TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours near black with reddish hues and a massive foamy tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, toasted malts, Taste is dark bread and chocolate. Not a whole lot of roastiness, not to the extent of tasting like coffee. The oatmeal helps to soften the roast malts, but it is not very noticable. The finish is bewildering. Spicy, resinous hops leave me questioning the nature of beer itself.
Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. A bit thin compared to most porters, but it doesn’t detract from the overall package.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours like a coke with no head and pour lacing. Full malty sweet aroma of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of fig. The flavor is decent, has a good grassy hop balance to the sweet malty taste. But this beer is just way too weak and tastes watered down. Very thin palate - it’s like this is a light porter.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, nearly black. Very small white head that disappeared quickly. Predictable coffee and chocolate aroma accented by caramel. Smooth feel. Malty, but not overly so, and well balanced with the hops. Slight coffee after bite. Oatmeal flavor came out as it warmed a little. I gotta say, we make some tasty porters here in NC.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Brown/black pour, medium, short lasting brownish head. Roasted malt nose with little hop aroma evidnet. Feels a little on the thin side. Coffee flavoe with and underpinning of malty sweetness that is quickly overtaken by spicy/piney, and bitter hops. Dry finish. A good, but not great, porter.
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark brown, with an off0white head that dissipated quickly, leaving little lace. The aroma was malty, with chocolate notes, and the flavor was about the same. A little bit of hops in the finish. The oatmeal comes through a bit in the palate. Overall, I’ve had better porters, but it was certainly drinkable. The price was a bit much for what you get in return, though.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Jet black in color with a nice tan head that was a little fizzy for a porter. Milk chocolate/caramel nose with a hint of hops. The flavor was roasted, chocolate, caramel with a hoppy balance. Light bitterness and a light chocolate aftertaste. Medium body.
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good dark beer. Very malty with a sweet smoothness that’s not oppressive. Not very hoppy at all. Full thick body.
reedcd2 (47) - USA - OCT 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this beer has a nice, thick and smooth taste. pours very dark with a gentle head. nice smokey after taste.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and fruit. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate chip cookie dough.
PorterPounder (6529) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 Rerate Must have had an old bottle last time around - much more chocolate flavor, aroma more pleasant with some creamy chocolate, mouthfeel missing that metallic feel. Original 2.9 Jax Beer and Wine, Atlanta, Ga - 12 oz bottle. Dark purple fading to black pour with a mocha colored head, thin, but long lasting. Not much of an aroma, perhaps a touch of fresh lake water, some school paste (the kind you ate as a kid). Flavor has some brief chocolate notes, some milkiness. Decent lacticity, medium thick mouthfeel. Tastes slightly metallic in the finish. Had worse.