Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 Greater than the sum of its parts. This is my introduction to the Great Lakes line, and I don't know if they can top this. Hints of coffee and somewhat dry, consistently good flavor throughout.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with hints of ruby and copper in it. Nice off white head. HUGE roasted aroma with hints of coffee and subtle traces of chocolate. Huge coffee taste with notes of chocolate, its just enough to attempt to balance the bitter roastiness, assertive in everyway. Not the greatest balance but a fun one to drink.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One great Porter!!!
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bottle of this was my introduction to Porters. This brew has a dark brown body with an average mostly diminishing rocky head the color of brown sugar with fair lacing. The nose is malty with hints of cookie and coffee, and slightly yeasty. The initial flavor is light to moderatly bitter with a slightly sour middle and a complex finish that is moderate to heavily bitter with a slight acidity and a roasted coffeelike quality. The finish duration was long. The brew has a medium to full body with a thick dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall a nice brew, especially for the winter months.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany with a thin but tight light tan head. Light carbonation. Hoppy aroma with light roasted malts and some wet cardboard. Nice thick body, light roastedness and a mild burnt caramel sweetness. Fading hop flavor, but it does leave good hop burps. Best before date - 2/20/02. Cardboard flavor is dominant, although the malt base and body of this brew show extreme potential. A fresh brew is a must, as this would be staggeringly good.
Michael T. Rogers99 (2) - Frankenmuth, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite possibly the best Robust Porter I have ever tasted. North American Clone brew book suggests the same and has a great clone recipe.
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great darkish porter, good strong bitter taste, chocolate bubbles. Worth the price unlike many Great Lakes brews. I donít buy this as often as I should. Slightly heavy aftertaste does require a bit of water with drinking xperience, good at room temperature, almost a stout.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
medium thickness; rich. the higher than expected hops give it a nice kick at the beginning, especially if served too cold. thins out as it warms and flavors become more subtle. fairly decent porter.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color, coffee and chocolate flavor, nice beer.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black color; deep tan head with great lace; hit of alcohol in the aroma. Very thin on the palate kept this porter from working. Needs some body to carry off the alcohol.