Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This porter pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a thick, light brown head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter and malty with a slight chocolate note and a bit of roastiness. The flavor is very similar with slight anise notes and a touch of sourness. Meidum to full bodied and smooth.
3fourths (8499) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep black body with a cola-like brown head, the aroma on this one is phenomenal. Characters of smoke, bourbon, roasted chocolate malts, and a slight hint of cream, the strength is dead on and the overall experience of the aroma is like a perfect porter. Soft initial mouthfeel, before a sudden explosion of carbonation on the tongue. Within the bubbles is a mix of smoke and milk, leading to a dry and very bitter finish full of sweet hops. Easy and thin body, but missing a bold flavor.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Very thick with a huge head and chocolate aroma. Chocolatey, bitter and nutty. Love to try this nitro but I've never seen it on tap.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at the brewpub in Larkspur. Almost black but has some brown if held to a light. Aroma is sweet and rich with some nuttiness. Flavor is very rich and complex. Roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate all evident. Nice medium body with a slight bitter aftertaste. Overall a very good porter.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color -- flat and rich. Malty sweet, mildly fruity aroma. Mild, smooth, rich, balanced flavor. The flavor is lovely, as is the mouth feel. Sweetly rich with a smoky background. Very good.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid muddy layer of thick head that deteriorates within the minute. Nice Dark chocolate hue for the body. Oakish nuts followed up by heavy chocolate and its almost like there is a hint of rasberry right on the tip of the nose. Very thick flavors full of nuts, chocolates, carbonation and a hint of burntness. Very rich in all of the good flavors.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This porter pours a deep black color with a small, mostly diminishing tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malts with chocolate and coffee hints. Medium body with soft carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and mildly creamy. The flavor is roasty with chocolate and coffee undertones. The finish is slightly bitter but mostly malty and full of chocolate flavors. A good porter.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a large frothy brown head that looks like a rootbeer float and is slowly diminishing. Smells of malt and coffee. Taste like roasted malt nad coffee. Has a light to medium body.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured pure black with a nice deep tan head that was thick and frothy. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts with a light alcohol and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is chocolate up front followed by bitterness and a coffee and sweetness in the aftertaste. Rich and yummy. Maybe a little thin.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light, and almost milk chocolate, it wraps around the nose like a candy bar dipped in coffee. An excellent scrumptous thick beige head stays the course, floating over a deep black pool of mysterious mud brown liquid. Creamy and roasted with just a touch of fruitiness, this wraps around the insides of you're mouth in a subtle seductive way. This is not obnoxious, but very balanced...a very nicely done porter.