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 (382) - 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.
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Very clear brown pour that looks red when held up to the light and not much of a head. Aroma is very slight. Smells a lot like cream with a touch of chocolate in it. Flavor is slightly weak and sweet, similar to the aroma. Rather chocolaty and creamy with a slight coffee flavor at the end. Very thin for a porter. Not too bad, but Iíve definitely had better.
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
english pint / dark brown, black body with ruby highlight. big thick and frothy tan head that likes to linger and diminish in an airy and rocky fashion. milky palate. it seems thin. chocolate milk, roasty, flavor. sweet, slightly fruity.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby body with a little brown, suprisingly thin in apprearence. Head is very good looking, merengue-like, with a pale khaki color. Smells of swet chocolate and fragrant pineapple hops. Taste is medium-thin bodied but packs lots of flavor. Sweet, dark chocolate is foremost, along with a fruit dynamic that includes dates, cherries and abit of the aforementioned pineapple. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, sweet with licorice, and alcohol. Interesting choice of hops, not the typical coffee variety. Still though, too thin bodied for my kind of porter, taste is watery, too.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black Coloring with Good Head. Chocolate Aroma. Thick and Smooth Mouthfeel...Malt and Hits of Roasts Throughout...Very Decent Porter...Just Nothing New.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This porter poured surprisingly light offering only a deep amber instead of a traditional black. Formed a nice tan head that quickly dissipated. The aroma and taste was that of chocolate (being stronger) and some coffee. This is a rich and tasty beer despite the lackluster appearance.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2005 More deep ruby than black in color; pours a short head with minimal, runny lacing. In many respects this beer is more reminiscent of a milk stout; in fact Iím 85% sure they use milk sugar (if I find out they donít then I will add 4 additional Overall points for creative use of malts!). Interestingly, the aroma is quite different - very chocalately in a peaty, porter sense - totally separate from the flavor. A touch of hops in the finish. May be more like a sweet stout but not bad at all!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 10/2004. No head on this guy, not much carbonation either. Molasses and sweet coffee in the aroma, dusty chocolate malt too. Itís unfortunate that there isnít a bit more carbonation, it would help diffuse the aroma which I happen to like. Dried plums drizzled with milk chocolate along with orange zest sums up the flavor, thereís a that tart porter flavor in the finish too. Medium mouthfeel, could use some more carbonation though.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. 58.5į. Pours dark amber with a small off white head. Seems light for a porter. The smell is right, at least. Roasty aroma, with lactic? notes. The taste is malty, bordering on roastiness, a bit nutty, with some hops flavor in the background. There is a touch of lactic sourness. The mouthfeel is thin. The finish has some roastiness, some hops, and a touch of the sourness. Flavor is not too bad, but it al seems a little on the light side, maybe an introductory porter?