cazort (551) - 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.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Body is black, thin tan head. Aroma is Chocolate, dried fruit, and a light background of coffee. A very refreshing Porter, Lawnmower Porter by any chance. Light chocolate, with a smooth body, and and plesant roasted malt body.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Pours pitch black with slight tan head, awesome coffee with very dark chocolate and roasted malts to it with a good amount of hops to it.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Let me start by saying that generally this is a very easy beverage to enjoy. It was lite for a porter, I think, but another wonderful brew from GLBC! On to the specifics of my 2004 Edmund. Pours a lovely dark brown to mahogany with some yellow hints (almost headed to amber but more yellow) at the fringe. Slightly sweet aroma that reminds me of molasses, roasted malt and perhaps some piney hops deep down. The flavor was roasted malt, slightly sweet and piney right off the bat. Moved to a smoother but bitter chocolate. Toasty at the finish. The only thing I wish is that this was slightly less carbonated. Thought it took away from the body a bit.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely inky black edged with glints of ruby, scant lacy head the color of my coffee-with-cream, rich but scintillating mouthfeel, flavors of bittersweet chocolate, after this beer, who needs dessert (although it would be good with chocolate, wonder if I have some around...)?
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is very dark brown with deep dark ruby highlights, dark as the waves that split the Fitz. Pencil width high head of tannish tight creamy foam, steady and calm, leaving port steady as she goes, no ship sinks in this stuff. Spotty stringy lace sticking some and some losing hold and sinking into the darkness from which it came.
Aroma is crispy, roasty, slightly sweet and dark burntness of malts and a faint noteable hop.
Taste sails along in roastyness, smooth at first, then the waves begin to pick up with sweet tinglyness, darkening up, a surge of bitterness through hops and ends into a light lingering smokey feel, woody, coffeeish finish. Moderately dry port to starboard, through and through. Feel is full and heavy, proudly bittering dry right on into the depths of finishing. Much like the ship, this beer sets sail but sadly never ports again. A bit disappointed in this porter being a fan of the great lake and the story of the Fitz. Was hoping for more weight and robustness. Still a very decent porter and won’t turn it down for nothing.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.29.04 12oz bottle thanks to bkelley68. Finally, a beer that pours like liquid black amethyst: black on the outside appearance, but held to light glows black and purple and red. Beautiful, and with ample tan head that lingers thoughout. Aroma is richly choco-coffee, the usual for a good porter. But the flavor is anything but usual. Thinner body is sharply hopped and sharply roasty for a real nice bite from front to back. Easy going dark choco and coffee malts across the middle lend support and balance. Some raisin. Solid porter, thanks Brian!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 The pour is near opaque - with a mahogany tint breaking through on the outside of glass. Thick white head grasps the interior rim of the glass and stays there as the beer is consumed. Aroma of chocolate-covered raisens. Nice malt balance with a slight hoppy kick to the taste buds. Semi-sweet chocolate finish makes this Porter top notch.
Gorbalev (2974) - 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!