boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Thick tan head fades very quickly. Very dark brown, opaque body. Aroma is strange: molasses, marshmallow, caramel nougat, must, graham cracker. Taste: baking chocolate, grass, pickles, sour malts. Also quite nutty with a sweet tobacco dipped in Tennessee whisky. Very heavy on the palate, full bodied. Sweet finish, long finish, pleasant and different.
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with little head. Very roasty, choclate taste. Leaves a good impression on the palate. Solid beer.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Aroma: lots of dark fruit with a prominent grapiness which also carries a light sourness, chocolate, toasted nuts, strong malt sweetness with some molasses, cream, and a light spiciness. Appearance: Dark brown in color. Light tan head was full and creamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Dark fruits come through strong again (grapes, raisins, plums), Chocolate, toasted nuts, a sweet spiceiness, cream. Finishes sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is noticeable, but helps pull everything together. Palate: Medium-full bodied and creamy. Moderate-low carbonation. Some light alcohol warming in rear of mouth. Overall: A great porter in the english tradtion, albeit with a bit more alcohol. Good flavors and a great mouthfeel really make this one nice to drink.
SSSteve (4007) - - DEC 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
black with a large brown head. lightly roasty aroma. very sugary with the consistency of maple syrup. dark caramel and roast flavors. creamy velvety mouthfeel. low carbonation. sweet and thick(like all j.w. lees beers). what a great brewery!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong malty aroma, filled also with molasses and very sweet. The mouthfeel is great - chewy and thick, meaty...Strong nuttiness in the flavor - maybe they added lots of sugar, because this is actually a very sweet porter. Heavy on the lactose. The somewhat higher alcohol content is very-well hidden. Weird finish, a bit metallic and too sweet.
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, nearly opaque, with a small ring of tan lace - quite an interesting aroma, that starts out heavily vinous, with a nearly tannic tartness, followed by mildly sweet malts and a hint of smoke - the flavor begins with a semi-dry, red wine/port-like character that is more consistent with certain barleywines than with porters - I’m liking that...a lot - some caramel and chocolate sweetness swell up from beneath that, along with some mild roasted/smoked malts - slight acidity, and a bit of coffee and tobacco near the lingering, semi-sweet finish - a bloody brilliant beer.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle. Very dark brown beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma of heavily toasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses. Great dark malt complexity. Brown sugar along with a hint of lactic tartness. Flavour also shows heavy toast, dark malt, caramel, chocolate and a heavy earthiness throughout. Warming also brings up a subtle smokiness that I’m really digging. Slightly leathery and tobaccoish as well. Beautiful brew with all the dark malts, dark fruit, dark smoke, and just a touch of tartness to balance it all.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a small off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Flavor, chocolate, fruits and some spice. Very smooth mouthfeel. Pretty solid.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Manchester Star Ale - I added this picture here on RB… I don’t know that it is the right beer… I’m putting the rating under the Porter anyhow.
Thanks to some fellow RateBeerian for sending this beer my way, many moons ago!
Beer pours a dark shade brown, nearly black, with edges of crimson. The aroma is massively juicy! Dark pit fruits radiate from the depth; plums, fig, dates, plums, apple and pears. There is an enormous chewing tobacco like fruity /spiciness that are blended into a chocolaty experience. This is a very unique experience. I haven’t had much like it… the beer reminds me of an English Barley Wine or English strong Ale.
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bello Vino, Ann Arbor. Pours a very nice dark ruby-brown with a small tan head. Great aroma, sweet and roasty, with hints of fruit and smoke. Soft, silky mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex flavour - notes of chocolate, coffee, sour cherry, tobacco, licorice and smoky malt. Amazing stuff!