Christian (11392) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 Black with rathershort lived, bubbly off-white head. Rich aroma dominated by caramel, licorice, malt and coffee. Flavour continues the coffee theme, with lots of bitterness, a hint of smoke and a long aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. Ratebeerwise this should be in the mid range, but I just love it so much thereís no way to rate it lower. I apologoze to the fine Englishmen who dislike Fullerís pub strategies (for good reasons), but when they put the porter in a bottle or can and send it abroad, they are onto something...
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great looking beer, a dark yet not opague brown with a fluffy brown head. Smells like those chocolate malts, baby, yeah. Mouthfeel is full but surprisingly light; this is super drinkable stuff. Light coffee notes, burnt toast, a little bit of smoke, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Finishes clean and dry.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as I expected after reading the ratings. The aroma and appearance are great, but it seemed a bit thin to me. Still, it's very good.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wheee! I'm impressed! Dark brew, thick but kinda fizzy head that dissipates after a few minutes. Bold, yet non-bitter chocolate taste with a nice bite. Rich and full flavor. I'm very impressed with Fuller's beers that I've had. This is an exceptional job - one of the best I've had from this style. The brewers managed to put a lot of flavor into this beer without going overboard on the sweetness and smokey flavors that you find in most porters. Nothing here is blown out of proportion. It's just very nice! I wish I hadn't passed it up on all of those occasions. In the process of becoming a hop-head who loves a good IPA, I've forgotten how good a properly engineered maltier beer can be.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an example of a brew that excels in its said style without all the acrobatics. Pours a deep charcoal with ruby highlights when light hits. Conservative head but leaves a nice ocean water lace thereafter. Nose is of chocolate and dates, with smoke overtones busting through like a bonfire at the beach. Tastes of coffee bean, with the strength of expresso, bit of semi-sweetened chocolate and a buttery-smooth middle. Finishes with blanket of smoke on the back of the tongue. Nice solid medium mouthfeel, leaves this another winner from Fuller's. Classy, sexy and seductive and enough brains to keep you interested for time to come. I'm marrying this one.
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black appearance. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and licorice. The flavor is slightly bitter with some bitter coffee notes, dark fruit, chocolate, and smoke. The aftertaste was very smooth and slightly sour. This was a very nice porter.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 Rich flavor, the chocolate malts are definitely dominant. Reminds me of ice cream. If you're in the mood for a rich, dark beer, this goes down quite nicely.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2004 Wow. Avery top notch porter. Does not get much better than this. Tons of flavor yet not as overpowering as a stout. Great brew
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown pour, borderline black. Rich and creamy tannish head, and sheets of fine lacing. Very pleasing aromas of chocolate, roast malts, a woody aroma as well, maybe oak, and the Fuggles come through a bit. A slight hint of caramel in there, too. Chocolate malts dominate the flavors followed by the caramel and roasted malts. There is almost a coffee like character there along with that oak that was in the aroma. Nice and creamy palate, thick, rich body and a wonderful chocolate filled bitter finish. This is a damn fine example of a porter, and I'm extremely happy it's available here again.
pootzboy (1608) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Thereís a dearth of Baltic porter in Canada now so I decided to try some of the British offerings so I got six Fullers at the local. I canít say I like it as much as the sweeter, fuller bodied, stronger Baltic porters but this is a very good example of the traditional British porter and a superbly produced beer with excellent quality. Iím quite satisfied with this as an interim substitute.
This impressive embossed bottle had a freshness date and write up on the beerís awards. Poured a luxurious rich clear dark mahogany looks almost cola- ruby when glass held against a strong light. Large cascading puffy brown head that stayed for a while then dissipated to a beige lace that stayed to the end of the drink. It has a moderate amount of effervescence .
Smells of chocolate and Caramel with hints of wine-like berry.
Starts rather sharp to the tongue accented with dry hops and carbonation then builds into a creamy medium-full bodied mouth feel punctuated with a balance of musty chocolate semi sweetness and hops...finishes smooth with a pleasant dry-cocoa after taste that is not as tinny as dry stouts. All in all a very good drink and a fine porter.