Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of The_Enemy via a bonus box of beer. Aroma is very nutty with some roasted coffee, piney hops, and a hint of fruit. Along with these aromas, there is something that is a little off. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and a large tan head with decent retention. Very nutty up front that fades slightly in the finish to a nice roasted coffee finish that leaves a light aftertaste. Chocolate and caramel make a light appearance in the middle.
frisbe60 (14) - Spring Green, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle. Great head, very tight, sand color. Lace all the way up the pint glass. Color is opaque. Aroma is minimal, with very slight chocolate and coffee. The flavors however are more present. You can’t miss the nut, chocolate and coffe. Can’t find the berries as Mr. Porter suggests. Still, one of the better porters out there.
deschepp (5) - USA - DEC 20, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
High fine head with neat fallout action. Very definite lacing. Rated from the bottle. Sweet subtle aroma with hint of caramel. Dark, opaque color, but with a lighter body than you may expect. Flavor builds to a strong finish.
mamabeer (39) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Strong dark chocolate and coffee flavor but not too harsh. Pours dark with a beautiful creamy tan head. Soft cabonation gives a creamy, full mouthfeel. This one is great for dessert.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thick, deep garnet/mahogany pour with a creamy, well-retained beige head. Thorough, intricate lacing followed this down. Aroma of roasty medium-strength coffee and dark chocolate. Flavors of the same, with baker’s chocolate flavor and bitterness from sip to top of finish, and roasted coffee closing it out. Smooth on the palate with just the right carbonation and some moderate bitterness. Not too complex, but exceptionally easy-drinking and quite tasty!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Brown Coloring with Sandy Ring. Coffee Roasts Aroma. Dark Chocolate and Coffee Roasts. Nice, Light Bitter Dry Aftertaste. Medium Mouthfeel. Simple but Very Enjoyable.
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance is that of melted chocolate. Strong on both chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Bitter chocolate taste. Fairly one dimensional, but tasty anyway.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly opaque dark ruby brown with big dark tan head. Dry-roast malt dominates the nose with some hints of cream, chocolate and a tiny bit of dried fruit. Flavor is a fine blend of roasted malt, coffee, sweet cream, and a touch of chocolate. Lively, creamy palate. A giant effort from tiny Lake Louie. Yet another reason to keep road-tripping to Wisconsin.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Fresh roasty aromas with some herbal hoppiness shining through. Chocolate, hazelnutty flavors with a good roasty backbone and considerable hop bitterness. A little caramel sweetness but finishes pretty dry.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tapped just for me at the brewery. Deep, hazy chocolate brown color with a deep tan head. Aroma interjects lactose qualities a la chocolate milk, some roasty elements, mocha latte and chocolate covered coffee beans. Nice, scratchy semi-sweet chocolate morsels kick off the flavor portion, segueing to an iced caramel-chocolate cappuccino. Well-balanced and a modest body, finishing with a cocoa powder aftertaste. Solid.