JMerritt (1900) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2005. Dark orangeish brown with a medium-sized light brown head. Chocolate roast aroma with a light chicory roast flavor, a decent amount of floral hops and a touch of peaty smoke. Pretty solid.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour rich amber with a thin tan head...smell is piney and soapy...taste is really just hoppy...I don’t get this one either...
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clearish deep brown hue mounted by a light brown head. Rather straightforward coffee/chocolate roasted malts nose. Heavily malty, heavily hoppy(dead leaves, flowers), but not necessarily the tastiest components which makes me think that from anyone else, this would be considered a middle of the pack porter. There is simply not much to say about any fruitiness or flavour evolution, though I must recognize the velvety character of the medium body.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF ’05. Clear dark brown body, light tan head. Chocolate roast malt in the aroma. chocolatey flavor with a light lactic green hop finish. Just OK.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2005. Translucent dark brown body with a few visible particles and a filmy tan head. Aroma of good coffee, cocoa nibs and a touch of raisin. Bitter coffee flavor with significant hops and firm bitterness. Nice blend of characters. Distinct and good porter.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown pour w/ a tall thick tan head well laced. Roasted malt aroma hints of chocolate and coffee. Std palate medium body. Tastes of roasted malt and bitter chocolate w/ hints of coffee. A decent porter.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge roastiness with mild coffee notes. Very light brown with a lazy head. Hoppy with a lot of malt profile and little true porter characteristics. Very unlike the style to my palate.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dense opaque, dark ruby, brown appearance, thick head (nitro?). Caramel/toffee, roasted malt aroma. Dry hazelnut, heavily roasted palate, dryish cocoa and coffee flavors, fairly bitter bite in the finish.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Nitro Draft: Pizza Port in San Clemente, CA) The flavor is dominated by roasted malts; It’s moderately bitter with a mild sweetness fighting to balance out the dry roastiness, with only marginal success; Mild alcohol can be detected; Full bodied, dry, very creamy and smooth on the palate; The nose is dry and roasty, but only mildly aromatic; Jet black color, but ruddy at the very edges; Light tan head is creamy and dense, almost dense enough to write in; Excellent retention and lots of thick, dense lacing, and clumps of it in some spots
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft: dark brown, nice malty/roasty nose. Flavor is roasted chocolate. Smooth & easy drinking.