larsniclas (5564) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Draught at The Bishops Arms, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Very dark with a lovely head.
A lot of aroma from coffee, chocolate and prune.
A very smooth, soft and fresh palate.
Smoky flavour with chocolate.
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Poured a dark reddish brown color with a medium sized creamy light tan head. Roasted chocolate aroma with some dark fruits as well. Slight chocolate and roasted malt taste. Creamy mouth feel.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazingly smooth and drinkable porter, a world classic. Deep brown color and quite small fluffy head. Lots of black chocolate, malt and coffee in the aroma and palate. The Porter.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hearty porter, I sampled it in Upstate NY on a camping trip. They told me it was the last set they had as their distributor was stopping shipment of it. Hearty and delicious, a meal in a glass. For a porter, it was pretty heavy feeling in the mouth. A little pricey (12 for a 6 pack where I was) and possibly impossible to find now brings it down in my ranking a little. For a lot less money, I can sacrifice flavor and pick up a 6er of Yuengs.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Totally awesome. Very dark pour, full retentive head. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Velvety mouthfeel. Perfectly made. So good...
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown liquid that, when held up to light, can be seen through with a generous, off-white head that quickly collapses leaving a thin film of head. Aroma is of very, very rich coffee with a touch of sweet molasses. Flavor is a creamy smooth malty coffee with a faint peanut character. Absolutely no hop flavor detected - a big plus. The beer is incredible, outstanding - WOW!! This beer can be sipped or quaffed in mouthfuls with reckless abandon. No alcohol flavor/aroma detected. Smooth and creamy, although the head needs to be more substantial, and the beer could benefit from being opaque - otherwise it is perfect. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle- "Best By" date:April 27 2002. Poured on 7-17-03.
Fantastic smelling blackish-red liquid with thin khaki head, smells absolutely marvelous, coffee and hops, tastes the same with a bit of raisen and a touch of wine. Very very nice. Perhaps my favorite beer EVER.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
10+ for aroma...soy sauce...BEST EVER! Black with off-white head. Flavor was of burnt coffee and chocolate. This is a great beer... my only complaint is that it was just a little too burnt tasting... don't read too much into that though because this is one of the best beers I have ever had!
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(sampled draught at Bishops Arms, Stockholm, Sweden) Dark brown, almost black with creamy pale brown head. Coffeish aroma with some gentle hops, dark chocolate and smoke. Flavour is awesome; black coffee, cacao with a pleasing bitterness of soy and english hops. A great and complex porter.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar, and sweet malt give this reddish brown porter its fragrance. It doesn't have much head, but has a nice, small lace. Starts sweet on the tongue, but finishes with a medium hoppy bitterness. Clean but slightly alcoholic finish. Creamy, thick. This is a wonderful beer--quite possibly one of the top five or ten in the world.