JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on bottle)This is a really nice PORTER I´ll say. Lots of burned wood, smoke and heavy, dry fruits in the aroma, an good dry sip a and dry aftertaste. Like a real PORTER!
Should it be judged as a stout, I´ll say that is misses the smoothiness totally.
larsniclas (5199) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at DBF 2004.
Black with an off-white head.
Fruity aroma with notes of coffee.
Smooth palate with a lot of hops in the flavour.
rlgk (8506) - Skövde, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark amber, almost black. Aroma is from cocoa and licorice. Flavor brings chocolate as well as cocoa and licorice. A little creamy feeling.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a light brown head. Strong coffee chocolate aroma. Nice roasted malt flavor. Coffee dominates. A bitter finish with no alcohol flavor present. Body is a little thin. A good beer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 Bottle: Black with a small tan head, ends dry. Better on cask. On cask NERAX ’04: Black with a small creamy head. Roasted coffee/chocolate aroma, light bodied, starts and ends sweet.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown color with a medium tan head. Smoked wood and roasted malt aroma. Slightly sour lactose, smoked wood and roasted malt flavors. Nice medium body with crisp carbonation.
gsteph (320) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Fair dry stout. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Pours deep black with thick, dark head. Flavors of chocolate and caramel. Thin and watery. It looks great but the total package is lacking.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
from the bottle. not too impressive, weak on the flavor, watered down tasting. not enough bite for me. reminds me of a weak guinness x-stout.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 Pours a nice light brown head on a dark brown body. Aroma of dark roasted malt, tar and a lot of smoke. Somewhat thin flavor but still very smokey with a little malt underneath. Too thin, too smokey and not very good!
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice thick rootbeer float head (big creamy bubbles) which leads to some great lacing. Aroma of cocco puffs (in milk), dark roasted grains and a hint of coffee. Color is essentially black. Flavor is not quite as thick as I expected. Slightly chalky and thinner that expected. Good roasted flavor, almost burnt at times like a crispy burnt steak that when you eat it dissintegrates into little carbon pieces (gritty). Good flavor though. Finish has a distinctive coffee flavor and leaves a chalky film in the mouth. Little bit of bitterness from the hops also. I keep going back to the chalky/gritty sensation but the beer is still decent beyond that.