jtw (1085) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle bought from beers of the world in rochester, NY. surprisingly thin and reddish for a porter, with only slight notes of dark chocolate malt and some dusty hops to distinguish it from a plain old regular ale at typical watering hole. definitely does not belong in the upper echelon of porters but certainly a drinkable beer.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery tasting room. 5 oz. glass. Clear amber brown in the glass with a darkish tan head that diminishes to a dusting. Ths oneís dark, but obviously transparent; it belies a lighter body. Marble candy aroma with some vague chocolate notes was soft. Definitely an English style brown porter in the taste palate: nutty like a mofo with some roast coming on weakly in the finish, which dries and then intensifies after a few seconds. The carbonation was soft and fizzy, and filled the mouth at first sip. Flavor was a good intensity, and finish was very nice, but overall this seemed a bit weak and watery, which in turn made it seem unbalanced. Itís probably just my bias for imperial and baltic style porters talking.
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance:Clear brown,good brown head....
sfontain (793) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark, golden brown with a small, quickly disappearing light tan head; the head actually forms spirals depending how you pour the beer. Aroma is light for a porter; malt, roast, chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and a light, airy, fruity smell. Taste is mostly chocolate; barely some alcohol warmth and vanilla; not much else going on. Medium body; slightly sticky; highly carbonated. Finishing this, my fifth Left Hand beer, I have to say Iím not overly impressed by this brewery.
SpringsLicker (3119) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear brown with lots of red highlights under a frothy head.
Doughy chocolate aroma.
The flavor is sweet overall with a few chocolate notes int he finish. A bit thin. Average.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. a brown color but I can see the bottom of my glass and thereís not much head. flavor is extremely mild for a porter. not much here to write about.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish-burgundy color. Light aroma with hints of brown sugar and chocolate/toast, light berry. Flavor is dry, very yeasty, earthy, full of cocoa, chocolate and roast flavors. Body is light.
jgentgesdo (665) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown, translucent, tan head. Nose is sweet and malty with mild underlying roasted flavors. Sweet but well balanced flavor with some cream and chocolate, goes down easy. Not sure if this is a typical porter but itís pretty good.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jeffin7, thanks Jeff!) Letís start with the bottom line here. You better like chocolate malt. The nose is sweet and very chocolaty, almost like a candy bar. And ooh yeah, the flavor mirrors the nose, but is even sweeter. The beer description states that the slight sweetness quickly yields to roastiness, but that sounds like marketing to me. The sweetness is far from "slight" and it wouldnít yield for an oncoming bullet train. Whatís slight is the roastiness that comes out in the finish. Mind you, I enjoy sweet, malty beers, so even though this is pretty one-dimensional to me, I still like this beer a lot. Medium body doesnít do much for the palate. Medium brown in color, fully clear in appearance. Light tan head pours an average size and fades away to a halo. There is some lacing on the glass, mostly just a single rim at the top of the glass from the initial pour, and a few sporadic dots of lace scattered below the rim. Pretty simple porter, not really a good example of the style, but still very enjoyable.
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice brown, with a touch of red. Light chocolate malt nose. Roasted chocolate malt taste. Not too bad.