Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color.Medium tan head.Sweet chocolate aroma.Smooth chocolate toffee taste. Good blend of hops and malts.Finishes slightly bitter. A good porter.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have been thinking about drinking a luscious porter all day today; I sure hope this one stacks up to my anticipation!
It looks tremendous, a deep brown and crimson body beneath a robust caramel colored cranium, sheet of lacing. The nose is sweet, toffee, chocolate, and cappuccino. The palate is medium, fairly creamy…. The flavor is again chocolate & large notes of sugary coffee, a dribble of sweet cream or whole milk, almond oils… Overall a rather tasty porter, one in which I will most likely buy a 6er of and let sit for several months.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, brown red,with a tan medium sized foam stand, with an earthy aroma of chocolate and olives. Invitingly smooth at first, followed by some roast malt astringency, with a chewy, papery flavor, plus a little weak decaf coffee. Finish is pleasant and fairly clean, but not really "inviting"...good but sorta muddled.
Aurelius (3717) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice stouty aroma, with a bit of olive and hazelnut. Deep brown beer, bad label. Very well balanced. Lightly sweet, nutty, robust but very drinkable. Good mouthfeel without clingy dark bitterness. Well done. Creamy tan head. A very little bit of vegetable or green peanuts on the very end.
PorterPounder (4933) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2004 Rerate - changing the word "Porter" to Brown Ale everywhere. Excellent Brown Ale. Dark, ruby red, fading to black appearance. Off white, decent sized head with good lacing. Enticing aroma of cocoa, raisins and sweet coffee. Very smooth chocolate flavor for a Brown Ale with just the right amount of hop bitterness in the back end. No chalky aftertaste whatsoever. Creamy mouthfeel - one of the best domestic Brown Ales I have had to date.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark brown/black ale with a nice head. Good nose, with both roasted and hop notes well blended. Very smooth palate-a good hop/malt blend. A very nice porter.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with red edges and a tan head. Very roasty and sweet malt aroma. Nice sweet malt and toasted nut flavor with a slight bitter hops bite in the finish.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark ruby /brown color with a nice beige head. The aroma was fully roasted with a little smoke and toasted marshmallow (good call baobubba!) The flavor was well rounded with a strong roasted character...some malty sweetness. Well carbonated, crisp feel.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice dark color. Aroma of chesnuts and cloves. The taste has some nice toasted malts. This has the perfect medium mouth feel that I love in porter. A bit light on the chocolate but still worth a try.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark chestnut color with a tall head of tan bubbles. Dark fruit, dark malt and hops invade the nose. Dark chocolate start with light juniper and mild spice finish. Dark roasted malt later in the finish round this one out. Very much reminds me of a thinner Anchor OSA. Think I'll save one of these back for a side by side.