DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
had a bottle of this at my bro Dubbie’s house. Traded for a bells tumpeters stout. This was good porter, not as good as bells. The lable makes me want to know what happened to the edmund fitzgerald.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 On tap GABF '02: Big chocolate aroma, creamy mouthfeel, brownish black in color, with a mellow but nice malt taste.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loads of roasted malt in the nose. Nice chocolate color with an off-white head. The flavor is defined by caramel characteristics (I thought much more so than chocolate). Good hop bite to counterbalance the malt ... but still leans towards the malt. A great brew.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark choclate bitterness, medium bodied, not too thick. Roasty tasting. Good anytime.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bittersweet and creamy; nice smooth porter. RERATE 9/02: Had this on tap a couple times in the last week, and I have to bump it up a bit; wonderful hoppiness that reminds me of Storm King, with a sort of tobacco note that works really well. Yum.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoa nellie! An outstandingly flavorful beer for any time of the year. Middle of the road in body, perfectly befitting style. Nice lasting head. Roasty and super-duper chocolate malt (my one major complaint is the choc malt takes so much of center stage in the aroma that you can’t get alot else). Real good hop bite in the flavor helps straighten you out. Everyday beer, challanging as hell, winter or summer. Mine was a wee bit stale (freshness date in April 02, I believe) yet still quite good.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good beer - quality ingredients lead to strong and distinct wheat muffin and coffee flavors. If I liked such fare, and if I liked porters much, this would get really high marks from me. But the flavours, especially the bitters, get too much and I end up thinking, great beer, just not great for brownalegirl.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The chocolate seemed to much. I enjoyed this, but quickly went back to the burning river.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drinking this toasty brew, I think of the brave sailors aboard the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald back in 1975, not knowing that they’d failed to batten down the hatches as their ship slipped lower and lower into the roiling waves of Lake Superior. Very sad. Saw a History Channel bit on it. Come to think of it, all that has NOTHING to do with this beer, but it’s still a damn good story. The beer is a bit bitter up front, not all that thick for a porter, and rather roasty/toasty.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Very dark red-brown; not totally opaque. Good tan head. Strong rich roasted flavor, and a reminiscience of iced coffee. Very smooth. A dry stout?