puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with almost no head, black. Aroma is sweet chocolate and roast coffee, a little butter. Taste is similar with quite a bit of diacetyl, though still creamy and nice. A pretty average porter.
thegreenrooster (3896) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a dark black with a small tan head. Aroma is outstanding! Lots of coffee and dark chocolates. Flavor is more of the same coffee and chocolate plus a hint of roasted nuts. Very tasty and rich.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great chocolate taste with a nice aftertaste that lingers for a few minutes. Not too strong to keep you away, but not so weak it leaves you wanting. Impressed that such an accessible, easy to find beer could be so good.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty, grainy chocolate-cocoa aroma is very sweet but enticing. Clear mahogany brown coloured body is topped by a decent, tan, fine bubbled head that lasts very well. Sweetness and roastiness are harmonious in their balance leading up to the charred, ashy aftertaste. Medium body with lively though gentle effervescence. Sampled at GABF 2005.
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Bottle out of Great Lakes Sampler. Poured a stunning dark brown with amber accents. Head is a chestnut color and quite dense. Aroma is a potent whiff of roasted coffee and nuts. Flavor follows suit, with nice bitter chocolate. Faint sweet/ cherry flavor within as well. Can’t think of anything wrong with this one.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Head looked like Capuccino. Aroma had roasted coffee, chocolate, citrus and cherry. Taste wonderful with chocolate, citrus and coffee with a touch of cherry. There was a bit of chocolate brownie in the mix, but it was a roasty flavor for the most part. Mouthfeel had a bit of port in it. This was a very impressive Porter.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a touch of red. Aromas of chocolate, maybe some cherries, malt and some smoke. Flavor of dark chocolate malt with small amounts of coffee. /
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very deep garnet with a light toffee head. Really cool copper sheen on the top as the head dissipated. Some lacing ensued. Deep, roasty chocolate malts (milk first, followed by baker’s chocolate) in the aroma, with bitter coffee coming through as this warmed. Coffee became more pronounced in the flavor, giving a great bitterness around the edges and at the finish. Chocolate also played a large part in the flavor... and there was a nice dose of citric hoppiness at the finish. Heaven on the palate... smooth chocolate across the middle, and roasty & bitter coffee and hoppage around the edges. Citrus twist at the finish. Nice medium-heavy fullness to it. Great brew!
blankboy (7124) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Pours a very dark brown with ruby hues and a nice size lasting light-brown head. Looks great. Nice well balanced aroma and flavour of roasted malt, hops, espresso, nuts and chocolate. Full bodied, especially for a Porter. Really good!
hopshopshops (4) - napoleon, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours very dark with little head. smells of chocolate. smooth taste, hops and chocolate and coffee all at the same time. easily the best beer from great lakes.