DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one reminded me of New Holland The Poet and Magic Hat Ravell a lot. Dark brown pour with ruby edges and a small white head. The aroma had dark malt, chocoff, some fruit, and some oak. The flavor was malty, with a lot of chocoff and some cabernet and brown sugar in the finish. Somewhat light palate and not as complex as the elite porters, but this one is well worth a try. I got mine for 6 bucks, and it was worth that in my opinion.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.02.05 750ml bottle. Deep ruby brown pour below a frothy and lasting head of loosly associated tan foam. Looks quite a bit like a tall glass of rootbeer; in fact, itís quite attractive. The aroma is pleasing and mild with soft roasted grains, dilute coffee, and hints of sweet cocoa. Beneath all that I detect a briny mineral aroma which I hope translates to the palate. The sip indeed firstly indulges my craving for brine as a slick mineral flavor and feel begin to coat. Mineral, diacetyl, and crisp roasting are a keen match, carrying the beer as it coats and fills my mouth. My sweet tooth is next engaged as the beer rounds out with dark cherries and prune, nearing the closing with the oily coating of a bitter schnaaps, finished briskly with a return of astringency. A happy beer served with ginger-curried beef. Well done, but is it worth the $10 price tag? Perhaps not.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Could have sworn I rated this one already, but I obviously forgot. 2005 750mL bottle graciously given to me by Duff, shared with OldGrowth in October 2005.
Served quite cold to start (too cold) but allowing to warm provided a wide range of flavors. It pours a deep inky black to deep mahogany brown with just a pinch of deep chartreuse. Head is large, foamy and well-retained, tan in color and provides light lacing. The little filtration provides plenty of chunky sediment in the glass even towards the top of the settled bottle. Aroma of light molasses/brown sugar, rich coffee roast, vanilla, dark chocolate and plenty of strong yeast (dusty and rather dry). Flavor begins with a light oily roast, plenty of biscuity nuttiness and simple cocoa notes. It develops a refined, subtle vanilla and toffee as it warms and finishes, building on the palate pleasantly. Chocolate chip cookies are not unthinkable to compare it to. A touch of oily roast sticks to the palate providing most of the dryness and light bitterness. Vinous, dark fruits, while apparent are not overly so, certainly not as much as I was expecting. Yeast is fresh, though rather bland and nutty. Body is medium, never getting terribly sweet, but certainly not undermalted for the style. No alcohol apparent. Donít find any hop flavors either, but perhaps I did not look hard enough. The carbonation is very low, light, medium-sized bubbles burst loosely and lightly and the texture is a bit thinned out, like it has been aged a year (though it hasnt). Though again, the light looseness is certainly to style and nothing to complain about. Very well-executed on all accounts.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle, corked and caged (2005 version, fresh): mostly opaque deep reddish-brown with a orange-brown bubbly waterfall head that quickly forms into a fluffy tan head. Rich, darkly roasted aroma with hints of vanilla bean, walnuts, cedar embers. Creamy, though a bit thin, palate with some smoky flavour along side toasted almonds, cherry flesh and honeydew melon. Chocolaty finish with a good hint of bitterness and a lingering sticky sweetness. Solid brew, but not completely outstanding.
Cornfield (5347) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I can understand why George Washington (The One and Only George W) liked beers of this ilk. Itís creamy and soothing to drink. Probably felt good on his sore gums. Good looking, too, a reddish brown with a dense, well sustained tan head. The aroma is straightforward, a lightly roasted malt with a touch of cocoa. But the flavor not only has this roasted, toasty malt, itís got the cocoa and plums and dark berries. Very nice. The finish is slightly dry and makes one want to drink more. Which I did.
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JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazed copper brown color. Taller light tan head with a few isles of lace. Light sweet toasted malt aromas with a backdrop of dry herb hops. Fairly sweet throughout the swallow. Lots of malt with mild toast to cookie dough biscuits, and scones. Some mild cocoa and dark bitter chocolate flavors. Very light bitterness. The finish does carry a true porter signature black malt bite. Fairly thick, yet it stays light on the tongue. If I had a propensity to have an eyeopener this would fit that bill. Sweet without getting too thick.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked bottle and served in my Stone RIS Snifter: Poured a ruby brown hue with a huge beige frothy head and outstanding lace. The nose detects caramel, mocha, burnt, and bready malts; light walnut and molasses; aromatic (Fuggles?) hops, and a hint of pipe tobacco ester. The flavors are less demanding than the aroma. A sweet malt and mild ripe fruit front supports a mocha nd lactic bakground. Some coffee and hop bitterness upon the finish. The feel is smooth yet there is enough carbonation to keep me interested. A nice traditional porter but the cost of the bottle would keep me from most likely trying it again.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours much lighter than an American porter, itís more along the lines of an amber or brown ale. Has a nice tan head. Aroma is a nice full malty beer. Sweet malts, toasted amd carmel. Also some mild hops. Flavor jumps on the palate. Toasted carmel malts, and a bit of chocolate. Smooth and tasty. A bit of a malt grist flavor. Light hops and a sweet malty finish. On the light side for a porter but still definately in that style. Nice ballance and bill. Solid beer. Its interestering to see a porter that isnít opaque and super malted.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Pours deep brown with a tan head, tall and creamy, with tiny slow rising bubbles. Lined lacing. Brown sugar, caramel lightly roasted malt, chocolate and molasses notes. Dark chocolate yet sweet caramel malt flavor with dark roasted coffee notes that make it a tad bitter and lightly acidic. Dark bodied and fizzy, crisp palate.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Big beige head atop a clear, dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, some nutty, roast, light coffee. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, roasty, some chocolate, nutty, salty, light caramel, molasses, burnt. Some earthiness in the finish. Smooth, medium body.