Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful site setting in the glass, this deep ruby red to almost brown elixir of life, the head gargantuan
In size, creamy in texture, the color a light chocolate brown, the residual lace a thick clinging sheet. Toasted grain lots of malt and to me a sweet black walnut aroma noticed, a fine sniffer at any rate. At the front sweet, the top slender in its feel to the palate, finish has a splendid hop spiciness, the carbonation mild, with the aftertaste droughty and lingering, a fine porter.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To me this beer is more of a stout than a porter. Roasted aroma, with a pleasant chocolate-coffee taste, its a good beer no matter what you call it.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If it looks like a porter an dacts like a porter it must be a .....porter. Nicely done, a little less coffee and more chocolate would yeild higher rating.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2003 I usually have trouble distinguishing differences. More coffee? Or more chocolate? Anyway, this was more than just a dogfight between those 2 flavors. I tasted some nutmeg in there...perhaps that gave it some of the bitter edge. Was somewhat bready and a raw vanilla note detected
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolatey and coffee-like notes. Very nice, but not my scene. Not, well, beery enough.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Dogbrick for this bottle. A finally a good beer. Very roasty flavor and smell. Now this is what a porter should taste like.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Luscious bittersweet chocolate flavor with a sharp, bitter, dry finish. Rich, rroasted malt flavor. Very nice.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown appearance with a small, tight tan head. The aroma was sweet...cookie dough...chocolate...coffee. The flavor was big and full of bittersweet tones...coffee for sure...chocolate. The finish is crisp...snappy on the tongue...leaves a bitter aftertaste...very dry.
fraternie (844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth, chocolatey nose followed by spicy/hoppy finish relative to most porters. An aggressive interpretation of the style. Malt could be maybe a bit more complex ( a lot of nice roasted chocolate flavor but little sweetness). Overall warming and enjoyable.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/ruby hue,with a pillow of a tan,head.Good lacework.Bittersweet,roasty aroma.Mouthfeel is oily and thick.Soft carbonation. Rich toffeeish,roasty,coffee bean mouth lead to chocolate,hoppy finish.Some vanilla in there somewhere.Flavors are strong and the finish lingers with good balance,sweet/bitterness.Another good Great lakes product.