Pailhead (6017) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Aroma obviously has coffee and chocolate but is rather hoppy to go along with it. That being said, the aroma is not as strong as I expect. Pours a muddy brown from the bottle but when it settles into the glass it's very dark brown, almost black, with a nice tan head with fair retention. Decent lacing. Flavor is coffee, slight dark chocolate, and grapefruit is noticeable. Bitter coffee and grapefruit finish with a moderate coffee aftertaste. I don’t pick up the mocha all that much. It’s there, but barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is a little thin. As I drink, the chocolate flavor becomes more noticeable. Nothing special, better porters out there.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with the slightest hint of ruby on the edges. Small, quickly dissipating head. Excellent aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Malty taste, very smooth. Very nice.
jefcon (1537) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the complex aromas in this brew are the star. coffee, chocolate, and a fresh, outdoorsy grain all mingle on the nose. Black and a hint of ruby. no head to speak of. The taste is overly malty, as the coffee and hops get a little out of tune with one another. This beer could use a bit more balance, but is a drinkable porter nevertheless.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - a beautiful smelling beer! Deep, dark chocolate with an underlying coffee and roastiness. What could be better than that?!? Oh, yeah ... a hop monster, that’s another rating. Dark brown with a medium brown head of tiny bubbles. The flavor matches what I expected from the aroma. This is a really fine beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours oily black, like a stout with a dark tan head. Aromas of equal part coffee and chocolate with lesser amounts of bitterness and roasted malt. The taste has all of the flavors of the aroma. Since I bought this almost a year ago, the taste is not as bitter but still leaves a sticky, oily texture on the tongue. The roasiness of the malts makes this silky smooth.
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells yummy-yum yu, like awhole lotta fun. Warm and rich, with roated coffee, chocolate and malt. Head like a nuclear war-head induced cloud, tan and sticking to the glass. It’s hanging around. Spike TV is so dumb, but so entertaining. Whoa, bitter as hell. Funky coffee taste with a bitter hoppy bite. Kinda thin and weak in the mouth but it’s warming me up. Shhwweeeet!
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A black beer with a short-lived tan coloured head. The aroma is of chocolate and coffee in equal measures. The taste is full with chocolate, coffee and hoppiness. It’s a good beer but too much coffee for my liking making it a bit difficult to drink.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to 123456Green for this brew! I’m suprised I couldn’t get there where I live, but oh well. Pours the same color as all Poters, but the head is somewhat bubbly, but pretty well lasting. Aroma is Espresso, frappucino, bitter chocolate, malt, somewhat roasty. Very chocolatey, and a very present espresso aftertaste. Pretty complex for a porter, it would be nice to have this barrell aged, but I doubt that will ever happen. Palate wasn’t smooth enough though.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yip, this is good. Dark, with a nice, thick head. Flavor is quite prounounced and somewhat typical of the style. What distinguishes this beer, in my mind, is the sweet backbone in the finish. Will have to try again.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very black color with a slight reddish brown tint and a big fluffy tan head. the aroma is of chocolate and coffe with a little caramel fruitiness. this beer has a nice mouth feel and is very smooth. strong roasted coffee flavors up front. sweet and chocolated. some citrusy/grapefruit ups on the end. there is a long lingering coffee aftertaste. this a a very good drinkable beer.