FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Pours a brilliantly clear deep brown color that shows a deep ruby color when held up to the light. The head is frothy and is a light brown color. The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, fresh toasted bread, lightly roasted coffee, and a hint of astringent burn grain; the aroma is quite nice and enjoyable, though it is a bit on the subtle side of things.
The taste is lightly sweet up front with a palate that has a certain fullness to it, despite being quite light. The beer finishes with a dry burnt grain character and a solid dark chocolate note. Up front this tastes of sweetened black coffee, it also has note of biscuit malt and brown malt. The finish is quite nice, with a complex malt profile. Up front it is not quite so complex though, even a bit simplistic. The mouthfeel is too thin and the beer is a bit too sweet; both of these clash and downplay the nice malt profile, which is in the finish.
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sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large light brown head, good retention and a small bit of stringy lace. Clear, dark mahogany color, a sight to behld! Nose is chocolatey, lightly smokey, ashes with faint notes of cocoa. Body is medium, pleasent creaminess. Dry malt flavors a touch burnt, chocolate, caramel and more cocoa. Dry finish with a light smokiness. Beautiful packaging of these Meantime brews. Priceing will keep me from enjoying their products more often though.
DYCSoccer17 (3208) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is dusty, earthy, peat-like, a bit swampy with some chocolate notes. Some metallic aromas are also present. Transparent light mahogany color with a frothy light tan/yellowish head. Could stand to be a bit darker. Starts off a bit astringent and metallic and carbonated, which turns into a more roasty and mellow porter to finish. Chocolate malts come in late with nice roastiness. Mouthfeel is superb. A nice session beer. Very smooth and flavorful. Unforunately, the aroma is a bit weird.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 $9.99 Bottle poured a dark red/ brown with a nice creamy head and light lacing.
Aroma is chocolate malt, coffee, roasty.
Good medium body with easy drinking roasty malt, chocolate and sweet creamy roasty finish.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich mahogany with a rocky head that foams down with time. Starts a little roasty (nuts) then goes sweet (chocolate) in the middle with a dry, bitter (hoppy) finish. Creamy mouthfeel with some acidity. Smooth and easily drinkable - too easy, perhaps. If the claims on the bottle are true, I can see how this could keep an army going.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darkish, ruby-brown body with a nice toasted, off-white head comprised of very tiny bubbles that lasts for a bit. Aroma is full bodied chocolates and coffee, very hoppy. Nice mouthfeel and packed with flavor. Chocolate, nuts, coffee, roasted malt, burnt nuts, grapes. Aftertaste is dark roasted barley, rich. I like this porter because it packs so much flavor and to my palate it is very agreeable, however it is lacking in complexity. Lacing is left by the lovely microbubbled head. Nevertheless, I could drink this porter all day. So pick one up, its a solid try.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. hazy dark brown. Malty chocolate aroma, notes of coffee and caramel. Sweet amlty flavour of chocolate, cocoa, vamilla and caramel. Roasty finish.
Ernest (6011) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate, coffee), lightly hoppy (herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nutty, chocolatey, lightly vegetal aroma. Opaque brown body with plenty of suspended proteins is topped by low tan head that recedes to partial cover. Nutty, sweet cocoa flavour with some vegetal notes and fair finishing bitterness. Medium body with soft but lively carbonation. Decent but it comes across more as a dark brown ale than a porter. Bottle sampled at RBESG 2005.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festival 2005
Full bodied! Plenty of chocolate and toasted barley. And plenty of hops as well. Like velvet on your tounge. Dangerously easy to down. Want more!