aracauna (3283) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly stout-like for an English porter. Dark and looks black for most part, but closer inspection shows that it's just a really dark brown. A nice roastiness jumps out at you first, a bit thin in the middle and some toffee in the finish. Hops are AWOL (as the label said they would be). Quite the tasty porter. Not on the level of Fuller's London Porter, but still nice.
Dorwart (2452) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice settling head of tan bubbles. Diminishes to a thin foam with good lacing. Excellent aroma dominated by roasted malts, coffee and a touch of black cherry (yum). The color is a very dark port and the body is a little on the thin side. Initial taste is metallic but dies quickly into a smooth coffee and dark chocolate taste. Not too sweet. Finish is slightly bitter. A decent porter but a little low on alcohol and the flavor. I have had better.
BillKismet (3530) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, headless, and flat appearance--proves accurate. Robust malt, with the distinct loveliness of apricot in the bouquet endowing it with one of the best porter fragrances.. Smooth body rolls down the gullet. Again, robust maltiness appears with a distinct apricot taste. This feels like a trip back in time--and interesting slant on the style.
hotstuff (4413) - Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
When poured into my glass, this beer had a very small head that quickly diminished. There was no lacing present on the sides of my glass. The hue of this beer is black. The nose is roasted coffee and chocolate. The flavor is strong roasted coffee from start to finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, thin and somewhat watery.
thedm (5163) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Original Rating 6-5-7-4-15
This brew poured a very small head of medium sized light brown bubbles and a opaque black brown body. It has a nice mild malt aroma and a strong coffee malt flavor with mild chocolate overtones. It is very smooth with only a mild bite to the aftertaste.
6/28/2004 re-rate: 8-5-8-5-18 This sample poured a very large sized head of fine to large sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was a nearly opaque very dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The aroma was roasty vinous and contained brown malty notes. The palate was initially smooth with a brown malt flavored finish with a mild hop bite. The brown beer flavor was very notable in the finish. along with many dark malts. The flavor contained notes of caramel molasses chocolate roasty malts and brown beer malts with a vinousness to it. Very good and yummy! More please!
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark with a lovely, clear ruby hue. Medium-sized, creamy, khaki-colored head. Great lacing.
The aroma is very complex with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, hickory smoke and coffee.
The flavor is very well-balanced. Starts sweet and toasty, then finishes a touch bitter and acetic. Coffee, chocolate and toasted nuts thrown in the mix.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Short, bitter-sweet, chocolatey finish. Interesting blend of grains and malts!
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
well, the name is an obstacle to being taken seriously, but once in the glass, whatever degree of butt is available must perform-- and here it is: peppercorn brown pour with buckskin colored head, almost stout-like color but seemingly of thinner body-- that is: pours with a viscosity more like water. aroma dominated by "brett" or something similarly malodorous. medicinal like a lawnbag filled with used band-aids and pickled shoe inserts; old baker's chocolate when it starts to turn white on the edges. for all that, a decent taste amid an athletic carbonation, some sourness, thin chocolate sweetness and nut-husk bitterness. i'm guessing that it's borderline "off", but it's intriquing still, could be an acquired taste. but at 3 bucks a bottle, i think i'll be acquiring more rent and groceries than a taste for the huge butt, or whatever the hell it's called.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stained cherry wood color with a medium tan lunar landscape head. Roasted malt aroma with an undertone of alcohol soaked in a wooden cask. A sweet dried fruit taste with a dry finish. A wine like quality.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sour. I didn't like it, it was hard to drink. Very foamy. Beautiful color and I'm sure the flavors were quite complex as a result of the various malts used. Aroma reminded me of fruity cotton candy.
Panzuriel (1469) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent but lacking porter. Good malty aroma and flavor. Good mouthfeel. Not wonderful. Not spectacular. Good appearance deep and rich color. Still not all that.