DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2004 (22 oz bottle, $3.85) Iím enjoying this solid, well-made porter, but itís not quite blowing my socks off. Roasty, chocolate flavors abound in this moderately bitter and very hoppy porter. Itís lightly sweet up front, with an assertive, bitter, roasty finish. One of the few porters where I can actually taste a strong hops component, which frankly, Iím not all that fond of in a porter. Dry, medium body, leaning more toward the heavy side of medium, so this is not one of those chewy porters. The mild nose combines some light chocolate aromas with a bit of yeastiness. The color is very dark brown, almost black. Medium tan head rises to an average size on the pour, and shows pretty solid retention for a few minutes, but gradually is reduced to a thin ring. Just a smidgeon of lace is left on the glass. Thereís a serious amount of sludge in the bottom of the bottle.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderfully rich, heavily malted porter from the brewMASTERS at Rogue. A deep, dark brownish color with a tint of mahogany. A sweet, biting upfront flavoring with the obvious hints of coffee and blackcherries. The taste opens up to a more floral sweetness backed-up by a slight orange peel earthiness. Full finish. Great Beer!
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee and chocolate flavors. A little thin on the mouth feel for a Porter. Black-brown in color. Sweet aroma, but no noticeable coffee notes.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Interesting porter...but whereís the mocha? I couldnít notice it, a little disappointed in that, but not in the beer overall
Pailhead (6404) - 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 donít pick up the mocha all that much. Itís 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 (1642) - 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, thatís 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. Itís 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 itís warming me up. Shhwweeeet!