Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured almost black into the glass with a healthy brown head. Nice burnt chocolate aroma. Very creamy in the mouth with chocolate and caramel tastes, rosted malts with a hint of smokiness. It leaves a good feeling in the mouth. This is what porters should be.
DanielBrown (4147) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 Bottle at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. Finally I get to sample this legend which has returned to English shores. Nice dark brown/black, with a creamy beige head, and pleasant choc aroma. Toasty flavour: mild roasted oats and choc. Lightish, very drinkable, very smooth, but didnít blow my head off. Drinkable and tasty - very pleasant, but I must admit I was expecting the earth. Iíll try again (while I still can). RE-RATE - Iíve had this manytimes since, and it is a real quality beer. Much better than nearly all other Porters Iíve ever supped, and one of the most reliable ífall back optioní beers ever.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 Pours a very dark mahogany with a modest sized light tan head. Smells big and robust. Smells smoky and dry with chocolate malts and sweet toffee.
This is one BIG porter! Rich and full bodied! Seems to be lacking a bit of complexity up front on the palate but makes up for it on the mid-palate and the finish. Cocoa, chocolate, coffee, toffee and light fruits.
Mephistefales (47) - USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better beers Iíve sampled. Not my favorite, but Iíd drink it again. Very full flavored with ample complexity. Plenty of roastiness which I like.
jefcon (1514) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black and stark in the glass, but looks somewhat watery. Ample roasted malt notes, lots of chocolate on the nose. Tons of flavor of the same, with a hint of chicory and tea. Smooth and long on the palate. A benchmark for porter.
MaximumBob1959 (6) - Milpitas, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee! Thatís what took me so long to think of. It reminded me of coffee by the smell of it, taste too. Nice and smooth. A very professional porter. Well put together with a mild after taste.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Offical tasting with represetatives from the brewery.
Had this as cask before being a Rater. THAT is a beer to walk miles for. Quite good botteled as well with aroma of coffee and smoked ham. Full bodied. A nice chilly dayís beer.
kozzak1 (70) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This porter is a so smooth it is a delight! Very tasty but a slight sour aftertaste. Excellent with burgers or prime rib!
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 seeing the high rating on this one i had to get one and taste if for myself.i must say it is a very good porter.nice smokey taste,and very pleasing aroma.although i personally like my porters a bit thicker overall,this does not disapoint for sure.
re-rate:i think i was a little hard on this tastey little porter.this is my second bottle and im really enjoying it.
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great porter.
Not much chocholate flavor,but a smooth smokey,and slight coffee flavor.
Smoke dominates in a good way.
Very good balance.