goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an almost opaque dark brown, with a slight garnet tinge to it. Head is medium in size, dark tan in color, leaves good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, light dough, and mild chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate. Body is medium, medium carbonation, and goes down quite smooth.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a huge beer with tons of flavor. Chocolate, fruits and roasty flavors are overwhelmed by raisin which lasts through the finish. I would prefer the raisin were toned down a bit. But still a monster beer.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tan, mostly diminishing head. Coffee aroma. Good color that made me want to drink it. Rather sweet, with coffee and chocolate high lights. I was pleasantly surprised, I just took a stab when I picked this up at liquormart. Porters are fastly becoming my favorite.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Opaque black body topped by a thick tan lasting head with lots of lace. One of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen. Sweet banana nut like aroma similar to baking banana bread with a slight smokey and chocolate background. Slightly sweet banana nut like malt flavor with a smokey chocolate background and finish. Great flavor. slightly dry and full bodied.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderfully dark with a huge head. Aroma of molasses, some caramel, a bit syruppy. Appropriate palate. Nicely roasted flavour, with some coffee and vanilla, more caramel.
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in 1997 # 3057. In my case head was minimal. Deep brown, almost opaque. Highly refined rich and complex aroma. High notes of alcohol that merge well with biter chocolate and pinch of sugar. Mild on front but when it spreads around your mouth you can appreciate its nobility. Neither heavy nor crude. Nice example, rather smoother thank most porters.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
extremely dark in color. The aroma is very complex, vanilla, caramel come through. The palate is a bit light for my taste, however the complexity of the dark malt is really wonderfull.
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a classic, strong in alcahol, yet not alcaholic, deep rich, an almost coffeeish taste. More complexity and flavor than dry stouts which makes this beer more enjoyable.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
almost as dark as coal,good aroma . roasty chocolate malt, quite dry, malt grapes, nicely burned flavour.a touch of licorice,and a dash of coffee,nice porter.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with huge rocky dense head.Malt nose. Good roasted flavor. In some circles it is actually considered an imperial stout