argo0 (12294) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black body with creamy medium head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, nutty, light cherry. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, nutty and roasty, some coffee. Finish is mild, with minimal coffee bitterness. Medium-full body, quite rich for a porter. Really a delightful beer.
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, caramel, chocolate), moderately hoppy (resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. Whooo, this is one sour monkey, this one. Not acetic, mind you, so I don't think this is off...just...I dunno, way too much black patent malt? Plus lotsa high-alpha hops? Undrinkable for yours truly, either way.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via Clark and served in a tulip:
Pours a very deep brown with a small but lasting tan head which has very nice lace.
The aroma is that of roasted, chocolate, and biscuity malts with additional notes of coffee, plum, walnut, and a touch of earthy yeast esters.
The flavor profile is in line with the nose with a lot of malty mocha character upfront support by dark and twagy fruit. The finish has notable coffee and bitterness leading to a dry mouthfeel.
Standard porter palate, fizzy and lively, nutty and yeasty dryness.
A solid overall porter, very quaffable.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head that turns tan as the beer settles out. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, pepper. Tastes slightly bitter with some nice roasty qualities. Some fruit and chocolate are present as well.
TheBeerGod (5593) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to argo0 for bringing this! This black beauty has a small dark brown head and a reddish hue along the edges. Nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. There is some obvious hop aroma as well. Taste is more of the same. Definite roasted malt and coffee along with some sweetness. Body is a tad bit thin but the flavor is rich enough to make up for it. Another great beer!
kramer (5393) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via ClarkVV. Black pour with chestnut highlights and a small, fizzy, short lived brown head. Rich chocolate malt nose with some roast and touches of alcohol and yeast. Flavor is full with lots of chocolate malt up front. Finish leans toward the roasty side with some yeast. Moderate bitterness mid swallow that fades to a dry finish. Medium bodied with lively, but fine carbonation. Texture is oily with a slightly cloying finish. A nice traditional Porter. Full flavored with good body, worth seeking out.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, dark malts, light roasting, and light coffee. Poured dark brown in color with a small to medium-sized, dense, creamy, oatmeal-brown colored head that lasted throughout. Almost opaque. Full of small and medium-sized particles. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, soy sauce, a bit of piney hops, and some coffee. Medium body. Slightly thin, chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Dull, roasted malt finish.
thornecb (4871) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany into a shaker. Mocha medium sized head has excellent retention. Roasted chocolate and espresso aromas. Upfront creamy mocha with a slightly thin espresso finish.
CapFlu (4818) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a quick-dissipating, beige head and an opaque body. Nose of cocoa, coffee with horse blanket. Strong choocolae, slight coffee flavour with a gritty texture. Nose falls-off quickly. Very good.
ClarkVV (4341) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 2003 bottle. Light barley malt aroma. Maybe a little chocolate, dry and bitter though if it is. Deep chocolate color. Small burnt umber head. When I poured it it had that black chalky color similar to youngs chocolate stout, so I was expecting chocolate. I wasnt disappointed. Nice even roasty malt flavor. Ends with a chocolate flavor that lingers. Didnt see as much caramel flavor, but the mocha/espresso flavor more than made up for it. At first I was a bit disappointed by the only medium body, but after drinking more, I think I am beginning to get a taste for these more traditional porters (ligher body). A good beer, and probably one that will grow on me. Rerate. It’s growing on me! Still love the smooth even understated yet sensual chocolate malt flavor that is apparent throughout. Beer just comes together so nicely. Didnt have problems with the body this time. Still a lighter bodied porter, but just tastes incredible.
2004 bottle The level of filtration and bottle conditioning seems to be decreasing, or maybe my six pack just didnt have as much in it. Anyways, still has plenty of sweet chocolate malt, good brown malts and a touch of sweet mocha, but everything seems a little too sweet and simple to be truly top notch. Ends with some decent bitterness, but nothing like the Dark Ale. Low hops profile is a major plus though.