hopscotch (9963) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer rocks.
Aroma of cocoa and coffee, caramel and brown sugar.
Beautiful, very dark, sparkling ruby hue. Medium sized, creamy, tan head. Mostly lasting with excellent lacing.
Flavors of roasted nuts smothered in dark chocolate, toffee, buttery caramel. Perfectly balanced. Not sweet. Slighty salty, rich with hints of espresso on the backside.
Lively carbonation. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Long, slightly bitter and salty, dry finish. Excellent Porter. Another triumph from Fullers.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat disappointed, given the ratebeer reputation of this one. I found the flavor to be rather thin. It had pleasant roasty chocolate malt notes, and hints of coffee flavor, but just not enough to make it really interesting. Also found it to have a slightly chalky aftertaste which wasnít terribly bad, but wasnít a good thing either.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark and rich. Pours with a coffee-like roasted aroma and a thick tan head. The flavor is minimally sweet but plenty robust and smooth. This porter is very well rounded and a great example of the style.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BB Oct.21 02í;Dark mahogany with a oat colored decent head.Rich,clean malts,small roast,and slight coffee aromas.Palte is soft and oily.Rich maltiness,cocoa,roastiness borders bunt(which I like)followed with a deep dark coffee finish.Very little,if any,hops detected.Been a couple years and it was as good as I remembered.Drank right out of the closet.60 degrees.I couldnít ask for a better temp.Head has disappeared but the flavor is more pronounced now.Excellent blend of malts.You can taste all three.A fresh sample(case)is wanted for this winter season.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color, medium head. Nice chocolate and coffee aroma. Full bodied porter. Deep roasted malt flavor. Rich complex flavors; cocoa, chocolate, and coffee. Smooth taste. Slightly sweet. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and round. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Very Nice beer.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great porter. Not quite my style. but still very appreciable.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 Sweet and chewy nose is your first clue that this is going to be a tasty brew! Smooth & rich mouthfeel is very enjoyable on the tongue. Chocolate-caramel-coffee with a tinge of rich hoppiness. Sugary malts make it a little cloying, but the flavors that stick to your mouth counteract that negative. This beer is so damn flavorful, in all the right ways. Cask at Falling Rock: Smooth and nicely balanced. Rich and roasty. Big chocolate exudes throughout. Wholesome yeast note with a light fruitiness (prune and pear, perhaps).
babycakes (24) - White Plans, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, the commercial description says it all. This beer is full of flavor but light in body. Nice.
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice beer with lots of flavor. Excellent dark brown porter color with a nice aroma. Easy to drink as it is not overpowering. Crisp smooth and precise. I really enjoyed the draught version of this.
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty smell with coffee aroma,a deep brown like a high school freshmanís first dime bag it. A very light head. The fire department was too late, it is oh so burnt and i like it.