MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1996 vintage, bottled. Quite frankly, I thought that this porter looked a hell of a lot better than it actually was. Which wasn’t bad, but just had to be a bit of a letdown. It was a dark, dark rich pour, with a fantastic nose of coffee and burnt sugar. Alas, after that, it was a bit thin tasting, with only a shadow enormous taste I’d been expecting. It was kind of treacly, but also kind of chemically, too.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark obsidian with a nice 1" tan head
Smells wonderful chocolate,coffee and toffee..I was disappointed in the taste
I liked the taste of treacle and its maltiness but the bitter astringent finish put me off...
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of roasted malt and brown sugar. Black-brown body with a gorgeous milkshake-like creamy-tan head. Lacing clings to glass. Roasted malt flavor with a sweet, sour, bitter finish. Flavor also includes black coffee and a hint of licorice. Medium finish.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black color with a baige head. Roasted coffee, licorice aroma and taste, with some fruits in there. Medium to full body and a dry finish.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with small beige head. Roasted malty aroma with soem chocolate. Flavor is malty with a fine bitter touch.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one was a fancy vintage bottle (1997) and also numbered (#1921). This porter has restored my intrestet in porters. Deep dark brown pour with a lingering tan head...attractive. Very nice aroma with some dark berry scent coming through the expected roasted malty nose. Nice raosty balance with coffee and a sweet maltiness. And best of all, no burnt flavor! Yum yum.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good beer. I was pleasantly suprised and now this tops my porter list. Fruity aroma with hints of bitter chocolate and alcohol. Body is dark and black with a nice tan head. Flavor is good with fruit, coffee and roasted malts. Very nicely balanced and a pleasure to drink with none of the burn malt often found in lesser porters. Good palate and a must on my repurchase list
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ HBK Black Beer Festival, Nynäshamn Backlog 26 Nov 2004
Slightly acidic. Plenty of salty licorice. Remembered this as a classic beer, but at this festival it only managed to reach average.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Dark brown colour, brown, bubbly, medium, though quickly disappearing head. Molasses and cinnamon aroma. Bitter chocolate taste, with hnits of molasses and toffee. Lasting medicine-bitter finish. This bitterness is so awful that it spoiled the beer for me. Very nice, complex flavour, but again way too bitter to be really enjoyable.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black beer w/ a short lived light milk chocolate brown head. Chocolate malted milk shake, toasty wheat bread malt and diacetyl dominate at first. Some caramel that is toffee paired w/ the diacetyl. Roast is an afterthought. Very little fruitiness. Well balanced, but sweet malt flavored with chocolate and caramel. Bready malt flavor, semi sweet finish, like Nestle tollhouse morsels, and a lightly roasty dry aftertaste. Very little fruitiness in the flavor, but it is lightly raisiny. Very smooth bodied, well hidden alcohol, fuller medium body, low carbonation. Damn! This is a good beer. Alcohol is a little high for a session beer, but is well hidden and could be sort of dangerous if you are a porter or stout lover. Well Done!