DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ordinarily porters are not my thing. On top of that, after a dreadfully long night drinking Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, I detested the stuff. Perhaps this explains my latetimedness in probiering (trying) this brew. Pleasant was the surprise, reminiscent of Rogue Mocha Porter or possibly even Yuengling Black & Tan. It is mouth-filling and bittersweet of chocolate and complexity of malt. Really one of the better beers Iíve had lately.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubbly head with poor retention. Deep dark brown in color with just a hint of backlight getting through. Dry roasted chocolate aroma with little hop. Rich chocolate malt flavor, with a hint of caramel hiding behind it. The bittering compliments and accents, letting the malt complexity rule. Medium full body, subtle creaminess.
esjoh (7) - USA - JUN 6, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like porters a lot, and this is one of the best Iíve had recently. It had a nice roasted chocolately aroma with minimal bitterness and a smooth finish which really topped off the experience. Great brew!
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 (3927) - 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.