hotstuff (4837) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Small tan head with fair amount of lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Malt and some alcohol aroma. Coffee and malt flavor. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied porter. Definitely not one of the better porters that I have rated. Disappointing.
badgerben (4820) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a medium head. Malty aroma. Heavy malt and coffee taste. Slightly bitter. Pretty creamy. Nice porter.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Brown Coloring. Tints of Red When Held To the Light. Good Head. Chocolate Aroma, Little Burnt. Flavor is of a Very Good Porter. Some Roasts, Coffee and Chocolate...Little Thick, Creamy and Very Easy Going Down.. Not alot of Character but Decent Porter Either Way.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fully dark brown color, with slight reddish tints, under a thin tan head.
Aroma, nice and creamy, light, bit of cocoa, but perhaps a bit too less?
Taste: smoothness incarnate, light and breezy, for a dark ale. Flavors of cocoa and coffee reside on the palate, but don’t trouble the tongue too much.
Decent porter, I guess, but I was hoping for more, much more, and I have to be disappointed, especially considering the price of the bottle.
Not going to return to this one, sad to say...
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty damn black.
Interesting and intriguing nose. Whiffs of apple cider, caramel and milk chocolate.
Non aggresive and certainly not offensive but there isn’t much going on here. Front is mainly sweet and soft with some diverse earthy tones. Mid is lightly roasted coffee, some light dark fruitiness and milk chocolate. Finish has a hint of pepper, notes of grapes and a lingering dry, nutty and chocolatey presense on the palate.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grainy aroma, with bits of chocolate, resiny hops, some earthy and dusty notes as well. Medium bodied, some black malt character, not much chocolate. Molasses. Subdued hoppiness. Fine, but not particularly interesting in the long run.
Ernest (7241) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses),
with notes of sherry and tar.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Sour, somewhat boring aroma, not to my liking.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black with no head, but lace sheets that cling to the sides of my nonic. The aroma is roasted, malty, and chocolate like. The flavor starts out sweet and caramel like, with a roasted malt middle, and a bitter and slightly sour finish. The palate is very smooth and fairly rich. Overall, this is pretty good. I wish I had a nice steak to go with this.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dry and roasted aroma and flavour. Malty finish. Black, mild and soft aftertaste. Some sour notes.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! Different labelling on my bottle than shown here. This is soft and mineralized, black malt(chocolatey) to the extreme, toffeeish, sweet, very slightly bitter. A great beer - rich and creamy. Long lasting thin head. Intensely drinkable.