firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate malts. A light bodied porter. Malts are chocolate, coffee and sweet. Well balanced. Very chocolaty. Finishes coffee and chocolate. Nice full mouthfeel. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a dark black with a very little head and no lacing.
To me the aroma was a bit pissy but the taste was great! Roasty chocolate a bit of coffee. this was avery good tasting beer and one that I would buy again.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Bottled at brickskeller. aroma of czech christmas biscuits witha bit of asparagus, pretty strange. and maybe a bit of anchovy in the aroma too. dark brown. alas not much flavour to live up to the aroma. tastes like coconut sun lotion and ovaltine and vita brits
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown appearance, moderate head formation. Malty, chocolate milk nose, coffee and hazelnut. Smooth but thin, lightly creamy texture, chocolate hazelnut intro, sweet coffee middle and mild hoppy citric bite. Roasted coffee flavors and nutty dryness linger well. Not a bad easy drinking porter, but at 6.4% probably shouldn’t be as easy.
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear brown body with a shortlived light tan head. Aroma was nice with a mix of roasted malts and hops. Chocolate taste with a good blend of bittering hops. Went down smooth. Next time I’ll have to remember to drink it with my left hand!
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Translucent red-brown body, thin off-white head. Roasted chocolate aroma with earthy hops highlights. Unusual flavor for a porter, seemingly too light on the roasted aspect while highlighting brown sugar, caramel, and light fruit that are better-suited in an Amber Ale. Chocolate is present but light and sweet. Has a decent mouthfeel and is smooth and creamy, but this would perhaps be better placed in a "dark amber ale" category to reflect its similarity to those lighter beers.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear brown, no real head. Roasty carmel aroma that is decent. Roasty sharp carmel flavor, with a malt bite that is just too much. I think there is an over use of some of the specialty grains here (not the Chocolate). Like too much crystal or special Roast or something. The flavor just doesn’t blend well at all.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 Wasn’t impressed with this porter from left hand. i have had better. Wasn’t bad though. It had that distinct porter taste with a slight taste of coffee or chocolate. Not bad but not great either.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep roasted malt. Alcohol, some chocolate in the nose. Nice cocolate flavor with creeping malt. A little bitter coffee. Smooth, long finish
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma was filled with the smell of freshly brewed java. It poured with a medium head and a deep, dark body. The taste was pleasant, unique--almost a sweet, cola taste with hints of coffee.