheer number of flavors that work their way out to your tastebuds. It pours almost black - but not quite - and some ruby shows around the edges of the glass. The nose is big and pleasant. The head is as creamy, thick, and lasting as one could ask for. Then thereís taste: Thereís the fruity hoppiness (often hidden by the "burnt-ness" of porters), coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted flavors. None of the flavors are out of balance. Most of them share equal time. This beer is either simple in a complex way or complex in a simple way. Either attribute is a very positive one. A true classic among porters and beers in general. This is the king of my beerlist until proven otherwise.
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
got a bottle of this at the grey lodge. pretty dark and thick, some cocoa powder in the aroma, rich with some oat and faint stewed peach. more roast flavours than expected. good stuff
Cowtown57 (18) - Ft Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich and creamy aroma. Roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Small head. Just keeps getting better as you drink it.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark but not opaque with a strong roasted chocolate toffee aroma. Flavour is toffee and chocolate with a nice roastyness.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt amber to dark brown in color. Simple, froth and thck tan head. Ample lacing of the glass. Aroma is trifling at best. A hint of malt sweetness and a bit of fund. Taste is altogether better. Puckeringly slightly tart, backed by chocolate and roasted oats. Nice, medium palate makes this emminently drinkable.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Medium brown hue with a tall, frothy, light tan head that has a scattering of larger bubbles. Licorice, earthy tones such as peat, near burnt popcorn and some butter all come across first and with great force. Oaky, dry, tannic as well. Oddly, I get some iodine as well. The hell? Is this a porter or an Islay single malt? OK, no, the similarities arenít strong to the point of confusion, but they are definitely present. Chocolate, light coffee, prunes and dates along the lines of more typical porter aromas. The flavour begins fairly sweet and tangy (like milk chocolate and salted butter mixed together) with a light nuttiness. Mid-palate finds a tinge of soft acidity and wanders into a still sweet finish with the illusion of dryness through roasted malts and perhaps some tannins. Buttery elements have all but disappeared at this point, but the odd peat and iodine aromas still lurk in the background. An unfortunate dose of soy sauce crops up with significant warmth. Perhaps itís a bit papery, too. The texture is a bit watery, carbonation soft...feels a little under medium-bodied. Somehow pleasant on the surface, but there are a lot of aromas sneaking around that Iím not to terribly fond of at the moment. 50cl bottle, bbe 17/08/08.
Pint bottle, goblet. Chocolate, coffee, wheat bread malt (M); dry, floral hops (L); oak, butter, smoke, prune aromas. Deep purple body with a creamy, tan, lasting head. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Lingering coffee aftertaste. Medium body, oily/watery texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: a porter I enjoy?!? Wow, thatís a neat trick!
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roast Roast and more Roast. Outstanding. Pours black wth a thin head. Rich and creamy with a smoked aroma and flavor that invades your senses. Plenty of coffee mixed in as well. I understand why everyone is so full of praise for this porter.
IndianaRed (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, reddish brown. Little head that dissipates rather quickly. Very little lacing. Very nice sweet smell of plums, molassas. Stong smokey flavor, charcoal, dark roasted coffee comes through also.
Very smooth feel, carbonation feels very fine. Slightly bitter but appropriate trailer. A justly highly rated Porter.
Would be a regular in my fridge but for the $3.20 price.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Brewtopia í04, Very dark black, Coffee and chocolate aroma and after taste. Good Rich beer
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer didnít live up to the high rating it has been given. The flavors were very mellowed without any character standing out from the rest. Some roasted/burnt malty flavor with the balance of hops, some chocolate too. Faint leather smell in the nose. I would prefer Anchor or SN porters over this one.