muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml corked & caged bottle from Steve’s (Mineral Point Road) in Madison, WI (Dec 2005). Cellar temperature, Samuel Smith pint glass. Despite a total lack of sound when I removed the cork, there is carbonation evident in the pour, with a gout of foamy, moderately long-lasting tan head atop a murky brown-black body....at first the aroma was really indistinct, a bit soapy and anise-scented, but some light chocolate tones do develop, but overriding it all is unfortunately slippery detergent....thankfully there is improvement on the tongue, chocolaty-roasty character sweetens but remains a bit acidic and robust....the body is on the thin side for a porter I think, and the milkiness while not unpleasant doesn’t have much to work with....a warmed-up watery milkshake with just a touch of boiled coffee grounds added. Overall, it doesn’t add up to much and is a big disappointment, given the expensive fancy bottle and all.
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottle was provided by, and shared with thedm and hotsuff. A bron bidy with a big light brown head. The aroma had some cocoa hints as well as some woodiness with molasses and caramel. The taste was a bit watery and had some cocoa and caramel. Nothing outstanding but not revolting either.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, but for the price point I doubt I’ll buy it regularly. A marked porter tang and a creamy body that is a touch too light. A hint of cocoa and definitely chocolate milk. Cream sweetness and roast in the middle with some nuttiness. Weak coffee throughout. Very nice!
Pailhead (4742) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Courtesy of beeryum via trade. Big roasted grain aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Pours a somewhat transparent mohogany with a small off-white head. Looks nice, but not at all like a porter. Initial roasted grain fades to a burnt grain and nutty middle. Finishes with a sweet chocolate and light coffee flavor.
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a dark mahogany. The aroma is a bit woody with a slight bit of coffee. The body is a little on the thin side, but this is not bad either. Doesn’t quite live up to the beautiful bottle it comes in, though.
ross (2078) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
not as dark as i had anticipated, and at first i thought it was flat. cork didnt even pop off. malty and roasted up front, slightly hoppy in the end. tan head. not bad. easy to drink, and not bad at all. good beer, dunno if its the best porter out there, and for the money im pretty sure it isnt. still - its worth drinking.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper highlights on a mahogany base with a creamy head and nice lace. Aromas are a tad musty yet richly malted with caramel and chocolate. Great all-malt flavor is sweet & chocolaty with possible lactose bringing it across like a milkshake. Silky-smooth to boot with a body that is nearly "full". First class.
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fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked bottle, 75cl
Dark color; creamy head. Subtle aroma, roasted malt. Better taste, balanced, medium body/malt, good rosted malt.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice surprise. Matt at the beverage depot showed me this, Had I had it? Well. no! Pour was a dark brown with red highlights. Nose was malty with soem unexpected fruit in there. Very nice and different from your typical porter.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color, untypically light considering the style. Jammy fruits in the nose, with hints of plums and berries, not your typical chocolate, coffee porter aromas. Caramel flavors abound, with a variety of fruits. Nice flavor, with a mild body.