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!
Goblincat (391) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
vintage 1996. Pours black with a thin tan head. Chocolate malt and coffee nose. Very smooth chocolate and coffee taste. I’m impressed with this offering.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black with small light brown head....aroma is abundant of dark chocolate and coffee, with prominent roasted notes....taste is wonderful, with strong notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and nuts...great palate
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black with a big milk chocolate colored head...aroma is rich and roasty with chocolate and coffee...taste is very sweet and fruity at first...sweet like a raisins...great mouthfeel...nice bittersweet coffee/cocoa finish...
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is just fantastic, thick syrupy grape juice colored nectar. The aroma is mild - likely due to the mellowing of the hops. The flavor is also of red grape, but seems to just be starting to turn. I think this beer is on the downside of its prime, and will be seeking a fresher bottle.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled 11.2 oz. Black with large tan head A suprisingly fruity taste. nice balanced very good. Need to try again.