StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 Slight rerate after a recent tasting. Still a solid porter, but wasn’t impressed with it as much this time. Flavors seemed more muted and the body seemed less dense. Nevertheless, the newly tweaked review...
Medium to thin viscosity; deep mahogany-brown colored. Smells of roasted nuts and coffee. Tastes of bitter-sweet semi-sweet chocolate chips and crisp pine nuts. Smooth, yet bitter; complex. A good, solid porter.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I sure enjoyed this one. Pours a dark brown with nice red-copper highlights. Aroma is a nice French roast with chocolatey roasted notes. The mouthfeel is very smooth, definitely noticeable. The flavor is more light chocolate and coffee...quite complex and deliicious! Thanks Pat for this wonderful porter.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cellar Temp. Burgundy in an English pint. Gushing head. Aroma of caramel malts and nuts. Very chocolaty initially developing nicely into roasted nuts supported by a light cognac underneath. Soft mouthfeel. Finishes with balanced bitterness. Avoids the common pitfalls of being too watery or too stout like. This is a great porter.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this bottled. An outstanding dark porter. Very dark brown, somewhat cloudy, thick orange-ish head that dissipated quite slowly, very malty but somewhat muddy. Excellent.
Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ein impression vas burnt into me tasten buddys by zis bier. Rich, robust it vas, mit chust ze right hoppen for ze burnt malten balancink. I svear if Helga only zay zis "taste like bier" I vill be stranklink her till zhe dies from it.
Earlier Rating: 2/19/2005 Total Score: 3.9
Thanks to my buddy Pat for suggesting this beer (PJK33) Very nice looking porter, aroma of roasted malt, black malt flavor balanced nicely by a substancial hop bite, nice mouthfeel for a porter, Porter lovers should not miss this one.
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 (1972) - 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 (390) - 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!