Oakes (13931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark chestnut brown colour. Not much head. Aroma is light, a little dusty, with notes of nuts, cheap coffee, and multigrain toast. Flavour has some roasty astringency, lots of toast and nut. Body is a little thin, not uncommon in old-school porters. What I miss, though, as old-school porter seems to be what they’re aiming for, is a little bit of fruitiness that the best examples display. This is lager-clean. I could also do with a chewier finish - this beer’s finish is roasty dry.
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle as Porter 68. Nice aroma of roasted/toasted malt with chocolate notes. Very dark mahogany color with a tan head that was reluctanct to stay. Medium body with creamy fizzy carbonation. The flavor is darkly toasted malt with cocoa hints. Very dry. Seems to be hop bitter at the finish. It’s a strongly flavored porter. Nothing is spectacular, but it’s a good choice when reaching for a porter.
Tmoney99 (12408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown with an average frothy light brown head that was lasting with fair lacing. Moderate roasted coffee nutty aroma. Medium to full body. Balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of an average duration. Drinkable porter.
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown ale with bubbly off-white head. Lightly skunky lager aroma. Surprise! Their is actually a decent nuttyness to the malt, lightly roasted with nice bitterness in finish. Medium bodied, light for a porter, rich for a sleeman! Oh well...I tried it.
hopdog (10266) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2004 (23/9/04) Vintage. Clear bottle. Poured a dark brown with a larger sized (4 finger) tan head. Aromas of light vanilla, light chocolate and some caramel. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Some nutiness came out as I drank it. Has a somewhat of a sour finish to it (bordering on bitter but turns to a sourness). Thin and watery body. Some lacing left on the glass.
Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
strong carbonation. Lagerish body with porter flavour, welcome but of bitterness. Not thin but on weak flavour for style. Quaffable. Blackish with some head, mollasses aroma.
leaparsons (9106) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are light roast malts with chocolate, weetabix and cocoa powder. Flavours are sweet coffee with lots of maltiness and sweet chocolate. Spicy towards the finish with a dry aftertaste. Not bad.
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 December 2005 Bottle. Very dark brown, almost black body with a small beige head and decent lacing. Aroma has strong notes of licorice and anise. Flavour has plent of dark malt up front, and is malty sweet with a dry undercurrent throughout. Notes of licorice candy, molasses and spruce. Bottle from NSLC in Halifax. Average palate. Pleasant, better than last years but lacks a clear vision of what it wants to be. 6-7/3/7/3/13-14<P>
November 2004 Bottle. Pours a very dark ruby tinged brown boy with a bit beige head, and leaves some rather fetching lacing on the glass. Aroma is mildly metallic, with some agoraphobic notes of licorice and chocolate malt peaking out. Flavour is slightly bitter over some sweet malt. Something that aspires to be roastiness but doesn’t quite make it lingers on in the aftertaste. Very slight dry ashen sourness in the finish. Palate is medium bodied but I would like more for this style. Suprisingly good. Thanks for the bottle Tupalev. 6/4/6/3/14
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown colour with a nice thick lasting tan head. Sticky lacing. Caramel aroma, a hint of chocolate. Flavour shows sweetness on the front, toasted barley and a long bitter finish. Not a great example, but I’ve had worse.
3fourths (8800) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Has the appearance more of a brown ale than a porter, but that’s not such a big deal. At first it almost smells like some skunky bottle, but then it turns into a plasticy brown sugar aroma with some really sweet cola notes as well. Moderate thickness and texture, not too thin, not that thick... very light flavors: maple and vanilla, some gritty, earthy brown-ale malt flavors, finishing with an oversweet maple and candy-like sugar coating on the mouth. Can’t say I enjoyed this one that much.