fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, reddish-black color. It actually looks a lot like a porter. The palate is a bit more watery than I expected, but not too bad. The flavor seems unremarkable until the beer warms up a bit. Then it becomes much more complex; there's some roasted malts, chocolate, and even a hint of sourness in the finish. A good winter beer.
PorterPounder (7108) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, cola like appearance with a tan head. Aroma is nice with elements of chocolate and bubble gum. The palate is lacking in this one, expected a thick chewy brew when looking at the color and the aroma. Elements of chocolate, cherries and rhubarb, but just not as "thick" as I expected. Finish is strong though. A decent "winter ale".
Aurelius (4999) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Odd aroma of prunes, wet dogs and sweet chocolate. Decent label, schwarz-y appearance to the beer. Chocolately-lactose, fairly acidic, lightly hopped. A little under-carbonated, maybe a bit watery. Pretty smooth drinking, with just a twinge of coffee in the backend.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet caramel nose, and coffee malt. Color is a deep red, almost black with a small amout of head. Mouthfeel is smooth but very full bodied. Flavor has a nice creamy malt feel to it with a decent bitterness to it.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth and malty (drink this one very warm!) - full of interesting flavors - burnt caramel, vanilla, chocolate covered coffee beans. Palate was silky smooth with a slight tingle of carbonation at the end. This finishes dry, hoppy and with a sweet roast that lingers. Only 6%, but it seems like one that would mellow nicely with age.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark malt aroma with more than a touch of spices and molasses. Full, rich body with rustic oatmeal texture. Cappucino-colored head. Slight bitter finish put the final touches on a tasty ale.
TAR (2650) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ornate cherry. Frothy, ashen foam blanket. Lovely aroma of grainy malts, toasted wood, and Ringwood yeast. Beautifully understated airy esters dressed with unsweetened chocolate, chalk, smoke, buttered malts, leather, and leafy hops. Light swirl releases the fruity esters. Mellow, creamy, and slightly sandy carbonation. Woody malt flavors dipped in chocolate and luxurious caramel. Light perfume, soft nuttiness, and leather notes coincide with subtle black cherry esters. Creamy chocolate notes leisurely build toward the finish alongside woody malts, dates, chalk, and Ringwood yeast. Delicate note of unsweetened chocolate perfectly matches the brushing earthy bitterness at the back of the throat. Leaf and soil notes linger beneath a flavorsome English yeast backbone. Breathtaking English ale; if I could only say that about the rest of their line. Thanks, matta!!
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with a thick off-white lacy head.Roasted coffee/bitter chocolate flavor balanced with a nice sweetness. Good ale
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice sweet aroma with roasted malt. Small, light beige head. Deep and rich garnet color, almost opaque. Roasted coffee/bitter chocolate flavor balanced with a nice sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Very nice winter ale.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2002: I’ve let this beer sit for many, many months now.
Surprisingly opaque; the body is as crimson black as moonless night on the ocean, a kaki dense sea foam head rest calmly. The nose is full with raisins, coco, and roasted coffee beans. It smells toasty and inviting.
Wow, almost porter like. The flavor is large with notes of burnt coffee, chocolate malts, toffee, and gooey sugar rolled ripened figs. Some smoky notes of molasses, and then cola make themselves known. This is much too enjoyable! The palate is medium, somewhat prickly, the finish is a smoky coffee with a dash of nutmeg. –Surprisingly good brew -Best once it has warmed up to 60-65!