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.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great roasted aroma. Body is a great balance of chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of bitterness. Just enough body in this one.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malt, chocolate, and toffee. Pours dark brown, almost opaque, decent tan head. Flavor has all the components of the aroma, with a nice roasty bitterness in the finish. Pretty full bodied, definitely a robust porter. Very good.
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, with a decent head. The aroma of this beer was weaker than I expected from reading the previous ratings, but still there. Very coffee-like in taste with hints of chocolate and just enough bitterness.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very deep ruby-brown, with a medium rocky tan head, medium diminishing to leave bunches of lace. Aroma is strong - roasted malts, big chocolate, and some coffee. Flavor is very smooth chocolate, with some bitter coffee in the finish. Medium-full bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel.
Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 12 oz bottle. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is a mellow, slightly metallic, chocolate with notes of coffee and hops.
The flavor is big on chocolate malts intially, some dark fuits, and a decent hop finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The aftertaste is sticky and slightly metallic bitterness.
Overall, a fine porter. Chocolately with a nice hop balance.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black color and a nice, sticky head allude to something good. And it was. Coffee-like malt tastes throughout the profile. Roasted grain tastes and a lingering bitterness. Maybe a hint of diacytel there? I'm usually sensitive to that, but it didn't matter to me this time. Like it all around.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love porters and this is no exception. Nice dark color. Good head. Bit of a coffee tast. I can see why this beer came recomended by my friend.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fairly thin, and a bit hoppy. I can't say that I liked it too much. I'll need to re-rate this one when I'm not eating.