kathouse (1373) - Nevada, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice sweet aroma of malt and chocolate. Bright is a good adjective. Very nice tan head and a deep dark brown body. Nice full mouthfeel with small bubbles of carbonation. Finish is dry with excellent roasted notes and just slightly astringent. Not as much chocolate in the taste as the aroma. Just not as clean as I would like, but still the best porter to date.
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted chocolate and coffee nose with a hunt of alcohol and cherries. Surprisingly dry taste, almost sour. Seems overly carbonated on my tounge. There is a woody flavor I'm not used to in porters.
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black beer with toffee-colored head with a marshmellow texture. Light on the aroma, maybe just a hint of smoke. The flavor, though, is wonderful ... robust roasty flavors with a sweet tinge and smooth drinkability. Very good.
Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2004 From the bottle this pours a superb pint,nice thick head,thick and malty.One was enough
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking, bright porter. A bit lighter body and mouthfeel than I'd like, maybe a touch too carbonated. Nevertheless, the taste is wonderful: dry, slightly bitter, balanced roasted character, Yum. Not perfect, but easy to find and tasty.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Even though this is a good porter, I was slightly dissapointed by it. Nice cocoa powder smell, good roasted flavors and well balanced, but the flavors here could stand to be kicked up a few notches. Light coffee and chocolate notes as well.
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best porters I've had. Very chocolaty and heavily roasted flavor. More drinkable than the Oatmeal Stout. Not too bitter, but it lacks the silky texture and creamy head that I love in Anchor Porter. Always a fun choice to pick up. Cheers!
obxdude10 (2151) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch-black in color with a nice tan head, chocolate & coffee in the nose, lots of roasted & burnt flavors, quite malty, more like a stout than a porter though, very smooth & drinkable
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with fine carbonation, fine, tight, slightly brown head. Aroma of chocolate, with a hint of coffee and some sweetness. Taste of black malt and some quite harsh bitterness. Enjoyable enough, but more stout-like than expected.
jerohen (2083) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really love those bottles, quite big (550 ml) and provided with all that info on the back (the belgians can learn from that). Anyway, the beer itself. Very dark brown, medium lasting brown head. Malts and liquorice in aroma, a bit lactic perhaps (like the oatmeal stout). Malty and roasted flavour, bitter finish. I'm not really familiar with the style, but imo this one is quite stout-like for a porter (in contrast to the Fullers London Porter). Good, but not great.