becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lot better than i originally expected. Its somewhat like Guiness, only a lot better. It doesnt have the bitterness or finish that guiness has. the roasted malt give this stuff a great chocoalaty flavor. even thought it is a dark beer, this is something you can drink a few of....
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured with a huge fluffy head(a bit like sea-foam, but with little bubbles), light tan color. Foam painted the sides of the glass and lasted well. Dark reddish-brown, clear pour, virtually black in the glass. Yeast, malt, caramel on a sweet smell. Stronger flavor after sitting out for ~30mins: Sweet caramel, light toasty, good hop flavor, noticable alcoholic flavor, mildly bitter hop that sticks with you as you taste some sour and is balanced out by caramel malts. It makes you salavate as the bitter then sour come in. Once all is said and done, you have a mild mocha taste clinging to your mouth. Body improved with warming as well: short lived, but nice, burst of carbonation, medium body(a bit light). Good overall impression: good flavor, good mouth coating afterwards, pleasant body and a nice beer to drink. I'll buy this again.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly opaque dark brown color with a medium tan head. Smokey, almost burnt malt aroma. Nice strong sweet roasted malt flavor, with a fairly dry hoppy finish.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly opaque dark brown with ruby highlights and a medium tan head. Very slighly skunked aroma - why must they use clear bottles? Roast, milk chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and burnt caramel are also present. Medium creamy body with a low amount of carbonation. Smooth and relatively easy drinking. The flavor is still mostly intact, offering nice vanilla, roast and milk chocolate notes. Still good, but I will add it to the list of beers I need to rerate.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, this is traditionally THE poster, isn't it?
Brown, nearly opaque. Pours with a decent head, creamy and fine. Instant note of roasted malt in the air.
Toasted, maltiness with bread, caramel, toffe, chocolate character. Fairly dry, not as much mouthfeel as I'd like or expect. A moderately cidery finish as well.
hershiser2 (1689) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black as night with a big, fluffy head that lasts and laces nicely.
Nice faint coffee scent... pretty faint, but very appealing.
Nice and easy porter. Slighty coffee and chocolate... mmmm this one's a good one.
My only complaint is a tinge of a strange aftertaste. Not bad, but leaves me wondering what exactly that is.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'm drinking this right after sampling a Deschutes Black Butte Porter, so that's where my reference is coming from.
This is good, but I don't think it deserves the hype it gets.
Pours a very nice black with a nice head and lace.
Smells of coffee and nuts.
Taste is okay but not great. It's like drinking a foamy sweetened coffee. Very malty. There's a bit of an astringent aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel is full and minerally. This is the one area where it is better than Deschutes. Drinkabiltiy goes down, though, because of the aftertaste and the fact that, well, I'm not exactly craving another one.
A good porter, but it doesn't measure up to Deschutes' offering.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich dark-brown/black brew with a thick tan-coloured head that fades to lace. Lacing lasts to the bottom of the pint. Smells like coffee, chocolate and dark malt. Intense coffee and chocolate flavours with a trace of raisiny sweetness and some faint hops in the finish. The body was a bit thinner than I would have expected. An excellent beer
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with a nice brown head with decent staying power. Smells of chocolate and walnut. A strong coffee flavor with a crisp finish. A nice porter.
desurfer (1268) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Black body, voluminous brown head. Aroma is slightly nutty and chocolatey. Distinct coffee bite in the flavor, dry and bitter finish. Some chocolate notes as well. Thin bodied but good.