Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate aroma, some coffee hints as well. Flavor is big and bittersweet, although the sweetness starts to build up as time goes on. Slight berry and melon in the end, which goes well with the heavy, dark, roasted taste that coats your mouth as you sip. Mouthfel is thick and chewy, but nothing is dry or chalky, a good consistency all around.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured jet black with a large creamy light brown head. Aroma starts bitter and changes to sweet, chocolate, roast, and big coffee. Good lacing and retains a small head the entire way. Body is a little too thin. Oily mouthful. Unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and a great hop finish that leaves a sweet aftertaste. The malts become more prominant as this beer warms making it a whole lot more enjoyable.
DougiePhiTau (99) - USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good porter has a stron malty aroma with a unsweetend choclate taste... i didn’t catch the coffee taste as described
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at Crane Alley in Urbana, IL. a great looking porter. deep, dark chocolate brown with a wonderful tan head. aromas and flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some hops. the flavor that comes through the most though was the bittersweet chocolate. I really liked this porter, nice job Great Lakes!
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells roasty and nutty. Chocolate, coffee and ugli fruit. Very good aftertaste with a medium bitterness and hops. Good breakfast beer, if you don’t have to work of course. Strong coffee also at the end.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 Slight rerate after a recent tasting. Still a solid porter, but wasn’t impressed with it as much this time. Flavors seemed more muted and the body seemed less dense. Nevertheless, the newly tweaked review...
Medium to thin viscosity; deep mahogany-brown colored. Smells of roasted nuts and coffee. Tastes of bitter-sweet semi-sweet chocolate chips and crisp pine nuts. Smooth, yet bitter; complex. A good, solid porter.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I sure enjoyed this one. Pours a dark brown with nice red-copper highlights. Aroma is a nice French roast with chocolatey roasted notes. The mouthfeel is very smooth, definitely noticeable. The flavor is more light chocolate and coffee...quite complex and deliicious! Thanks Pat for this wonderful porter.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cellar Temp. Burgundy in an English pint. Gushing head. Aroma of caramel malts and nuts. Very chocolaty initially developing nicely into roasted nuts supported by a light cognac underneath. Soft mouthfeel. Finishes with balanced bitterness. Avoids the common pitfalls of being too watery or too stout like. This is a great porter.
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this bottled. An outstanding dark porter. Very dark brown, somewhat cloudy, thick orange-ish head that dissipated quite slowly, very malty but somewhat muddy. Excellent.
Homebrewerguy (303) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ein impression vas burnt into me tasten buddys by zis bier. Rich, robust it vas, mit chust ze right hoppen for ze burnt malten balancink. I svear if Helga only zay zis "taste like bier" I vill be stranklink her till zhe dies from it.
Earlier Rating: 2/19/2005 Total Score: 3.9
Thanks to my buddy Pat for suggesting this beer (PJK33) Very nice looking porter, aroma of roasted malt, black malt flavor balanced nicely by a substancial hop bite, nice mouthfeel for a porter, Porter lovers should not miss this one.