1more4dessert (329) - Upstate, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I prefer a bit more hop in my porter. This was definately creamy and smooth especially on hand pump. Since I also prefer a bit more carbonation this was not gonna score high for me.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice chocolate flavor, perfect looking beer, nice fat head and dark brown color, nice and smooth my only wish is that it would have more alcohol in it
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 A red brown color. It has a very small cream-colored head and big bubbles. The smell is coffee, malt, and milky. Super smooth and creamy with exaggerated coffee flavors. Did I say creamy! It's like having some very good dark coffee and milk, but with a malt and alcohol kick. Excellent!
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an excellent porter - very smooth - but coffee aromas and flavors overwhelmed. I'll have to give this one a second chance in the future.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Dark ruby/brown color, the head was moderate but creamy. Aroma quite pronounced and chocolatey. Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, fudge and coffee flavors. The finish was smooth and mellow, just a little bitterness. Everything just seems to work so well together that this porter will have to be my benchmark for the style. An almost perfect beer.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crystal Clear, it is hard to see through it this beer is so dark. Red black in color with a small but nice head that died young. Aroma of bitter chocolate and molasses. Medium bodied with a perfect balance between the bitterness of roasted malts, hops and the sweetness of malt. Chocolate, burnt sugar and a mild malty sweetness. The flavor comes on strong right way followed by a clean finish. This is the perfect porter
Reid (1860) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A very wonderful beer from Fullers..who make lodss of wonderful beers.Lovelly dark, dark garnet colour around the edges of the beer, great coffee and creme head that does not last but leaves luxurious lacing down the glass.The aroma is perfection for a porter.
Wonderful tatse akin to thebest coffee ( Blue Montain) and Perugia dark chocolate..lovelly stuff
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 simply one of the best porters in existence. roasted, malty, smooth, rich, vanilla, chocolate. shy of a high score only in the sense that it is not the most well rounded. and so rich, a 20 oz bottle is best shared.
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smoooooooth stuff. Rich choco-coffee aroma, but the taste is so wonderfully smooth. It leaves a touch of fizzyness on the lips as it slides by and downwards. The choco-coff-ay taste is so perfectly intertwined in the smoothness of the palate that it seems to gently wash in and fade out. great stuff!
aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm actually surprised that this beer has managed to rate so highly. Most of the dark beers don't do well unless they're over the top. I guess for a porter, this is definitely an assertive example, especially with hops that surprised my with their strong presence in the flavor profile. The hops start out bitter in the front and built during the middle only to fade into the finish and linger for a bit afterwards. A bit of burned bread is dominate in the middle of the flavor and while I'd be surprised if smoked malt is part of the mash, something's making me think of a campfire. A surprisingly good example of what a porter can be.