aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured with a huge head, but that’s probably largely because of letting it warm before opening. The body is a dark mahogany brown in which the hazyness makes it opaque combined with the darkness. The flavor continues with roasty notes, but the coffee drops out and what remains of the coffee seems a little stale. Overall, a decent porter perked up a little by the coffee.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, I think this bottle is awesome! It makes for a vigorous pour. Dark garnet pour, brownish black to the eye. Fluffy, off-white head. Mildly roasted aroma of coffee and malts. The coffee comes alive in the flavor, nicely roasted, some vanilla, sweet malts, but well balanced with some bitterness. Very enjoyable! The best porter I have had in some time. Thanks to radiomgb for the sample.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, almost black with a huge tan head that doesn’t go away. Aroma is almost all coffee with some dark roasted malt as well. Flavor was a nice balance between the coffee, roasted malts and a bit of vanilla. Somewhat bitter and lots of carbonation. I enjoyed this very much, especially since I didn’t know anything about the beer or company beforehand.
Chugalug (29) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A bit too close to a cold, carbonated coffee for my liking. Unique--yes! But I couldn’t quaff down too many in an evening. A touch too sweet.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich earthy chocolate and coffee aromas emanate from the milk chocolate coloured head. Very full mouth feel. Deep dark coffee (no espresso) and bittersweet chocolate flavours with a hint of roasted malt. Slight bitterness on finish. Absolutely fantastic! Cheers!!
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled both just out of the fridge and much closer to room temperature.
At the cold temperature - nothing special.
Warmer, you can really taste the coffee. A smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with a lingering, bitter, cofee tang in the mouth. Fairly easy drinking and a really distinctive flavour. Not a session brew, but something that I will be returning to.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
huge coffee nose coming off of this beer, some small amounts of malts and vanilla. color is a dark brown, but much more transparent than most porters. the head was white and a little cream, and held for a decent amount of time. the front end of the taste is all coffee, almost like drinking a cup of cold coffee in the morning. malts make up the end with a bit of the sweetness that i called vanilla from the nose, but now not positive. the aftertaste is a little of both worlds, the malts and the coffee, but the body is pretty thin on the watery side. great flavor, but i prefer more thickness and mouthfeel from this type of beer. thx to radiomgb for this.
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown body, with thin off white head. Aromas of coffee, malt and slightly sweet, possibly vanilla. Tatse is coffee!!.......almost like eating chocolate covered coffee beans. Has slight sweet vanilla flavour. Very bittter. Aftertaste is strictly coffee, I think I would rather have this in the morning to wake me up then a timmy’s!!!
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Alex P Keaton in London, Ontario. Pours a dark brown body, with a thin and short lived beige head. Aromas are slight coffee, but huge roasted malt, nuts, and vanilla. Taste is bitter as all heck, huge coffee taste, vanilla extract, nice malt. Finish has a nice bite to it, coffee aftertaste and creamy. Nice!
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown with very little head. Aroma and taste are almost all dry roasted coffee. This would make a great breakfast beer.