TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark with very little head....reminds me of espresso. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and something else "I can’t quite put my finger on."
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours very dark brown with orange highlights. it’s topped with a thin cocoa head that quickly disappears to nothing. aromas of bittersweet chocolate, roasty malts, dark dried fruits and a lacto character. flavor is a bit of...caramel, grassy hops, wood, ashy roasted malts, smoky acidity and chocolate. i say a bit because it doesn’t really have much in the flavor department and nothing really stands out. coffee is present in the aftertaste with some chocolate. thin bodied with low carbonation. i thought it would develop as it warmed but just disappointed. cold or warm this beer is meh.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body with a tiny beige head-fading. The nose is sweet with licorice, grapefruit, molasses and chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter with chocolate, roast and licorice. Medium body is very soft with moderate carbonation.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
purchased at world market in silverdale, washington.
pour is jet black, all most no head whatsoever, but it does have a bit of tan lacing.
smell is faint, sweet, cocoa, brown sugar, touch of caramel, rustiness.
taste is on the watery side, milk chocolate, roasted almonds, not as bitter as i like, a little oily on the back-end, sweetness.
Ibrew2or3 (7415) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours deep and dark with thin mocha head. The aroma is sweet and sugary, molasses, sugared prunes, some mild cleaning chemicals and more prunes. No hint of burnt malts in the nose that most porters seem to have. The flavor does have a nice burnt malt note right from the start. Then the taste moves more sweet with molasses, prunes, brown sugar and mild chocolate.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a clear, medium cola color; thin, light tan head. Lots of chocolate and caramel in the aroma; roasted and watery. Watery, face-puckering mouthfeel: some chocolate and caramel, but very bitter, watery, and off; just kind of gross and dusty; maybe not infected, but not good. Medium, dry cocoa and dusty finish. Basically made me flinch at each sip.
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Clear very dark brown body with minimal head. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, fairly mild. Taste is medium sweet, roast, some coffee, light burnt, molasses. Light-medium body, watery with minimal carbonation.
Stine (1646) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 22 oz. Fairly thin sienna brown shade. Aroma of caramelized brown and white sugars, with hazelnut latte and other sweet nuts. Bland and average flavor is very minimal, though balanced with notes of lactose, dry walnut, diet cola acridity, and bitter chocolate. Thin in the mouth, distantly tangy with a strange bite. Light and underdone, though not outrightly offensive, it leaves almost everything to be desired. Thanks for sharing, Aaron!
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Growler courtesy of Degarth. I’m going to assume something went very wrong somewhere along the way with this beer. Pours a dark brown body, small fading brown head. Nose is almost all soap powder, very obvious and very disturbing. After that I do get some malts, prunes, raisins and roasted notes, but really, it smells like Tide. There’s no two ways about it. Unfortunately it tastes even more like Tide. This is not good. Why am I still drinking this? Some licorice also and roasty notes, but this is a lost cause. Thin mouthfeel, lengthy Tide finish. Offensive and an utter disaster. I’m going to assume a bad bottle, at least I hope it was.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Upon its release from the 22 ounce brown bottle, it resides in the glass a deep brown with hints of ruby at the edges, the head is a couple or three fingers in size, creamy dark tan and after is demise leaves a surrounding coat of lace upon the glass. Nose is steeped with roasted grain, somewhat sweet and a nice hint of the hops, delightful I’d say. Start has a good malt presence, sweet with a hint of bitterness and a pleasing to the palate wheat toast flavor. Finish is nicely hopped, moderately acidic with the sweetness and the touch of bitterness to the end, somewhat dry, and a fine porter in its own right.