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 (3000) - 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!
jercraigs (9849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 June 2007. Draft at the brewpub. Black body, with a decent sized tan head. Sweet mocha roast in the aroma (8+) and again in the flavour where is is moderately bitter. Coffee bean notes are cumulative, increasing as the glass goes on. Pleasant mild mocha roast lingers long into the finish and aftertaste. Creamy smooth average palate is undercarbonated, and might be more full bodied otherwise. (3 to 3+)
8+/4/8/3+/16-17 - 4.0
<P>December 2004. Bottle. Brown/ruby tinged black body with a moderate beige head. Very nice aroma of dark chocolate and a touch of roast. Flavour is dryer than the aroma with a nice roasty bitterness. Fair bit of hop character and bitterness melding with the roast. Nice full bodied. Thanks for the bottle Gunny. 8/4/7/4/17 - 4.0
SpringsLicker (3458) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep garnet with a thick off white head.
Roast malt aroma with caramel.
The roasted malt flavor remind me of unbuttered toast.
Medium body with a dry finish.
Good brew and a nice change of pace.
Papesd (2) - waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
29 years to the day, the Fitz went down.
An excellent porter. Coffee and chocolate.
It’s boldness reminds me of the stormy seas the day she went down.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet coffee and chocolate nose, some milkiness. Hops are present but well balanced (and in the back) Marvelous roast gives way to vanilla, crisp dark malt, cherry. Sweet milk chocolate/coffee/hop finish.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 dark brown pour with a subtle porter aroma...roasted coffee and chocolate smell...great taste...hints of roasted coffee and chocolate also; nothing too special, but a good porter nonetheless
RONCOD (238) - Uledi, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark color. It pours a nice creamy head. Very tasty with a nice chocolate coffee taste.