Tejas (882) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big coffee aroma which was nice. I suspect the aroma category will skew my rating higher than I’d like it to be. Taste is coffee roastiness initially but as it warmed some hop flavors emerged, which tasted a bit soapy- boo! This is probably my favorite SN product but even then it’s average. I’ll reach for Fullers or Anchor before this. One & Done.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A near black beer with very little head. The aroma is sweet roastiness and caramel malt. The taste is roastier than the taste, I would have called this a stout were I tasting it blind (shows what I know!) not complex in any way but pleasantly drinkable.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Fun to see I’m the 500th person to rate this. Pours dark with a red hue, light coffee foam head. Aroma is mostly malt and fairly light. Flavour is sweet malt, fairly rich, over carbonated and some burnt malt flavours. Quite strong flavoured but not complex and only OK. Not brilliant.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(on bottle) A real consumer product, and that don´t have to be a bad thing. Very un-complex porter on the light side. Dark brown color, sent of burnt mash, some small smoked notes in a maltymouth.
TedStryker (5) - Oceanside, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For me, it’s a great beer on tap. As far as bottles are concerned, it’s an ordinary porter.
HighlanderOne (1024) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RERATE 4/2005 - Malt and some banana in the aroma. The taste is where the hops really kick in. Very unique - kind of a burnt chocolate / hops / malt mix. Gets better as it warms. Pleasing aftertaste
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with ruby highlites at the edges where it meets the thick tawny head. Roasted malt, vanilla, caramel and lightly roasted coffee in the aroma. Flavors were about what I expected from the aroma with the addition of a nice subtle bitter hoppy kick in the finish. Hard to beat this porter if you’re looking for an easily accessable everyday (evening) porter.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is sweet, caramely, and chocolatey. Starts nice and malty sweet with some mild hoppy bitterness and a sticky and dry caramel finish with lingering dark chocolate notes. Well balanced, but could be a little thicker. A decent porter though.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich dark beer with a beige head.Nice sweet chocolate / coffee aroma,but the taste doesnt have the same impact.Good malty flavour,but slightly bitter on the finish which Im not used to.I like it,but I prefare the Anchor Porter.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown transparent, biege head. Has some roasty aroma, nothing to strong. Roast, toasty flavor which strengthens at the finish.