SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
head quickly disappeared. chocolate aroma. very easy drinking, somewhat subdued chocolate flavor with a sweet and sour and a little salty finish. based on how much i enjoyed this along with the style percentage this appears to be a very average porter.
ragesaq (70) - Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark brown, almost opaque with a ruby red showing through. Poured with no head and some minor lacing.
Aroma: Very light, some milk chocolate nose.
Flavor profile: Light and simple for a porter, lots of milk chocolate here, some cappicino, a little roasted malt, very clean and refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel for a porter, somewhat thin but it accompanies the flavor well making it refreshing and extremely drinkable.
This is the kind of porter I like, but its flavor profile is a little on the weak side. If the recipe was kept the same, but doubled, I would praise it as the best porter ever. Not bad as it is though.
Padron4KM (530) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear cola brown, with a fluffy tannish head. Head recedes to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing.
Aroma is light roasted malt, coffee.
Flavor starts out creamy and sweet, finishes with a nice iced coffee note.
Body is thin. short clean finish.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle at Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2004 (#3).
Clear brown body, disappearing tan head. Milk chocolate dominates the sweet, thick and creamy aroma. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate and fruity/citrusy notes. Quite sweet with a thin end.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had to buy it because of the label. Pours out a dark brown color with a decent lacing white head. It has a chocolate aroma with some roasted malts and notes of chocolate and coffee in the taste. Palate is rather thin when compared to the better porters.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark brown (but not dark enough that you couldn’t see through it) with a small off white head. Chocolate aroma. Light coffee in the taste. Some roasted malts. Thinner body.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color, with ruby tinges, and a firm, fine, crackly cream-colored head. There’s something sadly amiss in the aroma department, though: I expect bigger, bolder flavor in a robust porter, but the espresso, cocoa elements I so enjoy are being a bit shy. They’re there, but they’re awfully soft.
Mouthfeel is decent, balance is right on target for a porter, nice bitterness on the palate. Hops fade some in the finish, I could have used a bit more. Some chocolatey flavor lingers on the palate, but, again, not enough.
This one landed at #39 in Stuart A. Kallen’s 1997 book "The 50 Greatest Beers In the World" with Samuel Smith’s at 7 and Geary’s at 34. I’d have to disagree. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve been drinking a lot of Anchor Porter lately.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
not very much head on the pour. dark brown color. smells rich with coffee and chocolate essence. taste is sweet and coffee like. finishes pretty dry, but its well worth it. a pretty damn fine porter, not the best ive had, but by no means the worst.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a kind of choclate flavor. Also a dark roabust nut flavor. Very good. Has little to no head.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown. Choclatey, grainy aroma. Plenty of roast in the flavor, some milky sweetness. More graininess in the flavor, some milky sweet-sour character. Very average.