Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark opaque black with a brown head. OOOOH. Nice Fresh Sugared Coffee Aroma.The Palate/Mouthfeel is just a little watery but just enough to add to the overall affect . The Flavour explodes with Nuts, Freshly Ground Coffee Beans, and some Woody, Earthy overtones. The Flavour never lets up and finishes delightfully round and sweet. This Brew is Malty, and roasty at that, but not too hoppy insofar as I can decipher, and therefore a true example of this style.There also exist abundant Lacing on the Glass. If you wanna a Java Jam, reach for the Fullerís. Cheers!
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black color, medium tan head. Nice roasty aroma of coffee. Very good roasty flavor with malt and hops. Medium body with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very nicely done, very enjoyable.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. The aromas are full bodied and many, coffee, chocolate ripe dark fruits and roasted dark malts to name a few. The taste and mouthfeel are extrordinary to say the least. Rich chocolaty and coffee notes,figs, raisins with some nice hopping thrown in for balance. Balance actually says it all for this beer not to much of any one element but plenty of elements just the same. A damn good drink!
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep dark brown. big powerful dark chocolate aroma. intense flavour of dark chocolate and roasted malts (very very intense). silky smooth. finish is bitter. great stuff.
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 (7175) - 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!