Grwido (57) - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. Nice flavour. Taste of chocolate, with a nice roasted taste. Very smooth.
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2007 Itís been ten years since I summered in Hali. Ah...Pizza Corner how I miss you... actually my favourite pizza joint was this ultra dirt cheap place íround the corner from Propeller on that fine strip of ghettopia known as Gottingen Street. It was like six bucks for a medium three topping pizza - I mean stupid prices. Sure, you had to dodge crack heads to get there, but it was worth it. I even convinced them to deliver to the south side a couple of times...til they realized they were losing money by the time they crossed the commons.
John Allen had just opened and hadnít made porter yet, but that Pale and ESB were sure staples, both at the Economy Shoe Shop (boy that place lost its way) and later from the IGA on Quinpool. When eventually the Porter launched and found its way to my doorstep, I was in da Big Smoke. Now it finally arrives in Lotusland at ye olde Brewery Creek shop for another go around. I gave it a 3.4 in that original 2001 rating.
It has a dark brown colour. The aroma at first shows a predominant chocolate character, and this leads then to two distinct things - a powdery brown malt character and a pungent dark malt acidity. Could a porter aroma be more quintessential? Smoooooth milk chocolate character, again with a subtle brown malt note and an almost lactic sourness. Hey, if it ainít broken, donít fix it. Full body, soft and sweet. A velvet brew. Absolutely gorgeous porter. I bought it for a trip down memory lane but to hell with that, this is one of the best and most authentic porters Iíve ever tasted. Wow. This reminds me of the year-over-year improvements I saw in Denisonís Weisse...the result of many years of constant fussing is evident here and that, quite frankly, is the only way to make world-class beer.
swiseman (475) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very dark, but quite drinkable; not to be mistaken for a stout because the similarities end at the color. There are a lot of similarities between this beer and Propeller bitter which is also a very good beer.
jennabower (6) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a nice dark and smooth beer wish it was sold in Alberta. Could use better apearance and a better marketing campaign.
stantheman (892) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large bottle from Liquor Barn in Burnaby Heights. A very dark beer with a hint of ruby translucence near the bottom of stemmed glass. Not as black as coal, but getting there. A generous tan head and sweet malts on the nose.
Wow, they really got the flavors balanced right on this one! First impression is of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of coffee. Sweet, but not too sweet. Just right. Very smooth, mellow and satisfying!
Oakes, if you read this, I thoroughly enjoyed your reminiscences of Halifax, though Iíve never been there. Cheers!
GregClow (3154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany colour with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. The coffee flavour comes on strong, with chocolate lingering behind. Finish is nice and dry, with a moderate bitterness. My only real complaint is a slightly soapy aftertaste, but another mouthful quickly remedies that. A very nice brew.
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Really dark liquid. A burnt aroma. Coffee burnt taste. I tried it on TAP also in a few pubs in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and the burnt taste wasnít all there, it was replaced by a molasse taste. Still really good.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What can I say; this is freakiní tasty. Not sure if it is BJCP Porter but very very nice. Black with a creamy head. Started to pour early from the bottle. Dark malt scent. Big roasted malt, dusty chocolate flavour. Like drinking dusty chocolate cookies. Excellent!!
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of roasted malts up front with notes of sweet chocolate. Almost opaque dark ruby-brown with dense, pillowy, tan head that lasts nicely and recedes slowly, coating the glass. Initial short sweetness, joined by roastiness and thick round brown/chocolate malt flavour. Decent bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body and creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is truly an enjoyable porter. Bottle. Thanks OKBeer.
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Picked up a lot of these; decided to have a bottle here and there before settling down to review it...
Pours a dark, deep ruby, a bit on the purple side, but giving the impression of a thick black. The head was about 2.5 cm to start with, but it settled down to an impressive lace for the remainder of the glass. A few bubbly streams trickle upwards here and there, but, despite actually having quite consistent carbonation, it gives the impression of being nearly flat.
Aroma is immediate with a hefty, robust coffee note, which seems to defy any attempt to detect anything else.
Itís medium-bodied, with a smattering of carbonation.
The taste doesnít strike me as being exceedingly sweet; the roasted chocolatey malt is there, all round and smooth, with a touch of cloves. The finish is a touch of bitter coffee, nicely hopped and perfect for a porter. The aftertaste is admirable, leaving only a fond trace... and a surge of tingling across the tongue and the back of the outh.
I really enjoy this porter. Iím going to be sure to pick it up while the NLC still hasnít changed itís mind about stocking something from out-of-province...