Eructoblaster (3608) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a perfectly opaque black body topped with a thin but lasting frothy brown head. Exhales a robust coffeeish/roasty aroma with notes of brown sugar, hops and ginger. Taste is quite interesting since it is far from being as sweet and fruity as most of the porters Iíve been tasting. Here dominates roastiness and hoppiness that reminds me some East German dark lagers (which I love). Mouthful starts with lively carbonation and ends with a long bitter finish. Pretty nice stuff!
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a treat! By far the most complex Porter Iíve tried. Gorgeous dark color with mahogany highlights. Nice head burnt flour colored. Aromas? Where do I start? Citrus, malt, berries, herbs, coffee and cream, chocolate. The flavor is well-balanced coffee, butterscotch, oatmeal, fig and grapefruit, medium roasted malt. Consistently flavorful from swig to swallow. Solid mouthfeel. It will take several more to get both hands around everything in this one. Buy it if you can!
Apellonious (53) - USA - FEB 27, 2005
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Looked good in the clear bottle...dark, rbuyish color...Overbearing barley taste, almost tasted like it had gone bad (anyone who has brewed beer and had a batch "go bad"" knows what I am trying to explain). Maybe my taste buds were out of whack, but was expecting much more. This was one of the few beers that earned a "DNF"....did not finish.
DUBWICHT (7) - CANADA - FEB 25, 2005 does not count
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Heavy, bitter and tasted like Sherry or Port. Maybe I am a beer luddite but did not like this one.
dwyerpg (5223) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is beautiful - dark color, tan head, good smell. This is definitely the best porter Iíve had to date. That is probably because this is the least sweet porter Iíve had - of course, that is what keeps it from being truly great.
asheft (2891) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with a light brown head of not tiny bubbles that dissipates not too quickly. Some reddish brown can been seen if one places the beer in front of a strong light. Aroma strong in sherry and roasted malt--burnt like a stout. Tangy black patent malt flavour with a lot of wood smokiness and sweet malty finish. Not very fruity but some grape flavour that mingles with the smoke to gives a sherry or port-like note. Next to no bittering. I think I would like this beer a lot more if there was some bitterness to offset the sweet-and-sour finish. Medium body with a clean finish, but not crisp. Pleasantly oily.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours the nice deep color expected of a porter. Nice coffee bean nose. Taste is similar to the nose, with strong coffee and some roasted taste coming through. Quite smooth and well balanced. Very good
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown, almost opaque, with a nice tan head. The aroma was quite unexpected. It was like burnt coffee, you know the smell when you leave coffee on the burner a little to long. The taste was good, lots of chocolate and coffee notes with a mild fruitiness in there somewhere. Thick texture, not quite as thick as the oatmeal stout, but up there. I liked this brew, and while it is not the best porter I have had, I will most likely try it again down the line.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boittle - pours dark brown with dark orange highlights and a small light tan head. Aroma is roasty, herby, bitter with coffee notes. Flavor is also roasty and bitter in a sweetly astringent sort of way - hmmm. Medium body and gentle carbonation.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Nice pour, head, aroma. This is a beer that turned me onto porters.