jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I normally donít care for porters, but this one is quite nice.
Pours dark with a short tan head. Smells of roasted malts, slight chocolate and spicy hops. Taste is quite flavorful, heavily roasted and pretty hoppy toward the end. Like the last rater said, good for a readily accessible porter.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark mahogony pour with a nice tan head. There are a lot of smells to this one...I noticed a salty.bitter smell like soy sauce, the sweetness of the roasted malt and a slight alcohol smell. The palate was a bit thin, and the hops tasted a perfumey to me. Overall, itís not too bad for a readily accessible porter.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep roasted chocolate malt aroma. Alcohol and dry bitter chocolate flavor. Too harshly carbonated. Dry finish
chispito (21) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
It looked a little thin when I poured it, but that didnít seem to correspond to the mouthfeel at all. Beige head fades rather quickly. Hoppy smell foreshadows what I found to be the biggest fault: itís too hoppy for a porter. I have had stouts this hoppy and I liked them, but the combination of smoky/bitter can become just a little too much. Other than that, it was nice, with some prominent chocolate and sweet coffee, a very nicely balanced smokiness/roastedness that doesnít overbear. Prefer Anchor Porter.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 In my opinion a very front faced, average porter. Filling coffee flavor and chocolate. Deep dark brown, tan head, normal.
DanielBrown (3893) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Vendome Liquor, North Hollywood, Los Angeles. The last of my US beers... Dark brown colour, rather than black, with a small white head and big lacing. A firm, dryish flavour, especially on the finish. A light bodied, thin feeling Porter. Fresh aroma. Drinkable, but not the most complex, and less exciting than my recent spate of Milds.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with an inch of rocky head; either Iíve completely lost all sence of smell or this really doesnít have any; mild flavor thatís quite drinkable, some roasted chocolate and coffee flavor; pretty balanced, though maybe a little on the bitter side over the finish line; this would be *great* if it had a little more malt background, or maybe just a tad less bitterness; SN knows what itís doing, though, for sure.
omestes (6) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2004 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A little too mild for my tastes, needs more hops. Good color, if still kinda pale. Good dark head. Good aroma. Just kinda bland in the stout world.
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty, chocolate aroma; pours Coca-Cola color with a small tan head. Very smooth. Bittersweet chocolate and generic roasted flavors. Easy drinking; pretty good.
Kevin (2098) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, nice pour, bark brown, not quite black with thick tan head. smoky roasted aroma, very nice.the caramel and chocolate malt really comes through on this. it is very good. finishes well also. a very good beer. i really like porters and i really like this brew.