stiffy42j (68) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
lager glass from bottle. small tan head, sweet roasty aroma. Tasted strong but not overwhelming, fairly bitter though. Wish i could focus in on flavor a bit more. Seemed a bit thin but probably because it was after an oatmeal stout. Give it a try, you’ll most likely find it better than my comments suggest!
larsga (6553) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Small, dark-beige head; very dark, nearly opaque red-black body. Deep, sweet licorice aroma with hints of hops. Taste is strong, roasty, and smooth, with a nice, bitter finish. A good porter, but not as complex as I might wish. Very drinkable, though. (0.33l bottle self-poured in lager glass.)
pintbypint (2817) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 12 fl oz bottle. Poured a deep brown shade with ruby highlights. Light layer of tight bubbles formed the head, tan coloured. Deep chocolatey, roasty aroma with background hops. Velvety smooth texture. Chocolate malt taste, roasty middle. Finish is hoppy and roasty with coffee notes.
GregClow (2952) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Very dark ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aroma that reminds me of really high quality dark chocolate, with some coffee and nuts in the background. Flavour has the same profile, with a nicely hopped finish. Body is on the thin side for my preference, but is suitable for the style. I didn’t enjoy this as much as their stout, but it’s still pretty damn good, and would be a great session beer.
blankboy (6435) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & jerc -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours ruby-black with a quickly diminishing tan head. Very mild aroma of coffee, light hops, roasted malt, chocolate and nuts. The flavour follows the aroma but it’s too mild, it needs more coffee, more hops, more everything. Both the aroma and flavour have much less hops than I’m accustomed to from Sierra Nevada beers which, along with it being too mild, makes this a good beer but not a great one.
Dick1984LS (29) - 29 Palms, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark dark and yummy made my tastebudds go hey "hey give me another" and i dont remember most of last night.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark black with small white head. Smells of coffee and has similar taste. Rich in flavor and is complimented by smokiness and hop bite. Smooth going down and is quite delightful.
sirphobos (32) - 29 Palms, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
considering the fact that this was followed by Budwieser it seems like the greatest beer ever made. in reality its a good beer that i could sit back and just drink and not be overwhelmend by a single flavor, a good balance of flavors.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Bottle (12oz) - Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - courtesy of yours truly. Poured dark brown, clear, with a small quick-vanishing light tan head. Aroma of pure cocoa dark chocolate, plenty of hops, espresso, roasted malt and a hint of fruit. Taste started creamy-chocolate sweetish and quickly morphed to a coffee-hop bitter - ultimately dominated by the bitterness, which lingered on for quite some time. Mouthfeel was creamy and acidic, with average body for the type. I liked it, but their stout is better and their pale ale is ... terrific. Decent porter, if a little one-dimensional.
jercraigs (8294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 July 2007. Bottle at beerbistro. Glad I decided to re-rate this, as it was much better on this occasion. Black body with a small tan head. Green hoppy aroma with underlying muted dark roast malt. Moderately bitter flavour is a melange of hop and roast bitterness. (7+) Average palate is a bit thinner than I like my porters but seems to work for it. 7+/3/7+/3/15 - 3.6
<P>August 2005. Very dark brown, not quite black, body. Small tan head lacks longevity. Vaguely smoky ashen aroma, mild acidity that carries over to the flavour. Acidic ashen notes over dry malt, some bitterness. Mild roast in the finish. Dry bitter aftertaste lingers. Thin to average palate. Better beer than I am showing here, but it is not for me. 5/3/6/3/12 - 2.9