ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Map Room. Black and relatively thick with an off-white head. Coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, and dark roasts lead the way to a nice bitter hop finish. A solid porter.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(tap - Maproom, Chicago) Deep black with very little head. Roast malt and coffee aromas. Flavor was roast malt, burnt coffee, black chocolate, somewhat earthy. Enough hops for a nice balance.
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a nearly opaque dark brown with reddish hues in light. Head was tan, soda-like, and evaporated quickly leaving a slight layer that would lace. The scent was strong of roasted malts with a hint of coffee. Sweet up front with a dry bitter binish that left a lingering bitterness dark-chocolate and coffee are noticeable. Felt a bit thin in the mouth, went down like watery with a very minute carbonated tingle. I enjoyed it but was a little disappointed with this one I was hoping for a bit more robust flavor.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice porter from Great Lakes. Roasted malt takes over a bit of burnt coffee taste. Enough hop presence to balance the malty goodness. Not overly sweet, just a smooth example of a porter.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Light black body with a small, quickly dissipating brown/white head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate with some roasted malts and a bit of spice. Flavor is a very nice blend of chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of sweetness. Palate seems a bit thin.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. perfect opaque pitch appearance with a thick tan head. Roast malt and charcoal on the nose coffee and some earth introduced in the flavor. Very, very good on tap.
csbosox (1228) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s funny. I bought a six pack of this a long time ago and have been drinking one every now and then. I am down to my last one and I thought, for sure, that I had already rated it, but it appears I have not. 12oz bottle, bb Jan 29, 2005. Served in an english pint at 57.5°. The color is dark red, bordering on black, with some crimson tint around the edges and a small, khaki head. Aroma is roasty and a little sour. The initial taste roasty and mocha-like with milk chocolate sweetning the bitter malts. The midtaste is roasty with some earthy, woodsy hops dancing in the background. The finsh is mildly bitter and the roasty flavor lingers. The mouthfeel is full, but average for a porter. There seems to be an overly earthy flavor in the beer, not sure if it is due to the choice of hops or the age, but it takes away slightly from an otherwise nice beer. Will try again fresh.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle (best by 6/30/06) via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!) This one pours a rich dark brown with a smallish khaki head. Aroma is fairly mild - coffee, some rich maltiness, also some plum. A bit of fine lacing. Mouthfeel very smooth, maybe a touch watery. Taste is rich roasted coffee blended with malt. A bit of chocolate comes through as it warms, also that bit of plum. Finishes with a touch of bitter. Has just the right amount of alcohol. Very good.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent blackish garnet red, with copious amounts of lasting tan head. Nose is sweet and malty with faint bitterness. Flavor wise this beer will fool you. Nice rich malts give it a for-front sweetness that becomes darker and more complex. Even has a subtle hop bitterness in the finish. Do yourself a favor and do whatever it takes to get a hold of this bad boy!
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Good beer. Poured brown with mahoganey edges with a good head that laced well. Aroma was of roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor was the same with just the right amount of hops in it. Good solid beer. "