Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great porter. Dark ruby brown color with small head. Toasted chocolate flavor with a touch of coffee. Sweet creamy chocolate feel in the mouth. Well balanced from start to finish.Finishes etremely smooth.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Begins wet and very muted. Definitely some great roasted malt and coffee flavors, but they are not able to fully show through the thinness. Not enough of it there I guess. Has a smooth mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, having a nice bitter hops finish. Good blackberry notes throughout and a medium to light body. I have heard that this beer was made with better quality in days gone by and it shows. Just needs more of everything, the potential is there, a wonderful balance and good complex chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee aroma rounded out with hops. The argument that porters should not be and were not stouts does not really hold in my mind here. This beer just dosent have enough flavor even for a porter, to put it in the very top tier. Great balance though I will reiterate. Nice dark complexion, with a bit of brownish beige head. Good berry smell. Alcohol not detectable. Wish there was sediment in the bottle.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Rich brown, lasting head, good lace. Fresh roasty aromas, coffee and bitter chocolate. Lots of espresso flavor, a slight fruity, vinuous complexity. Balanced finish.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep rich brown color with a wonderful roasted aroma. Perfect coffee and chocolate taste, nice bittersweet aftertaste. This is another great beer from this brewery.
tmhst30 (10) - Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
They recently reformulated this beer and it lost some of it's quality. Used to be a 20/20. I remember this beer being roasty, chocolate, and damn good. The head was a deep rich brown and the aroma was satisfying. Very well done beer. Still is a very good beer but the last time I had it it was noticeably toned down.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i bought this as a joke for my father, since he was on radio watch while in the coast guard, stationed at group muskegon, mi, when the edmund fitz went down... but wow... this porter was wonderful, sweet, rich, and bold. great porter
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown hue, small head and some lacing. Medium to full-bodied. Coffee, nutty, semi-sweet chocolate, vinous aroma. Slighty fruity and roasty taste, smokey dry finish, good balance. Syrupy and soft mouthfeel. Well done brew.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think I want to try this again under more ideal conditions. It was the third session of an all-day beer festival. I, too, could have been in better condition. Still, my eyes were not shot when I judged it pulling up somewhat short of really deep dark color. It had a rich malty finish, but seemed slightly weaker up front--I have compensated here for my weakened taste buds. Slightly watery, but this isn't a stout. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew poured a medium sized head of medium sized light brown bubbles with a semi-opaque brown body. It has a mild malt aroma with the coffee flavor of a stout. It was smooth yet had a bit too much coffee for a porter. This would be better classified as a stout.
Nightoneobob (37) - USA - MAY 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foamy tan head. Not quite as dry as advertised, but somewhat dry. Roasty, coffee like flavor. Enjoyable on tap or bottled.