Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice tan head. Brwonish black hue. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Bittersweet chocolate dominates on this roasted grain, medium bodied, medium carbonated very velvety smooth porter. Very quaffable and drinkable. I could slug this all night long, perhaps its the low ABV. Anyways, very decent.
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful deep red-brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is chocolate and red wine, quite inviting. Flavor is much the same, along with some roastiness and coffee, but a little weaker than I’d like. At times my mouth felt satisfied, but at others the sensation was watery.
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
That big claw on the lobster bit me with the first look into the deep, dark depths of my glass (not completely black, with a wee bit of red when looking into a strong light). I was taken in, hook, line, and sinker for the aroma--baking chocolate, yes, but something else as attractive as a wiggling worm to a walleye, with its tones of roasted malt and a port-like fortified depth. The flavor is simple simple but attractive, a siren song that had me running my ship into rocks; not sweet, but an amalgam of burnt, coffee, and dark chocolate bitterness. The somewhat oily palate raised the spectre of an environment-threatening oil spill, but it was counteracted by a watery thinness (that was not necessarily a positive development, however). Still, at the end, I was clawing like a lobster in a pot of boiling water for another one of these--the product of a recent trip to Massachusetts, and reason enough to seek out again the allure of the deep.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black with a ruby edge. Thin tan head. Nose of roasty malts,coffee and chocolate. Thinnish body, lots of flavor. Wonderful but not harsh roastiness, bit of caramel, long roasty finish with some slight yeasty frutiness. Typical porter.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep chestnut. Thin, dense dark tan foam. Steady tiny bubbled carbonation. Aroma of roasted chocolate and caramel with hints of coffee and mild buttery yeast. Thinnish and airy and light natured, but solidly flavored with a deep roasted malt profile. Smooth burnt caramel and dry harshness. Lengthy aftertaste. Light bodied, dry and gentle. Finishes with less caramel sweetness, faintly bitter and slick. A quaffing Porter. Solidly made.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a insult to Fullers LP.Appearance (brown,clingy,khaki head)is O.K. but the aroma is lacking.Sloppy flavors with strange finish.Paltate is like over watered cool aid.You can taste the sugar oozing over your tounge.I’m afraid to pour this down the drain.It might send it back.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Better than average porter. Nice roasted/burnt flavor,hops aren’t assertive enough.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice rich dark color, good but slightly weak aroma. Too thin, and too carbonated, but has a nice roasted flavor. A good but rather plain porter, I would drink it again, but i wont search it out.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent porter. Rich and burnt taste.
Yakbreath (13) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a home-brewed taste and a nice burnt/roasted flavor