IndianaRed (3123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Extremely dark reddish brown with little head, persistant lacing. I didn’t detect much of a chocolate. Faint aroma in general, but pleasent. A bit bitter and hoppy, not as smooth as other porters Ive had. Carbonation feels a bit high. Acidic tingly feel on the tounge with bitter earthy aftertaste. A little sediment left at the bottom. In general not as drinkable as some of my faves. Just OK.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 This was a very nice, sweet, light, drinkable porter. It didn’t amaze me with really strong flavor, but it was very pleasant and went down smooth. I liked the aroma of chocolate flavor, the texture was pretty good, coudl have been a little thicker. I would drink it again.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 6, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured a dark brown, almost opaque black, thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A little thin on the palate. The flavor is just bitter as hell coffee abd roasted malt. Very, very bitter finish. I was not a huge fan of this beer.Your money would be better spent on a six pack of Anchor porter.
r464 (2131) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2011 Dark as can be, with a redness underneath. A tan head. Deep chocolate, coffee, fruity flavor. Not especially full bodied, but flavorful.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from the bottle at cellar temp. poured a dark brown with tan head very little lacing.aroma choc. coffee, dark fruits, malts.mouth feel a little on the watery side. flavor friuts , coffee , malts and choc.I have had this a couple of times before cold about 45 I think that is the way it should served.when I drank this one everything seemed weak.
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich deep velvety aroma, just as I like it. Dark chocolate, cocoa, and soft rich Kona coffee and to all of that decent amount of hops. Medium bodied with substantial carbonation, dark chocolate is more dominant than expected, mocha theme sadly shows late. Bitter finish with a bit to thin malt that had no power to carry on aftertaste.
FormatKid (7) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of the bottle a characteristic black with blood red tinges when held to light. Head rolls up titanically and is suprisingly white. Lacing is stoic and clings in chunky web patterns down the length of the glass. A vague fruity smell hovers over this beer along with tangy bitter aromas and playful hints of unsweetened cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans. The taste is amazing. Soft bitter cocoa notes blendslowly into mellow roasty coffe flavors. Earthy bitterness from the hops register at the back and edges of my tongue. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is almost zippy. An amazing porter...will rogue ever let me down?
hotstuff (4532) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Indiana Ale Fest at Fort Wayne. Bottle. Poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. Uncarbonated, opaque and a dark brown hue. The aroma was malty, chocolate, coffee and hops. The taste was lightly bitter, coffee and some hops which left a mild aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with sparse lacing.
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious. Black pour with a thin dark tan head. Coffee smell with a little bit of chocolate. The chocolate reappears in the flavor. What a great dessert beer.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well-formed brown tar head sitting atop an oily looking, opaque mahogany body. Through the pocked holes in the bubble’s surface I smell fresh, grassy clean hops, some sugary rich malts and no mocha yet. This smells more like an APA than a porter. Taste is hop-strong starting sweet blended with sour apples and soured milk transitioning to a full-fledged, flaming hop finish. Very, very roasted bitter. Enough to make the back of your tounge sweat and crinkle. I find myself lifting the glass over and over to get that viciously bitter, roasted coffee and chocolate goodness in the aftertaste. Its very enjoyable. The mocha is present throghout the palate, alcohol is trace.