5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with brown highlights. Nice foamy head adorns this brew. Lacing seems very sticky. Aroma of espresso and chocolate... Mmmmmm. Initial taste is of nicely roasted malts with a hint of sweet cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finish is nice and smooth. This is one smooth, tasty, and easy to drink Porter. This is damn tasty. Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a very long lasting head. Aroma certianly has the roasty toasty malty scent. Taste... Mmmmmm... taste... Lots of roasted goodness and coffee to boot. Hints of chocolate, but not so much it tips off the balance. There is also a bitterness that lingers at the end. 'Tis truly a wonderful beer.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours dark brown with a BIG dark beige head that is initially over an inch thick and which appears to be fully retained. Quite attractive in the glass. Aroma is primarily roasted malt with a little earth and some cream. Flavor is inially sweet malt, then bittersweet chocolate kick in. The finish is bitter and pretty dry. Quite an enjoyable drinking experience.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown with a red shine and lasting foamy light tan head. Very nice nose with notes of coffee and light fruit. Solid roast throughout the aroma - slightly acidic smelling. Wow! The body is outstanding. Huge coffee notes at the front with a smooth chocolate middle. The coffee kicks in and out throughout to create and maintain a bold, roasty fan-porter-tastic taste. A nice solid, yet timid, bitterness compliments the beautifully silky smooth body. Light licorice towards a bitter sweet end. Gains the lead in my top porters (aside from Baltics of course)list, a thing of beauty.
hershiser2 (1146) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Very dark brown with a medium brown head that lingers.
Smell: mmmm roasted, toasted, and nice
Taste: roasted, smokey, and smooth... yum
Mouthfeel: nice, a bit tingly and bitter, but nice
This is a drinkable beer without a doubt. One of the better beers from the Great Lakes Brewing Company!
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown hue, white head. Aroma is very impressive--caramel, chocolate, malty and sweet. Smells like a beer I want to drink. Flavor is malty up front with similar taste to aroma. However, it is a little thin tasting. The first few sips have an unnatrually strong bitterness in the finish. After the first few, though, the bitterness is a lot less noticeable. Overall, very good.
garrison (742) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a bottle, it pours a dark brown with a rich choclatey aroma. I found the taste of this porter VERY good, with many complex undertones!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a runaway fruit train, a dark mass in my glass. Tan head; minimal lacing. Starts roasty; by room temperature it's sticky and chocolately. Good.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the premier porters in my sometimes humble opinion. Pours with a deep chestnut brown body and a thick, creamy tan head. Roasted malts, toast, coffee, and a hint of chocolate share the aroma. Rich flavor dominated by roasted, toasty malts, dry chocolate, coffee, and even a touch of caramel touching the palate. Finishes with notable earthy hops. Good bottles remind me in many ways of Victory Storm King.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with nice bubbly tan head. Light caramel aroma. Watery mouthfeel with light roasted barley taste.