JK (5559) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 The dominant aroma is of roasted malt, reminds of the aroma of a dry stout like Beamish. Minor aroma of red wine. Black with a red tint in the light. The head is small but thick and leaves a heavy lace on the glass. Several flavors, most prominent is the roasted malt again. Also coffee, some chocolate, and fruit. Unfortunately, all of these flavors seem to be holding back. This beer is thiner than I would like. Still very good, but maybe not 99th percentile good.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Porter. Coffee, chocolate, and malt flavor. Finishes creamy, smooth, and dry. Recommended.
noheinie4u (37) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Everything about this beer is great...I'm not a coffee/chocolate drink person, so I didn't fully enjoy the taste...however, it was still a good beverage...
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of 18.6 oz. bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 10/5/03. Pours a silky-looking dark cola brown with a hint of red. Sudsy, beige head that lingers. Clear body but so dark that very little light passes through it. Aroma is malty deliciousness-- creamy, caramelly, smells a lot like a box of Cracker Jacks. A little too soft for my liking, but still very alluring. Taste is immediately of dark roasted malts and some nuttiness. Dark malt flavors grow and grow, having just enough sweetness on the back end to keep it tasty. Whereas many porters make me think, "Ok, this is good, but it should've been a stout," this one is a truly definitive and unique kind of beer. Not as much like a coffee or espresso as most other stouts and porters; it has a whole 'nother thing going on. Obviously shares some similarities with a good stout, but this doesn't feel like it's any sort of compromise at all. Active carbonation and even some acidity in the mouthfeel; thin-to-medium body but interesting texture, almost chewy and oily at the same time. Long finish with nuttiness, bitterness, and mellowing maltiness, as well as a hint of sourness that grows. Very complex stuff, revealing new layers with each sip and second of its taste. For me, this beer at once defines and transcends its style. Special, special stuff.
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark black and ruby highligts, cramy tan head. rich roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate etc. but with an almost intagible extra dimension and depth that seperates its self from the crowd. more intense as it warms, but it never loses that velvety smooth feeling.
UNCCTF (514) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My 100th rating!!! Pure black coloring. Aromas of chocolate malts and coffee, with a slight roasted tinge to it. Flavor is SO complex - dark coffee, chocolate, and a very surprising and nice bittering in the very end. Aftertaste is bitter with lingering coffee. Truly awesome - topped in my mind only by Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout. It's good to be king!
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lovely vineous, chocolate nose and, in my opinion, fairly standard appearance for a porter start off this highly anticipated brew. Flavor is very rich and smooth. Really quite delicious and harmonious, with a nice roast flavor in the finish. A very well made porter.
brownaler (478) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As usual with great porters, pitch black with a little fruity flavor mixed with roasted malts. Awesome beer.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Bottle. Coffee aromas with background smokiness. Slight acidity. Instead of the smooth balance of the cask a thin biting finish.
sloth (2755) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized tan head with white highlights. Beautiful clear mahogeny color.Malty, caramely nose, Licorice and chocolate notes also. Med/full body, great creamy mouthfeel. Chocolatey, roasty, fruity flavors with a slight hint of tobacco, tastey. Finish is dry, somewhat roasty. Nice porter.