MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark black with a nice creamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate and coffee aromas. Roasted burnt chocolate, brown sugar and coffee flavors, good roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium body with soft and creamy mouthfeel, this is one of my all time favorite porters.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Have to enjoy coffee to like this one, as it has a very strong roasty flavor. Love the beer, song by Gordon Lightfoot, and the factual history of the ship itself.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) A lightly sweet aroma of roasted malt. Beautiful black cherry color with a large creamy head... light brown, fading quickly (a little oily) leaving a slight lace. Rich, roasty flavor, a little sugary, a little hoppy, with a slightly acidic aftertaste. A very good porter, but not my favorite.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with not much of a head. Aroma is neutral, not much going on. Taste is slight chocolate, hop kick, water. An average porter with a little bitterness to it.
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I had this one on draught at the Brewery in Cleveland, but never rated it so I have brentfeesh to thank for the trade! Pours a ruby dark red with a fluffy lasting head that laces extremely well. The head is a nice amber color which is an indication of the quality of the roast on this malt. Great nose of roasted malt, cocoa, and burnt toast. This one is as good as I remember on tap... Nice biting hop that doesn’t overpower, but blends beautifully with the strong burnt maltiness. I really like this beer. Body is a little lighter than I expected for the nose and the flavor, but it certainly fits it well and it quaffs nicely. Perfect carbonation as it is solid, but not too much for the style. Reminds me of the line in the song from the cook.. "fellas, it’s been good to know ya.." I’m glad to have known this one and will have to visit Cleveland again soon to re-aquaint with the "fellas" that make this one!
presario (4649) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark mahogany with a light lasting light brown head. Rich roasted coffee aroma. Dark roasted nutty coffee flavour with a nice bitterness in the finish. Like chewing on coffee beans.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Somewhere Gordon Lightfoot is smiling... (unless he’s a recovering alcoholic). A nice, full brew that breathes chocolate and farts coffee. Thanks to fellow KISS fan pjk33 for charting a course my way for this brew. Thick and chunky on the tongue. Nice balance of bitter chocolate and coffee, with a faint sweetness that never strays too far away. A fitting brew for its namesake. Just wish the story had a happier ending.
kane (111) - USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rich beer. A strong roasted malt aroma. A medium sized tan head. Taste of coffee, chocolate, with a touch of rain fresh hops. Finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Alot of flavor for a porter, borders on stout like. A favorite.
cazort (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 After drinking many more beers I have returned to change my rating to a 5. This is simply my favorite beer and I cannot rate it any other way. This beer is unlike any other. Aroma is very strong, and complex: initially a dark bitter vanilla, then a rich roasted malt. Extremely bitter. Very hoppy, very roasted. It has been one of my favourite beers since I first tried it, definitely my favourite porter, and has my favourite aroma of any beer. But it’s not for everyone: this is an extreme beer; it packs a punch and can come across as a bit coarse, unrefined, or too powerful. However, I want to emphasize that it is precisely this coarse and unrefined quality that I love about this beer. It tastes raw, uncontrollable, bizarre, overpowering...and yet somehow oddly comforting, wholesome, and heartwarming all at the same time. This is one beer that tastes twice as good on tap. In the bottle, the roasted quality overpowers the rest of the beer; on tap, much more complex and balanced, I would recommend for everyone to try this beer...it certainly is not going to be liked by everyone, but those who like it really seem to love it.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is well balanced between coffe and chocolate. Taste leans more towards the chocolate with some extra sweetness, almost sugary. Finishes with a sweet aftertaste.