hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear, cherry wood-colored beer. Medium-sized, frothy, khaki-colored head. Excellent, lengthy retention and decent lacing.
The aroma is of toasted cashews and milk chocolate.
The flavors are of weak coffee, cocoa and hazelnuts. Perfectly-balanced.
Light-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation.
Dry, toasty finish with a hint of burnt straw.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a dark brown with red tints with a small tan head. Lighter aromas and tastes of chocolates and coffee. Light bitter finish. Weaker for a porter. Thinner body.
maeib (8286) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2007. A black coloured beer with beige bubbles around the edge. The aroma is hoppy with some light roast, a little sourness and some chocolate. The taste is light roasty with some smoke. Very mild and a tad thin, but drinkable for sure.
Drake (7843) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2009 Bottle. Disappointing product from an otherwise top-notch brewery. Pours very dark with no head. Strong anise aroma, very thin taste. Some coffee/caramelish flavors right at the end, but too little, too late. Nothing to see here, move along.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Denver International Airport in a really smoky bar. Deep brown color, typical creamy head from a nitro tap. Creamy texture up front, then a brown-ale like spicyness and a little hop bite in the finish. So cold it makes me shiver... a bit of a gritty texture, some creamy malts and a milk flavor as well. Nose is a light cream with some tobacco, but who can call that one in a smoky bar.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice bitter chocolate…Fat coffee beans…Quaffable Porter…
DocLock (7429) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour with a nice head and lacing. Aroma of malt, chocolate. Tastes very malty, with a coffee, chocolate, nutty, roasty finish. Excellent beer.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very bland and watery. The only thing it has is a roasted character that’s not all that well refined. Very uneventful and flavorless.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Mes rate:
Gravicask at GBBF. Lovely aroma. Milky sweet porter with some slight alcohol. Black-ish colour with no head at all. Dull flavour with some malt but no real character. Not roasty or bitter enough for me. Roll on.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Poured a clear, medium chestnut brown with a short-lived yellowy-beige head. Nose was of lightly burnt dark chocolate malts and stale floral hoppage. Flavor was of burnt dark malts, nuttiness, and floral bitters at the edges and finish. Light-bodied with less-than-ideal carbonation. This lacked that little something needed to make it memorable... and maybe some body.