KenB148899 (10) - Island Heights, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2002
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not the kind of porter I’m used to.There was no head to be seen,and a kind of burnt chocolate flavor killed any chance of a good finish.
ChainGangGuy (4230) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Join me, as I enjoy a Taste of History!
Appearance: Cautiously poured a very dark-brown body with no real head formation, just some bubbles, a few there, and light beige in color.
Smell: Lightly scented brew these days, just hinting of dark chocolate, some distant plum, a hint of alcohol.
Taste: Chocolate malts, some expired toast, and sweetness mingled with some oxidative cardboard tones. Slight black licorice jellybean. Dark fruitiness and a subtle sourness. Some roastiness and smoke remains, a bit of alcoholic warmth lingers on.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very, very little remaining carbonation (almost none, really).
Overall: This had been another installment of... a Taste of History!
marcus (5608) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by IrishBoy. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a rich chocolate and plum flavor with a slight sourness, perhaps from the aging. Very nice.
bhensonb (9823) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by IrishBoy. Pours dark brown with a transient tan head. Aromas of slightly sour dark fruits and chocolate with dark malt. Full bodied. Flavor is pretty much the aroma. It’s extremely delicious. Aged marvelously.
zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle shared at 5000 tasting - sour darkness, chocolate, a touch of bile. Bready malts, grass and some must, some wine. Some oxidation, but this held up surprisingly well anyway.
italarican (1142) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously shared during RBSG. Dark pour. Aroma is smoky with a thick dark chocolate quality. Flavor is full of dark chocolate with a surprising tartness. Fizzy mouthfeel with a tart-dark chocolate finish. Unique and enjoyable.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 Heavyweight Perkuno’s Hammer Imperial Porter.
Pours a very dark chestnut brown that appears black and completely opaque in the glass with a thin mocha colored head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Small spots of lacing left behind.
Slightly smokey sweet malt aroma with some boozy sweetness and dark fruit notes. Roasty but not acrid smelling with hints of chocolate, molasses, licorice, oatmeal, and toast.
Slightly oxidized with a sweet, boozy dark malt flavor. Pretty smokey with hints of charcoal, burnt toast, bbq and bacon countered by bittersweet dark chocolate, boozy sweetness, toffee and oatmeal. Lingering dry finish.
Koelschtrinker (9457) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malzig-prickelnder Antrunk, zu Beginn noch recht mild. Durchgehend mittelherb, das ab dem Mittelteil durchschimmernde Malz wird im Nachgeschmack würziger und klebriger, wirkt aber auch wässrig und beschert so einen milden Abgang mit verhaltener Süße. Danke an den Doppelbock! 10/8/9/10/8/9
wedgie9 (1661) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 3/27/11 from a 12oz bottle, 2004 vintage. Pours opaque and oily black with a thick light brown head that quickly recedes to nothing more than a thin collar of lace. The nose is quite oxidized with tons of toasted hazelnut and hints of dark malt and coffee. The flavor is not quite as oxidized, but still features toasted hazelnut with more lively molasses, dark chocolate, and coffee. The body is full with lively carbonation and a long nutty and dark chocolate finish.
OldMrCrow (1618) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
’06 bottle sampled April ’11.
Dark pour with a beautiful creamy deep-tan head. Wonderful, wonderful nose. It seems strange to describe an aroma as "chewy", but this one is chewy. Cocoa powder and a hint of peat-smoke, oxidation in a good way (and at five years, what did you expect?) , molasses, plum jam. Flavor is surprisingly tart (a bit of infection?) but one quickly acclimates. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly. Some soy sauce, chewy plum pudding, Swiss milk chocolate, chocolate toffee. Fascinating beer now; like Solan’s mom I would have loved to have tried it in its youth.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the double 5k tasting. Pours a deep black to brown. Oxidized malt, chewy toast and vanilla on the nose. Smells supersweet. Oxidized plum. Big chewy mouthfeel. Lots of oxidization on the finish.