blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a dark ruby-brown, almost black, with a spare diminishing foamy off-white head. Aroma is roasty, earthy and fruity with some smoke, cola and leather -- quite interesting. Very nice flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, wood and alcohol. Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. This was quite the surprise at our tasting, we had no idea it would be this good -- this is a fantastic Porter!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Never would have thought this was a porter- more of an english strong ale or something similar. Yes it does pour very dark- almost black with ruby-red highlihgts, and no head, low carbonation. Aroma really doesnt have much chocolate malt like you would expect in a porter, but rather it is dominated by a strong fruity ester profile- plums dates and raisins. Since this has been aged for over a year now, it shows some signs of oxidation including a bit of wet paper and cardboard in the aroma which mix well with the fruits. Falvor is fruity as well, with some thick caramel malts anda slight nutty, smokey and even some medicinal characteristics. Body is medium, but seems a bit weak as it warms but finishes relatively smooth. Pretty good I guess for a "strong porter" yet not anywhere near a baltic porter for sure. English strong ale!
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Poured almost black with ruby highlights, smallish tan foamy-rocky head. Syrupy overroast malt aroma, dark fruits, thickly sweet, very oily - molasses and nuts; interesting, I get the vinous character as it warms, with prune, plum and sour cherry. Taste - strongly malty and tart fruit, very thick and dark, not bitter, not overtly alcoholic, I get the leather and tobacco notes, thank you to the description for resolving that. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, sweet and acidic, with a long fruity tart overroast malt finish. Stunning. I have another bottle of this, I WILL enjoy it.
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ah, these chewy and astringent English beers, Iím not a huge fan (although, Iíll rate within style as best as possible). If you like English styles and porters, then youíll LOVE this one. Poured a dark brown with reddish edges, nice initial head, and pretty good lacing all the way down. Flavors were complex and changed as it warmed during consumption. Definite dark fruit influence, nutty, light roasted/smoke flavors (tobacco works for me), and then molasses. Pretty tasty, but that chewy mouthfeel and slight acidic and astringent mouthfeel, I just long for a complete fermentation here, conversion of all that wasted malty stuff left behind. Oh well, an enjoyable brew, but it has so much more potential.
Ratman197 (10196) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle poured a clear dark mahogany with a small dissapating brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, light coffee, hints of plum and vanilla. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, plum, light smoke and hints of tobbaco with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was really quite surprised to see that this beer is listed as a porter. Lovely reddish-brown body with a sweet, roasty nose, my first that was rauchbier. Guess not. Leaving aside its official designation, this is a fine English ale thatís heavy on roastiness.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brownish red color with not much of a head at all. Smells malty, sweet, fruity, and roasted. Taste is very similar, but it is almost like they took a weak version of Harvest ale and weakened it some, and threw some roasted malts in to make it different. This was one that I had to choke down for the first few ounces, then it came to me. Beer becomes much more drinkable the more it is consumed, however it is initially way too sweet. This could be considered more of an after dinner drink than a porter. Not bad, just not the best porter I have had by any stretch of the imagination.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. Flavors are dry, roasted malt with a slight hop finish. The aroma is musty and malty. Surprising light on the tongue but very enjoyable.
zach8270 (3582) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Nice dark brown pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Aroma is loaded with roasted and toasted chocolate malts, some alcohol, and some hops. Didnít know it was as high in alcohol as it really is. Definitely didnít taste it. Flavor begins with a roasted chocolate and malt flavor with a slight hint of dark fruits toward the middle and a nice and dry finish. Aftertaste is a little roasty and bitter. Quite a nice porter.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a foamy head and spotty lacing. Roasty and chocolate aromas with some bitter notes. Flavor of figs that is slightly vinous. Earthy and chocolate as well. Medium body finishing with notes of chocolate.