brandons (2) - USA - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite pleased with this brew-- not overwhelming, very smooth & has all the qualities which define a great porter. Will certainly re-visit this beer in the future & also explore the rest of the Great Lakes lineup, Iím impressed.
Rib Eye (148) - USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like all Great Lakes brews, a great examle of the style. Commercial description is accurate. Fresh and chewy, though a bit heavy for my stomach. Their Eliot Ness Vienna is tops.
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with flecks of red. Head is light brown, small and mostly diminishing. Thin, very fine lacing. Roasted coffee aroma with some molasses and a touch of smoke. Very sweet flavor, with subtle roasty bitterness - the sweetness is really king here. Bittersweet finish is where the chocolate malts, marshmallows, and roasted nuts really pop. Full bodied with a medium-to-high carbonation level that is a little higher than I usually like, but seems to work with this particular porter.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
near black with clear ruby red hints, tight tan head. aroma of chocolate milk, coffee crisp bars, raisin, and mild molasses. silky smooth mouthfeel. flavours of coffee, wood, mild smoke and tart fruit. cocoa and riasiny finish. excellent.
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red brown with a big tan head disipating into a soapy lacing. Aroma is very roasty and full of chocolate and sweet brown sugar. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Clean cereal malts. Pumpernickle. mr_kimchee suggested coffee crisp chocolate bars, I would tend to agree. Mocha. Very tasty creamy finish.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour, with a small tan head. Not quite opaque, but approaching it. Roasty coffee/malt aroma. Flavor is surprisingly chocolaty, with a very coffee dominate finish. Some English hops are present in the finish, but arenít overpowering, even at the 60 IBUs they claim. Fairly dry finish. Good mouthfeel -- creamy and thick compared to most other porters Iíve had.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. From trade with OhioDad, thanks. Pours a dark brown with small tan head but not dark enough to prevent light from passing through. Aroma is of roasted barley and coffee with some caramelized sugar and molasses present. Flavor is of rich chocolate and roasted coffee with a surprising earthy hop flavor to complement the dark flavors. Bitterness is smooth and adequate for the flavor profile of this beer. Caramel sweet upfront with a moderately dry finish. Body is pretty full for a porter with a creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good porter.
omhper (20759) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black, small creamy head. Coffeeish, roasty aroma. Dry with soft mouthfeel and notes of licorice and a pleasantly bitter finish. Very elegant. Quality all the way through.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours a deep dark brown colour with a medium sized mocha head. great aroma of coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate...but itís mostly burnt coffee. full roasty body with a tingling carbonation. this is quite bitter with a lot of chocolate flavour. long bitter chocolate finish. a nice porter, too bad about that wreck though.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Scary Aaron for bringing it with him for his east coast trip. Poured a dark brown producing a nice tan head. Strong roasted flavor with the malt with some nice chocolate in there as well. Wish I could of had more than 2.