jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. A dark roasted chocolate-coffee flavor but well balanced. A little thin on the palate.
aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, deep black color. Very dark. Good tan head that leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little mild, and you pick up citric hops over the rich malt aromas. The taste starts off rich, with a coffee-like (not as much as some others, but still there) and caramel/toffee mix of the malts. This is lightened up a bit by the ample hops. The beer is surprisingly light and drinkable despite the richness of the flavor. An easy drinking example of a porter thatís basically a stout light.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
suprisingly nice hop presence to this beer. quite a creamy brew.
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glad I still had some of this still sitting around in the fridge to put to formal testing procedures someday. Iím having this right after I had a Smith oatmeal stout, and they pour and look exactly the same, whoída thunk it. That meaning, black, with a tan head that recedes to near-nothingness pretty quickly. Got a musty aroma in the bottle (sorry, my sense of smell seems to be limited enough that my best whiffs come from when the nectar is nestled in its glass cage), and little aroma detected after that. Upon getting it into my mouth, I found it surprisingly bland and stale. I remember this from previous tastings, so itís not an abberation with this bottle, Iím afraid. That makes downing one of these especially hard, considering weíre already dealing with a Porter here. I mean, I donít even know if I detect any of the stuff that other drinkers claim to get that is supposed to give it complexity. Just a predominantly woody flavor and woody feeling sitting in the gut. Not the only Porter thatís done this to me, BTW. I just remember the woodiness, primarly. You definitely get a chocolatey bite in Anchor that you donít get in this. Okay, Iíve gone on long enough, the rest isnít notable enough to comment on so Iíll leave it there.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, coffee smell. Dark brown, with a red edge, big toffee head. Roasted, bitterness of coffee, well balanced. Slight oiliness, great texture. Complex. Fantastic! Thanks Dogbrick.
Aggie80 (776) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and chocolaty. Bit of bitterness, but overall a nice porter, strong head and good lace.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a good looking beer, dark and think. The head was no thin at best. But the biggest suprise I had was the fruity finish. I like this beer.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now that Arcadia London has firmly established itself as my favorite porter, Iíve been going back and checking out past raves. This one is very good - bold with the dark malts and enough hops and toasted edges to keep it honest. Great stuff!
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great aftertaste. It is a dark beer that doesnít taste too dark. An interesting blend of ingredients. Perhaps the best beer ohio has to offer.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark color, tan head that never completely leaves. Roasted aroma. Perfect balance of roasted chocolate, coffee and hops. The carbonization is just right too. Finish is like dark chocolate.