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 theyíd 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 itís 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 (2514) - 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?
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured a nice dark brown, almost black color. Had a descent light tan head. Aroma had elements of coffee and malt. The taste also had malt and coffee with some chocolate. A little lighter then most other porters I have had, but still a good beer. Had on tap.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
a nice porter done how they should be. dark color. with a dark tan head that stays with it. roasty and a bit of a hoppy finish. re-rate had these on tap and it was delicious nice full body and head.
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting porter. Quite enjoyable and easily drinkable!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the finest American Porters. Extremely malty with hits of toffee, chocolate, and a big hop prescence to boot.
jazz88 (2542) - 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 (3034) - 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 (1492) - 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 (634) - 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.