cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Prominent roasty notes. I’d say "licoricey" but it’s not sweet. A sharp Porter, as sharp chedder is to cheddar, with similar back-roast underlying the main flavor. Great, lasting, light-tan head and generous lacing. Has an inkling of wateriness lurking under there.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
clear dark brown, fine beige head, hoppy and roasted malt flavor, very carbonated body, tart roasted and chocolate flavor, sourness grows until it takes over,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 5/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. It smells like chocolate, and maybe a bit of roasted/toasted malt. The color is opaque brown/black, and the tan head is multi-fingered. Thin to medium bodied, with rather fizzy carbonation - no bite though. The start is coffee, followed by chocolate. It is roasted malty sweetness, and the finish is relatively dry and coffee bitter, if you can wait for awhile. Very pleasant. Impressive pour.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a black color with a large foamy brownish beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and touch of smoke. Taste is of roasted malts, some chocolate and a slightly bitter finish. Nothing spectacular here, but not that bad either.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear dark brown with a large tan head. Smokey and plasticy phenolic notes. When I took a deep breath it smelled like sour feet. The flavor was tart with a hint of roast. Light bodied. I am guessing this is an infection and not intended.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep black with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, roasted malts, some chocolate notes, and sour. Flavor is malty, sour fruity notes, with some roasted malts.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an opaque with dark brown edges and a frothy dark tan head. Aroma of cherry tartness and some lightly roasted malts. Body starts light and fizzy with a touch of sweet dark caramel before sourness takes over toward a warming slightly acidic finish. Seems like it would be a nice porter were it not as acidic.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared with Padrefan98. Nice chocolate aromas off this almost black pour with no head. No head due to a very small amount of carbonation. Flavors were some roastiness with a strange bitterness on the finish. Average...
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle thanks to degarth. Poured a dark black with no head. Smells of roasted chocholate. Average porter, but good.
doughert82 (20) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Dark in color, taste is more similar to a stout than a porter. Lacked any distinguishing flavor characteristics, and in fact, the lingering taste wasn’t that great. But I like Golden Valley, and appreciate their effort.