Gorbalev (2937) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 Tried this again on tap at Goodbar in Buffalo. Took my aroma rating down a bit, as it was pronounced enough for an 8, but still quite nice. I found the taste even better than in the bottle, the roast really comes out here with tons of chocolate to back it up. It looks great, and is a very complex tasty brew. Would be a winter staple if I could get it more often - very nice, and bumped up a bit in taste and overall from my original rating.Original 8/4/8/4/16
Bottle graciously shared by jercraigs. Black pour, ruby red hues. White head. Lots of roasted notes in aroma, with a huge hit of chocolate as well. And quite hoppy. Flavour is very chocolaty as well, with more roasted bitterness coming through. I thought this was pretty thick and robust for a porter, I would have thought it was a stout, but what do I know? This is a fantastic beer we can all agree!
jercraigs (7934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 June 2007. Draft at the brewpub. Black body, with a decent sized tan head. Sweet mocha roast in the aroma (8+) and again in the flavour where is is moderately bitter. Coffee bean notes are cumulative, increasing as the glass goes on. Pleasant mild mocha roast lingers long into the finish and aftertaste. Creamy smooth average palate is undercarbonated, and might be more full bodied otherwise. (3 to 3+)
8+/4/8/3+/16-17 - 4.0
<P>December 2004. Bottle. Brown/ruby tinged black body with a moderate beige head. Very nice aroma of dark chocolate and a touch of roast. Flavour is dryer than the aroma with a nice roasty bitterness. Fair bit of hop character and bitterness melding with the roast. Nice full bodied. Thanks for the bottle Gunny. 8/4/7/4/17 - 4.0
SpringsLicker (3158) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep garnet with a thick off white head.
Roast malt aroma with caramel.
The roasted malt flavor remind me of unbuttered toast.
Medium body with a dry finish.
Good brew and a nice change of pace.
Papesd (2) - waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
29 years to the day, the Fitz went down.
An excellent porter. Coffee and chocolate.
It’s boldness reminds me of the stormy seas the day she went down.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet coffee and chocolate nose, some milkiness. Hops are present but well balanced (and in the back) Marvelous roast gives way to vanilla, crisp dark malt, cherry. Sweet milk chocolate/coffee/hop finish.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 dark brown pour with a subtle porter aroma...roasted coffee and chocolate smell...great taste...hints of roasted coffee and chocolate also; nothing too special, but a good porter nonetheless
RONCOD (219) - Uledi, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark color. It pours a nice creamy head. Very tasty with a nice chocolate coffee taste.
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasing, not overpowering aroma. Nice dark color. Creamy head to go along with the rich creamy brew to follow. Not overboard on the coffee flavor either which can happen with these types. Overall very good.
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 Tried this at the Boneyard in Cleveland. Absolutly beautiful beer. Big thick creamy head that lasted right to the end of the glass. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy. There was a very distinct flavor that I couldn’t really pin down. It was a good flavor that I very much enjoyed. There were also the standard chocolate and coffee flavors. A very beautiful and delicious porter.
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nice and dark. Nose is coffee and hops. Mouthfeel is very thick. Any thicker and I would have to chew it. No real strong flavors, just a watery malty weak coffee.