thedm (5355) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 126. This draft brew was sampled at the brewery resturant in Fort Myers Florida. This brew poured a large head of fine to large sized long lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a semi-transparent brown colored uncarbonated body and a fair lace. It had a nice brown malt mollasses aroma and a mouthfeel that contained a mild brown malt hop bite but was otherwise smooth and thin. It had a very nice brown malt caramel flavor with no coffee notes.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nothing spectacular but nonetheless enjoyable. Deep brown in color with a sweet nose and palate.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent dark ale. Porteresque actually. Dark brown. Aroma is light and somewhat malty. Flavor is ligtly sweet somewhat bitter in the finish. Not a bad brew. Watery texture thoiugh as were all of these Hops family brews.
Shag (2765) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My favorite beer from this restaurant/beer chain. A dark appearance with a generous head. Flavor is slightly bitter with some chocolate and coffee like porter qualities coming through. I personally believe this to be more of a porter than an American Dark. Its better than most in the American Dark classification. But overall its a decent "stout" and this brewery loves to make all thier beers a little too sweet.
brownaler (479) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yes, this is definately a porter, and a quite decent one too. This bar is definatly not for experinced beer drink as the waitress was clueless when I asked if they had a porter.
UNCCTF (514) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Charlotte, NC - University Location. This was advertised as a porter and, contrary to what others have said, I believe it! Very chocolately aroma and flavor, with nice balancing hops in the back. Probably Hops' best offering that I have tried.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I knew I was in trouble when the barmaid, when asked to describe their dark ale, told me "It's like Guiness and Newcastle." When I pointed out that these were really nothing alike, she was confused. Color was OK--very dark brown. A melange of burnt malt, hops, and old dishwater. Yuck.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Gainesville FLA: Dark brown hue with good head and lace. Aroma hints of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, berry fruits, barnyard, and wood. Big chocolate taste, round and creamy. A nice twangy hop presence midway through. Nice smooth bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied, soft mouthfeel. Yummy, the best beer here. Borders on being a porter. Recommended.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yummy, An espresso among beers. Rich and smooth, medium to full-bodied, finish is bittersweet and nutty, has complexities that could fit it into a couple of different categories.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty good dark brew. Good coffee flavor and smooth finish. Not much head to speak of, but good lacing when the glass is clean.