Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appears black in the glass, with a small, poorly developed light tan cream. Very light malt aroma, with a hint of espresso (with cream), roast and chocolate along with a touch of charred raisins and a hint of leather. Flavor is really rich and malty, quite unique in its composition. Hints of chocolate covered plums, salty cashews and a light hint of coffee. Light in body, but with a fitting texture and a moderate hop finish. Very tasty porter, but lacking aromatically. Still though, to be drinking this in 1884...
TAR (2384) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany tinted chestnut. Quickly fleeting tan bubbles settle to a foamy collar. Saliva inducing nose of toffee pudding drizzled with caramel and topped with dates. Touch of nougat, prunes, and black licorice. Softly carbonated. Early cheek-buckling flash of dried plum acidity is cushioned by an extremely soft flavor profile of figs and fruitcake. Slight char tease is negated by rich nougat and taffy-dipped prunes, which impart more chewiness. Short-lived soggy fruitiness lessens some of the richness, but is soon lifted by a mid-burst of airiness/plastic, black pepper, and bittersweet chocolate. Quite wet, but sufficiently full. Immensely complex, with an imperceptible alcohol presence, to boot. Derives its complexity from a remarkably unique yeast character, as there’s very little emphasis on roast, and merely a pinch of chalkiness. Sweetness heightens at the finish, as a hard mineral underlay harmonizes with ghostlike whispers of toffee pudding, meaty blackstrap molasses, port, and burnt sugar. Could stand to be less sweet and plasticy, but the alcohol is well masked, the yeast character fits like a glove, and the aroma is out of this world. One of the most characterful Porters in existence. Period.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Chocolate, dark fruit aroma. Taste reminded me somewhat of Rogues black obi. Dark fuit, dryness. Good brew.
fluids (364) - USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost no head and basic blackish brown for pour. Very sweet Chocolate toffee malt taste. Very smooth and creamy with almost no hop. I have never had porter this sweet and complex in taste and aroma before.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with red highlights if you hold it to a light. Tan head recedes quickly but leaves a bit of lace. Aromas are caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and yeast. Taste is a thick, toffee and chocolate homage to sweet malt with hints of espresso, raisins, currants, prunes, dates, chocolate, and licorice. Mouthfeel is luxuriously chewy and creamy. Overall, it’s a sweet malty concoction with only a hint of hops. This is a malt-lover’s ale.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I did not notice this was from J.W.Lees. Not a huge fan of teres. Nose was chocolate, and dark fruits. The taste was chocolate and some surprise spices. I got hints of smokiness. Smooth finish and kind of watery for the ABV.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
J W Lees has some impressive brews. This wasn’t up to the standards of their Harvest Ales but it was a good drink. Dark brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma was subtle notes of chocolate, caramel, prune, seasoned pipe bowl, and orange zest. Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Flavorful but not as rich as the aroma. This was very much a traditional English porter and well done as such.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml big brown bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep espresso brown, with red highlights around the edges. Thin, fast fading tan colored head. Left a small ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass.Aromas are of sweet pipe tobacco, cigars even.Slight rum notes along with earthy hops in the background. Slightly rustic. Flavors are of roasted malts, some sweet coffee notes, and a fast fading hoppy bite. Well rounded, thin on the body for such a high ABV beer. Finished slightly sweet, but not cloying.
Ernest (5892) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Bottle.
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain, caramel), with light notes of old leather and earth, hint of cardboard.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
The aroma doesn’t rock me like it did back in 2005, but it’s still a luxurious, creamy, well-balanced beer in the mouth. Good stuff.
PorterPounder (4943) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 Marcello’s Wine Market, Baton Rouge, La. Sweet, pipe tobacco like aroma. Dark brown, fading to black with a tight off-white head. Flavor is pleasing with sweet pipe tobacco notes, some licorice and bittersweet chocolate. Delicious. The mouthfeel is just thick enough. Great find!