Oakes (12777) - 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 (11381) - 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 (10965) - 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 (10285) - 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 (9059) - 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 (8849) - 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.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A near black coloured beer with a smallish off-white coloured head. The aroma is quite thin with a little roast and some lactic qualities. The taste is alright. A little dusty chocolate and some roasted malts. Drinkable and quite safe. A little sweetness takes any gloss off this beer.
JoeMcPhee (8534) - 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.
leaparsons (8258) - 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.
3fourths (8214) - 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.