SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly black with a hint of red. A nice sweet and roasted nose. Chocolate, milky. The roasty flavor prevails, with a decent hop bitterness to accentuate the roastiness. Not very complex, but tasty and enjoyable. Extremely well balanced and it coats the palate well. Solid. Overall a very fine offering. On a side note I had a bottle from 1982 of this in 2004 and it held up amazingly well.
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Good porter but not a strong as iíve come to expect. A little disappointing for a Sierra Nevada
Dowdfather (8) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004 does not count
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 Bit new at this so Iíll make it short but sweet. Average tasting compared to others Iíve had (which are not alot but really good!). Would have given higher overall if not for aftertaste which was a bit sour or bitter?? A bit watery tasting as well. Not watered down, but watery? Iíve re-rated, it began to taste better to me over the course of the six pack. Not the most technical rendition but will have to do until I get the hang and sample more beers.
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
roasted maltiness, very smooth mouthfeel, ends with a little hoppy bite, hints of chocolate, nutty
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good stuff. Lots of chocolatey malt flavors, hop flavors in finish, nice head. I still like their Pale Ale better, but I have yet to be dissappointed with this brewing company.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
slightly smoky roasted aroma...hints of dark chocolate and coffee; flavor was similar but also had hints of sourness and vinegar (somewhat odd for a porter)...decent palate; i wouldnt buy this beer again
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this is a good porter, dark with a foamy head, looks nice. Good initial flavor but finishes a little sour. Enjoyed it.
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a surprisingly good porter. The first thing I noticed after pouring it into a glass was a lasting foamy head and deep mocha color. Very smooth silky mouthfeel. The taste, however, brings the entire thing down. It has a quite sour aftertaste, not the greatest attribute.
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out dark brown color with a head. Nut aroma. Nice flavor, nutty and roasted malt. Kinda hoppy. Very smooth. Nice brew.
piscator34 (1974) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown (almost black) with red hints. Aromas are predominently of roasted grain, nuts, and hops. Flavor wise, there is some chocolate and coffee going on, but nothing too sweet. Lots of hop bitterness, which I havenít really encountered before in a porter, but itís still nice. Above average mouthfeel. A solid, but unspectacular beer.