Nate (3759) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a wonderful aroma - dark chocolate/strong coffee, roasted/burnt malts. A little smoky with a hint of alcohol. Dark brown with light brown head. Creamy, full-bodied texture with soft carbonation. Slightly bitter finish but a really, really good porter. Highly recommend.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A rather sharp dry note accents the rich dark malts of this brew, running strongly through a slightly less than full body. A splash of hops in the close. I had this at a dinner party where unbelievably spectacular food predominated and it didn’t quite hold up to the challenge. A fine beer nonetheless.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very deep garnet, chocolate head that fades quickly, lace is adequate, the nose is that of toasted grains, caramel and semi sweet chocolate. Sweet front, the top light, the finish is dry, hop bitter, lightly acidic, robust and quite a treat for us ’Dark Lovers’ , when the ’World’ is turning to the ’Light’, I will maintain the ’Dark’.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good, but a little lacking in the flavor department. Not a bad brew, but the flavor is a bit too burnt for my tastes. The aroma is nice, but I’ve had better.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Bottle@Home, Oct 08, 3.4: Strong aroma of chocoalte, licorice, laurel and a bit sugary. Opague color, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, light bitter, chocolate, licroice. Bit thinnish. Flavorful, nice but bit sugary and not exceptional. Bottle@Home, Apr 02, 4.1: Roasted, coffee aroma. Dark brown/black, off-white frothy/creamy head, good lacing. Smooth, moderate full, roasted, light sweet. Long, strongly roasted, coffee finish.
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rich drink has an initially thick head. Dark colour with a huge chocolate smell. Strong, complex flavours combined with good strength and excellent, lasting finish. Great deep flavours.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this to be a nice full bodied poerter, but lacking of any significant flavor to set it apart from other porters.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not nearly as good as Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter, this is too smokey and not nearly as silky and smooth as Sammy Smith. That said it is still a good porter, good maltiness and strong flavor.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good porter, but not one of Fullers better beers. Nice malt and flavor but lacks a finish.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a few bottles of this tonight. This brew pours a dark red brown. The huge rocky
light brown head is fully lasting and leaves fair lacing. The big rich nose is predominately
strong roasted coffee, with hints of caramel, dark chocolate, flowers, grapefruit, spices,
toffee, butterscotch, licorice, cola, and alcohol. The warm flowery flavor is of course heavily
bittersweet (coffee, coffee, and coffee) with a pleasant citrus inspired acidic bite in the
middle. The finish is long, rich and bitter. The full creamy/syrupy body has lively
carbonation and finishes complex - dry, astringent, and alcoholic. Another really nice