BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 Re-rate on 6/20/08. Pours opaque with a small, frothy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (coffee, roasted, burnt), light hops (grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of smoke and charcoal. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.
Original rating of 3.2 on 10/2/04: Near black with a thin tan head. Fair lacing. Mild coffee and malt aromas with a roasty nose. Taste is watery, light coffee. Dark palate.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tasted in Colorado (Colorado Springs). Tasted at Phantom Canyon Brewing. Like most porters tasted in the magnificant state of Colorado, this one, visually represents the style, but using the other 2 main senses, it seems more like a light-weight candidate. Very little aroma profile. Light brown colour, barely meets the cut for a porter in this context. Flavour was non-discript. Couldn’t pick up much in it at all.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown hue, good head formation. Grainy, roasted malt aroma. Sweet fruity palate, turns grainy, and roasty towards the end, but remains essentially fruity. Charred coffee aftertaste, peated flavor not strong.
Braudog (5462) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Super-dark brown with a solid and resilient head. Silky on the tongue. Relatively bitter, but no real overriding flavors. Bit thin. Poor attempt.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark amber in colour, a pretty dark shade of brown when held up to a light. A thin tan head develops on the pour and lasts for a while. This was definately contained in Nitrogen before, as its characteristics are very noticeable. Sweet and roasty malt aroma, with some of the sweetness smelling like caramel and root beer. Roasty malt flavour, very watery (some nitrogens will do this) with some smoked flavours, but not much. Finishes with a malt-bitterness. Not a great smoked beer, nor porter. I don't know how this one a silver medal at the GABF in 1994, but maybe they changed their recipe a bit or maybe there were only two contestants for the Smoked category 9 years ago :-)...I was only 13 at the time as well! I had this on tap at the brewpub in Colorado Springs, CO on 10-August-2003.
Aubrey (3414) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark with a beautiful red hue. Lasting, off-white head. Sweet and roasty nose. Soft and very creamy. Aromatic hop notes. Chewy, roasty-toasty malts with a soft smoky flavor. Peat is sweetish and mild; smoky notes are not sharp or harsh. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice porter that has a distinct peat aftertaste that is full of smokiness and style.
Ernest (6015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The aroma is too hoppy for me, but it doesn’t mar the flavor profile.