IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown, lighter brown head. Chocolaty aroma and flavor. Nice roasted malt. Full body, Somewhat dry. Very good.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this beer at the brewery. This beer is very dark in color. The taste is of chocolate and malt. It is a great compliment to a hearty meal.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great porter. It is not a sweet porter, but rather a big, somewhat dry porter. It exhibits coffee and dark chocolate aromas white a nice roasted flavor. It has a wonderful head and a dark, almost black body.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Poured a dark brown/black with a tan, long lasting head. The nose was of coffee and the taste was a chocolate/coffee/mocha confection that was really delicious. This is a GREAT porter and I would definitely buy this again.
gsmitty80 (1902) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had a few of these at my cousins wedding rehearsal. Great porter one of my favorites, just the right tones of coffee and chocolate. Wonderful porter.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 This is a perfect session porter. Extremely dark, with roasted malt, chocolate, and nicely hopped. Also a nice finish. Perhaps not the best porter out there, and not even as good as it used to be, but a fine example of the style.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was acquired in trade with jgb9348; an excellent trader that sends excellent brews. Holly mother of Fitzgerald this is a good porter! Light will not permeate this rich and creamy opaque beer, I think it’s like a black hole, it amazingly dense. It even poured a nice thick lush head. ** The aroma and flavor is of plums, coffee, bakers chocolate, figs, and cream, it’s oh so good! Heavily roasted malt is upfront, some noticeable hops; it’s bitter in the beginning but finishes with some sweetness, something reminds me of stovetop chocolate pudding that has been a bit overcooked, I love it!! Porters are fast becoming my new favorite beer style, thanks Jeremy!
flemdawg (538) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent brew. Dark, almost black, but with some ruby around the edges. Nice white head, an excellent contrast. Smell was very pleasing. The taste was great. Chochlates, coffee, and all around goodness. Almost worth the trip to Ohio, almost.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great porter. Dark ruby brown color with small head. Toasted chocolate flavor with a touch of coffee. Sweet creamy chocolate feel in the mouth. Well balanced from start to finish.Finishes etremely smooth.
ClarkVV (3928) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Begins wet and very muted. Definitely some great roasted malt and coffee flavors, but they are not able to fully show through the thinness. Not enough of it there I guess. Has a smooth mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, having a nice bitter hops finish. Good blackberry notes throughout and a medium to light body. I have heard that this beer was made with better quality in days gone by and it shows. Just needs more of everything, the potential is there, a wonderful balance and good complex chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee aroma rounded out with hops. The argument that porters should not be and were not stouts does not really hold in my mind here. This beer just dosent have enough flavor even for a porter, to put it in the very top tier. Great balance though I will reiterate. Nice dark complexion, with a bit of brownish beige head. Good berry smell. Alcohol not detectable. Wish there was sediment in the bottle.