Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Pours a very dark garnet. Foamy head with a good bit of splotchy lacing. Nose is slightly bitter with a light touch of chocolate. Notes of bitter chocolate and coffee with a slight bit of astringency. Mouthfeel is smooth but a touch on the watery side with a healthy does of carbonation. Slightly bitter in the finish. Disappointing considering the high ratings it has here but still a very good porter.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich sweet nose on this one. Color is deep black with little head. Flavor seems to lack any real distinction to me beyond the malts. The texture here is very nice, smooth all around, with a slight chalky aftertaste.
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 Bottle: Ligth brown head, black body. Aroma; liqourice, tar?. Full body, soft. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Liqourice, coffee-bitterness and notes of smoke....
Cask: Seductive and impressive! Black colour with the most creamy head ever. Milk chocolate, liqourice, lightly raosted coffe beans and a balancing restrained bitterness. Full and very smooth. (8,5,8,5,18)
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish/brown hue, small tan rocky head, some lacing, medium to full bodied. Heavy roasted malt aroma with hints of molasses, dark chocolate and espresso. Somewhat of a ruby port quality to it. Very nice. The flavor matches the aroma and has just enough bitterness to balance out the heavy malts. Beautiful mouthfeel, creamy and oily, soft carbonation and a moderate alcohol finish. Hint of smoke lingers on the palate. An exceptional beer.
nick35 (12) - USA - JUN 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sort of a milk porter: very well balanced between malt sweetness and roast. No hops flavor. At first it reminded me of licking a cold BBQ grill, but in a good way.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and malty. I'm drinking it 2 months after the 'best by' date and it's still excellent.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2004 Lovely Coco flavor with light hints of vanilla and Blue Mountain Coffee! Ė Not an overly monstrous coffee and chocolate finis.. dry and roasty! Ė Great Stuff!
Hats off to the brewers at Fullers that originated this fantastic London Porter. I am very impressed by this beer; I believe it is one of the best porters that I have ever come by. What a nice rich malted flavor with hints of coffee, chocolate, toffee, & motor oil, Ok, maybe not motor oil. Very nicely put together.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown color with a substantial light brown head. Rich slightly roasted aroma of chocolate. Rich and crisp roasted flavor of chocolate/cocoa and coffee is slightly bitter. Similarly, finish is clean and roasted and a bit dry. Palate is medium-full bodied, fairly smooth, and silky.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was really impressed by this porter, thin white head, dark dense appearance, smells strongly of coffee and roasted malts, the flavor is a delicious blend of nuts caramel and chocolate. This is a fine example of a porter.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Rave reviews for this beer? I don't understand it. Are we talking about the same beer? I wrote the name down when I tried it, so yes. True this is a complex beer, but it tastes like something I don't like - hard liquor. It tastes like they literally put hard liquor in it. Bleh. If I want hard liquor I will go and drink that, but I want beer. Overall, the taste is overpowering and repulsed my taste buds. My beer connossieur friend Travis also agreed that it was not a good beer. This beer, along with Hoegaarden and Blue Moon of Kentucky is a beer I have no desire to drink again.
Let's re-cap. The aroma is beerish, but misleading since it doesn't really taste like beer. The appearance is the best thing about it, for it looks good. The flavour however tastes of whiskey and the palate of chocolate and coffee. My overall impression is very negative on this one. I really don't think it deserves a 99 rating. Second rating: The first rating was unfair. This beer tastes better at a slightly warmer temperature, which brings out its enjoyable porter attributes more and somehow makes it seem smoother. Still not deserving of a 99, but quite good and tryworthy.