DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade, thanks Brian!) The nose and initial sip make you think this will be a very mild porter, but that moderately strong dark roasted flavor up front picks up steam in the rather bitter and dark roasted finish; Light, but noticeable sweetness, but somewhat dry on the palate; The beer becomes more coffee-like in both the flavor and nose as it warms to room temperature; Medium to full bodied, about average for the style, and definitely lighter on the palate than the thick, chewy porters; Moderately dark roasted nose; Deep brown color has a ruddy hue when held to the light; Tan head has solid retention and leaves a fairly dense blanket of lacing on the glass at first, but most of that lacing vanishes within a minute or two; Maybe not in the upper echelon of porters, but it's not too far behind
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 A nice porter with a burnt chocolate aroma, rich dark brown color, and a nice brown head. Itís not to sweet, like many a porter, and has a chocolate/coffee/burnt malt flavoring. Great mouth-feel.
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DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color, solid lacing. A wonderful aroma of smoke, coffee, roasted, chocolate, and tobacco. Rich and smooth, medium-full body, roasted malt joy. An absolutely wonderful porter, smooth and balanced with plenty of body and roastedness.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4785) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Something in me wants to like this beer but each time I come away disappointed. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a thin black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was lightly fruity and hoppy with a hint of chocolate. The texture was thin and a bit watery. The flavor was strong with hops and really lacking in malt. I think if I was trying this blindfolded I would have pegged it as an IPA given how much the hops dominate and the malt disappears. Certainly a drinkable beer but a huge disappointment given the hype. I cant say that I would ever seek this one out again.
sfontain (792) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super-dark garnet, initially a HUGE head and lots of lacing; eventually the head disappears and the beer flattens out. Big aroma, mostly of roastiness. Flavor is quite roasty with a bit of chocolate. Initially the mouthfeel is absolutely awesome--creamy, frothy, silky, and not even very sticky; as the beer breathes, though, this becomes just another thick, sticky porter. Yeah, fine, itís another big porter, and yeah itís good. Big whoop... Truthfully, Iím mildly sick of these overly-roasty porters/stouts. Iíll take Anchorís rendition of this any day.
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
duvel tulip glass: a dark semi-dry and hoppy porter. dry, cremey, chocolately, bittersweet, hoppy, roasty. all with a deliciousness to be wow wee wow wee wow'd.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. The mocha head is very nice, dense creamy and producing excellent lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some nice citurs hops. The flavor continues the parade of things to like about this beer, hints of choclate chip cookie dough, along with coffee and a good dose of hops. Mediumn body, roasty finish. Damn fine porter. Thanks to JPDIPSO!
IndianaRed (2316) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2004 Bottle Pours a very dark redish brown. A large frothy offwhite tan head and some spotty, coarse lacing. Aroma is of coffee, smioke, leather and a bit of licorice. Not particularly full or rich though. Taste is smokey mostly, but then after a few seconds comes the bitter coffee flavor. Ah..60 IBUs....
Feel is very soft and easy. Good stuff
Thanks to EddieG for the trade.
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
There were some things I really liked about this porter. For one, its about as easy drinking and refreshing as any porter (and many other styles as well) Iíve ever tasted. On the other hand, while refreshing is nice, porters tend to be roastier and fuller than this one. Good and different, but not a great in my opinion.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
yeah. mmmmmm. yeah. a great porter that takes a load off of you without putting the hurt on you. the commercial description is very apt, though the coffee taste could have been a bit strong for my taste.