ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black pour with a beautiful hot chocolate like head that lends to wonderful lacing. I get a rather vineous (port wine) aroma, with a hint of yeastiness. Smells great. Wow, there is a lot going on here. Exceptionally smooth, that port wine flavor eases you into a delightful smokey, woodsy middle finishing with dark chocolate and coffee. I have been waiting for this for a long while, and it hasn’t disappointed.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one is well past the best before 27/6/03 date in the 33cl bottle; the nose on this one is rather fruity (dark fruits), chocolatey, bready, and has a cherry undertone; the flavor presents a lovely, fruity, nutty, chocolate, burnt coffeeness that has some earthy woodiness....so nice; not much hop character to me, and the mouth-feel is rather smooth and silky. It also has a substantial, but restrained alcoholic presence. This is a wonderful brew
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, very thick pour with a dense tan head. Smells strong, roasted, and full of dark fruit. Very thick palate with a tremendous dark roasted flavor. Lasting alcoholic sensation down the throat.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/31/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA 7/24/04. Pours an opaque black with hints of brown. Fluffy, dense head like an ice cream float, light brown in color. Very nice. Lacing is a bit blotchy but respectable. Nose is lightly sour woody, lots of berries, and a hint of molasses and vanilla extract. Only faint roastiness. Flavor reveals again the bright woody bite but foregrounds the roastiness a little bit more. Also some shades of the acidic dark berry. And then there's a strange flavor that I can only equate (and only approximately) to the sudsy head of a root beer float (but not the rest of the float). Weird. Finish is not as complex as I’d hope. Some dark caramel and creamy malts creep in, but otherwise the flavor kind of falls off rather quickly. Medium body with a little too much carbonation and kind of a broken-down feeling in the mouth. It’s very drinkable, but not quite as rewarding as I’d hoped.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in 2000 - Bitter sweet chocolate aroma. The chocolate flavor dominates throughout, with just a touch of bitterness to balance. All in all a decent porter.
CapFlu (4821) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(33cl bottle) Purchased at the Party Source in Syracuse, NY. Long past the Best Before date of June 27, 2003 - Gotta love that Party Source!!! Its SO cute in the small bottle - the Finn culture must be equally small and adorable! Pours a medium, brown, frothy head and an opaque body. Nose of deep molasses and dark caramel squares. Nice oily texture. Slightly fizzy with flavours of roasted malt, coffee grounds and cocoa powder. Very good.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very dark with brown head. Marshmallow, chocolate, coffee, tootsie roll aromas. Rich w/light acidity to cleanse chocolate, toffee, coffee, grounds, and some bitter chocolate and a roasted malt finish.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into tulip glass. Thanks to Suttree (my Secret Santa) for this one. Smell was roasty and toasty, definitely full of malt, with dark chocolate notes and a funkiness that I can only describe as reminiscent of damp green vegetables (that brought the score down a bit). It poured with a huge light brown head, creamy to rocky in texture; opaque black in the glass. The taste was dominated by a roast coffee flavor that was nicely full and strong. It was tainted, however, by the flavorful analog to the veggie smell; thankfully, that was barely noticable, and after the first few sips, you either get used to it or it goes away. Nice finish carries the roasty toasty malt flavors for a good amount of time. In light of the strength of the flavor, the mouthfeel was on the watery side, but since this is a porter and not a coffee stout, that’s understandable. Despite the medium body, it was smooth and creamy. I like when a beer (especially porter) can fill the mouth with taste; this one definitely does.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle. Purchased at Dirty John’s. Aroma of hops and coffee. Fluffy brown head floats above a dark black ale. Milky body, so rich and thick. Strong coffee and chocolate overtones followed by a great hop bitterness. Enough alcohol to let you know that you’re drinking an adult beer. This is glory in a bottle. It may very well be the finest porter I have ever had out of a bottle. Sweetness of the ale is balanced by a generous hop bittering unit dose. These Finns know what they’re doing. Race out to try this porter. You will like it.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting, a porter that doesnt make me want to kill a small kitten after drinking it. Dark with a thin chocolaty brown/grey head. The nose is sweet and bitter with a buch of malts. The taste definately have a cool chocolate feel to it. Not bad overall.