Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good God almighty! What a roasted flavor that was! Like Mocha coffee. This beer comes at you, very good.
SilkTork (5020) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 Oct, 2002. This is a pleasantly smooth and rich chocolate stout - bags of flavour but without much character. All the dark malt flavours are there, and itís nice, but thereís an oomph missing. [3.1]
May, 2003. Good chocolate and firm but gentle roasted malts. Very good mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth beyond its strength. Smooth. It does lack an edge, but is a very palatable brew. [3.6]
Oct, 2004 Got this as part of Fullerís Autumn Beers pack at Waitrose in Portsmouth. And itís a very attractive beer which accompanied a soup very well. It has the roasty, chocolate, coffee notes of a dark beer, such as a stout or porter, though it is sweeter than average, and with a soft, almost creamy mouthfeel. Certainly attractive, though not outstanding or World Class in any sense except reputation. The beer is clearly dead - there is no life in the liquid. It flows across the palate in a very limp manner. The soft sweetness is more inclined to American tastes than British (which would account for poor sales here in the UK, while the bulk of production goes to America). I can understand people liking this on a personal level, but itís not, and can never be, a good example of craft beer - regardless of style. [3.0]
January 2009 500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Itís been a while since I had this beer. I do like dark beers, and this one is pleasant enough. Thereís a decent range of flavours - blackcurrant, ash, butter, soap, etc. Itís quite hop bitter for a dark beer - usually the bitter flavours come mainly from the dark roast, but this has a considerable hop bitterness. Just a little too bitter and serious for my taste. The more I drink this the less I really enjoy it. The first few swallows were better than the later ones as this builds in the mouth. Itís certainly a robust beer. I like the bottle, and the sober authority of the label, but the beer itself, doesnít impress. [ 2.8]
April, 2012 500ml bottle from Sainsburys. A nose rich in dark malty flavours - burnt toffee prominent. Pleasant mouthfeel - gentle, almost natural carbonation. Flavours feel fresh and natural as the pasteurising process doesnít impact on dark beers as much as pale. Thereís an initial creamy toffee and coffee flavour, soft and attractive, then the bitterness, the cinders and ashes gently come through to provide interest and balance. Very drinkable, very pleasant, and very enjoyable. Perhaps too much bitter ash in the finish, lingering too long, but overall a decent little beer. [3.5]
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best porter ever. This was a hard sell for me as Iím not big on the style, but this was impressing. Nose was like licorice and heavy malts. The taste was just strung out on coffee that finished with a kind of roasty flavor. Just wicked cool stuff, even with a dessert.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has just the correct mix of chocolate malts. Too many porters have too much chocolate malts, but not this one.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is terribly complex. In one six pack, I had the following experiences: the first had this tremendous (and welcome) chargrill taste with coffee in the back; the second bottle was coffee up front, with one of the longest finishes imaginable, the coffee unfolding and showing so many different sides; on the third bottle, I experienced sweet vanilla and chocolate milk shake flavors dried out marvelously by the darker grain astringency. Each had a remarkable mouthfeel--I think the perfect viscosity for the style. I canít wait to see what the other 3 bottles will be like.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think that I may have had an old bottle of this because it didnít appeal to me like it seems to appeal to everyone else. Nice ruby red/black color, tan/white head, nice burnt flavor, but something makes me like Sam Smithís Taddy Porter better.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loved the deep, deep red colour of this brew. Strong aroma of black roast malt reminiscent of a heavy stout. Upon first tasting, quite bitter, strong mocha flavour too, mellows to a more chocolatey sensation mid-palate with lingering bitterness. Unfortunately this beer doesnít have a great deal of body, as evidenced by the rather fragile head, itís smooth as milk but quite thin. Goes well with full cream vanilla ice cream and rich chocolate sauce. Thanks Dogbrick.
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This really is a great beer. Definitely should not be served too cold, as the taste gets MUCH better as it approaches room temp. I noticed bits of coffee and maybe just the slightest hint of choclate. The head was not as creamy or thick as I had expected. The color is a deep, deep mahogany, or maybe more of a ruby black. Will definitely be buying more of this
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - SEP 21, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black gold. I wish I could swim in a pool filled with Fullers Porter. The best porter Iíve ever had.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2003 Re-rate February '03: There is something missing in this beer that I thought was there last fall. Although coffee and chocolate delightfully infiltrate the flavor, this beer seems less full-bodied to me than I once thought. The finish is more dry/bitter than I remember too. It's a really good beer, but not quite worthy of my original 4.5 rating. September '02: This is quickly becoming one of my favorite dark beers. Very dark color, very rich tastes, especially of black coffee. Not much head retention though.