Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex porter, good finish. Not much to say except YUM!!! Would recommend. I’ve yet to have something from this brewer that I dislike.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 This is a great beer. It tastes and smells more like a stout though.Aromas of coffee and a hint of burnt toast, very roasty. It has a nice thin tan head that stay. Has a slight bitter taste and a dry finish, much like toast, very good! Definitely would recommend this to others. THAT MEANS YOU!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Tap Room. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Nose is malt, earthy, slight coffee, and hoppy. Taste is also very hoppy for a porter. Roast and coffee fallinline behind the hopps but the hopps presence just amazes me. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness and leaves your mouth coated.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a near-black with a nice tan head, which faded soon with minimal lace. Aromas of malt, grain, herbs, anise, carrots, yeast, and earth. Tastes of roasted malt, not cloyingly sweet, with chocolate, coffee, smoke, and chicory with a big hit of hoppy bitterness. Less sweet and not as thin and flat as most porters.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex flavors of mocha, coffee, rich roasted maltiness, hopped-up bitterness, everything as a porter should be and maybe a touch more.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown pour, with a tall creamy head of tan. Light raspberry and dusty malt aroma, backed with a hint of oat. A little weak. Flavor is bright and bold, very malty and pretty rich and round for a porter. Good light notes of chocolate and coffee. Sweet, yet still watery with a clear clean finish. Hops add a nice third dimension with oaky efforts on the palate. Delectable.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad, thanks. This poured a dark brown with red everywhere.Rich, creamy off white head. Nose was an intense fresh ground coffe with dark chocolate malted into it.The initial taste was cold coffee, excellent. As I let this warm, more of a dry bitter end came out. And man, was this really bitter the more it warmed. I liked this, I like it alot!
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 What an excellent beer. Great mix of complex tastes, of hops, malt, roast, sweet, and bitterness. The color is gorgeously dark, and has a nice head. Porter is the style of beer I drink least, but this one is the best.
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GTM. Wonderful, milk chocolate, lactose aroma. Dark, almost brownish black. Tan head. Lots of flavor. Lively carbonation on the tongue. Rich, roasted malt. Really nice and flavorful. Very good.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Feb 11th 2007 re-rate bottle courtesy of OhioDad.
Aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, mild coffee, cocoa, mocha latee and roasted components. It smells good but it seems held back. Just doesn’t open up all the way. The body is dark brown to black with a slowly diminishing thumb thick tan head.
Fore is smooth and creamy with ample chocolate notes, but more coffee and roast than I recall from past samples. Gets slightly watery though the middle, but ends quite robust and roasty with coffee acidity and bitterness and a hint of Anchor Porter-like molasses and brown sugar. Definitely a better beer than I remember. Perhaps I’d had old bottles before, but this beer is better than my memories of it.
Original Rating 3.5:
Strong malty aroma with a touch of mocha. Deep black with a thin bubbly head. Sweet and approachable flavor palate, but I hate to say it I am not as impressed as I thought I’d be. There is a wateryness to the flavor in the finish that is impossible not to notice. A very decent porter, but I think it is highly overrated. Just doesn’t have enough ass to it. Needs a lot more roastiness and less chocolate creaminess.