willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
08.16.05 12oz bottle. Dark stained walnut with no head. Well, there was a momentary uprising like a cola fizz of head that vanishes as quickly as it appears. Aroma is soft and sweet with slight roasted nuts and maple. Chocolate malts really come through in the flavor, spread on a slick of woody oils and tingly eff. This stuff sounds better than it is. Really, itís an average porter but lacking in any bitterness until itís an afterthought. The alcohol is a bit too present. Itís not a labor to drink it, but Iím glad I only got one bottle.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear medium dark red with a quickly dissipating white head and some lacing. Nice chocolate, roast and slightly buttery nose. Large chocolate notes with hints of butter, and toffee. Smooth finish. Very drinkable porter.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dark mahogany, crimson through the light, a lighter porter with tan thin head and light lacing. Nose is smoky, lightly oaky and hints of vanilla; literally: some special B, chocolate malt and dark caramel malt. The flavor is tannic, mild alcohol and a dry chocolate lingering in the mouth. The tail is lightly bitter and fruity less remeniscent of the driness.
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep forest brown with a firm creamy head. Aroma of caramel and wood. Sharp woodsy bitterness carries well with a ashen piney flavor. Quite good.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours with average fizzy light brown head that disapears to nothing. Fair lacing and clear dark amber body with hints of red. Aroma is heavy malt, cookie, molasses, caramel, nutty, coffee. Light to average hops, pine and resin. Also, some light soy sauce and pepper. Medium body with thin and oily texture. Flat carbonation. Flavor is average in duration while being moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Good stuff. Kind of light with a decent finish.
pinkzambia (1544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
<bBottle: Shared this one with Indiana_Red and his dad. His dad owns a small airplane and flew over three boxes of Colorado brews! So, fresh from the Rocky Mountain highs . . . anyway, I enjoyed this porter. Light brown head with dark color. It seemed creamier than most Porters I have tried which I enjoyed. Smoky tastes and chocolate aromas. Not bad.
piscator34 (2005) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in colour with muted aromas of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. The flavor was far less sweet than I had expected. The roasted grain chalkiness was the dominant flavor. Little hop presence to speak of. Perhaps this was an old bottle.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 When held up to the light this dark amber, almost black beer shows a brilliantly clear deep ruby red color. It is topped by a frothy light brown head that disappears after a minute or so. The aroma is quite fruity with notes of figs and raisins as well as notes of alcohol and a finish of astringent roasted barley. The aroma is quite rich and enticing, the type of aroma I would expect to find on an imperial stout not a porter.
The taste is light up front, but followed by a rich roasted caramel not and a bit of chalkiness up front. I get sweet fruity notes of burnt raisins as well as some nice rich chocolate notes. This is a really nice malty porter, there is not much in the way of hop notes, just a mix of sweet and dark malt notes. While I really like the malt character this beer is a bit too thin to solely rest on it, there needs to be a bit more hops, or a thicker body to support and compliment the lush maltiness of this Porter.
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SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Tan head. Roasted chocolate malt aroma. Description is quite accurate. The sweetness up front is like a sweet stout but quickly turns roasty. Nice, lightly bitter finish with the help of the hops. Medium/full body. Solid brew.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with not much of a tan head. Chocolatey and toasted malt aroma with some caramel. Nice, smooth, luxurious body and mouth feel. Sweet, cocoa flavor with a bit of leather. Little hop flavor or bitterness. I guess Iím in the minority, but I think this a decent rendition of a London Porter.