Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black with a tan head. Aroma was of piney hops and chocolate. Flavor matched, nicely balanced. Notes of coffee in there as well. The hops were really refreshing in this beer. Nice!
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet roasty nose. Dark color, creamy head that stuck around. Dry taste of high kiln grains and hops. Great porter!
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark almost black in appearance. Head is medium in size with a dark tan color.
Aroma is roasted malt with some coffee notes. The flavor is smooth with roasted malts and some nutty flavors, but it is nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth but not heavy.
This is by no means a big beer, but it is smooth, balanced and tasty. Today, this is just what the doctor ordered. Cheers.
superargo (1) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pour, inky black. But not thick. Little too bitter for my tastes in a Porter. Can't touch Anchor Porter. Nice overall,just not balanced enough. Too bitter.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 This porter carries a dominant roasted hops flavour to it. It is bitter and tastes like coffee more than it does chocolate. I was favourably impressed - definitely quality ingredients in this one. I still prefer Kostritzer though for this style. If you're looking for a Chocolate Sout, try Mackeson XXX Stout - very chocolatey tasting.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark with a thick frothy head. Aroma is coffee and grapefruit. Taste is moderately coffee and bitter with bitter middle and a bitter aftertaste. Did I say it was bitter? I am generally a big fan of Rogue but this should be called bitter (or espresso)porter rather than mocha porter. Not a bad beer, just lacking balance.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark with a small tan head. Coffee roasted malt aroma, maybe just a hint of chocolate. Bitting burned toast flavor. Bitter after taste just won't go away. This brew has got some very good ratings here. I am not sure what I am missing.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first I was highly disappointed with this. I was expecting something more along the lines of Chocolate Stout. Then I realized this was a porter. It's actually a pretty good porter at that.
Pours really dark with a nice tan head and good lacing.
Smells of chocolate, malt, and hops.
Tastes more like coffee than anything else, with a hint of chocolate and it's balanced well with hops. It's a little more complex than I can describe, though, to be honest. It's good.
Mouthfeel is too watery for my tastes. I've noticed that most porters are on the watery side, so maybe it's just me. Be that the case, at least I'm being consistant with my scores for the style. Actually, this is thicker than the porters I've had lately and I'm likely being a bit harsh. I may revisit this one later if only for this area.
Drinkability is good. I'm not craving another, but I could easily have more than one of these and I'm sure I'll be having more of these.
DanielBrown (3825) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Only Fine Beer (Bottles). Utterly opaque, inky black with a short, beige head, and good lacing. Faint choc aroma. Dark chocolate taste, rich mouthfeel with a warming aftertaste which is slightly bitter and lengthy. Smooth to start off with and pretty quiet, but things get progressively bigger in flavour. I prefer Anchor Porter but this is nice stuff.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark. Aroma from chocolate, flavor from whipped cream and chcolate. Malty and sweet.