johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with very little head upon pouring.Roasted malt and chocolates dominate.
Easy to drink-interesting without being too exciting.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 It’s rich, it’s creamy, it’s quite tasty. The flavor is very similar to Shakespeare, but it’s a bit thinner with more drinkability. Not a bad thing. Roasty aroma and flavor, chocolatey aftertaste. This is an excellent beer.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick and long lasting head and an inviting aroma. Great tasting and a mild & pleasant aftertaste.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Perhaps not as "big" as i was expecting. Some light roasted malt and chocolate malt, with a fair hit of citrusy hops towards the finish, and perhaps some light smokyness, fairly pleasant, if a bit uncomplex, not really what i was expecting, but fairly tasty.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Color is black with a creamy tannish head, faded fast leaving tiny bits of lace. Smells dark and earthy of deep dark, blackened malt, notes of espresso & coffee. Taste echoes of the smell, earthy roasted malt thats very deep, dark, blackened, quite robust with a great dark bitterness of coffee, all very tolerable. Feel is pretty strong, heavy, and full with a nice deep coffee-like dryness. This porter is drinkable and packed with dark flavors, but some of the strength of the taste and body makes for intimidation in my book.
egajdzis (5456) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark, opaque with a chocolatey aroma. Very little head. Chocolate and mocha come out very strong in the taste. Great brew.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tried this one on cask. Very nice head and good hoppy tone balanced by the complex malt.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
NABA BeerFest 03: Bottle pour, a very traditional porter with lots of chocolate taste to it.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a very dark brown color with little carbonation and a hop smell. Taste is roasted/smoked malts and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall I was kind of disappointed with this beer as I could not taste the chocolate...Maybe I should have another...
rauchbier (3639) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Deep black brown with moderate beige head and fairly low condition. Quite fruity aromas laced with coffee, chocolate and a slight tart phenolic edge. Soft and sweet in the mouth with some coffee and some more fruity tartness, like a flat cola. Finish was not as full and long as I expected, with a brief coffee roast bitterness