Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is coffee, chocolate and cream. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head. Flavor is very malty and very high in chocolate. Very sweet. Some coffee with cream. Finishes more on the coffee side, with a chocolate and cream aftertaste. This is excellent. A must try. As of beer 71, this tops my list. Don’t know if this makes a difference but bottled in 1997, bottle #0950.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 Black colored, brown lasting head. Aroma has chocolate, caramel sweetness and roasted tones in aroma. Mild alcohol with some fruits comes up also. Almost full bodied. Sweetness, fruits, roastiness and coffee in flavor with medium chocolate. Ends with roasted, mildly bitter, dry and alcoholic tones. Aftertaste is pretty lasting.
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don’t know, tihs beer is an enigma. Pours really great, decent aroma for a porter, nice head and lacing, but the taste seems to be a little off... but in retrospect the flavor is ok. enigma...what the hell. seems like i got kicked in the head by a pack of wild hyenas, and then my throat got ripped out by a flock of roaming vampires and then my essence was drained by a murder of migrant tigers. weird stuff. not great, but not too bad.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black with caramel head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, smoke, and fruit. Strong bittersweet flavors combining very strong, almost burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and mocha, all wrapped up in a smoky blanket. Thick and chewy while smooth and silky. Excellent roasted malt sweetness that finishes with a bittersweet finish. Perfectly balanced.
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with a brown foamy head that shrunk to a lasting ring. Dark molasses nose. Smokey bacon, hints of bitter chocolate and a nice burnt bitterness in the finish. Goes down very easy. Really nice beer.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty, chocolatey aroma. Very dark brown in color, decent tan head. Rich malty flavor of chocolate truffle and nutty Munich malt. Moderate noble hop flavor. Even balance. Full-bodied and smooth. A rich and flavorful porter.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark in color with a nice fluffuy head. Smokey in flavor. Very smokey in flavor. Really good. Malty and hoppy. Aroma of smokyiness like smoked bacon. Good beer.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid black body with a ruby edge and medium tan head. Fantastic aroma of wild cherries, toffee, peat smoke, and dark coffee. Nice toasty malt flavor plus raisins and a touch of smoke. Some subtle bitterness ties it together nicely. Great aftertaste, like you just drank a melted bar of premium chocolate. Luscious thick, creamy body. I could drink this stuff forever.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark with a dark orange head. Walnuts are present in the aroma and the taste. Aroma also has vanilla and some rich malt. The flavor is walnuts at first, changing to largely roast beef and a slight metallic tinge. Also has a cocoa aftertaste that is unique. This is very good and surprisingly medium in the mouthfeel for all of the flavor and taste. Solid entry. I want to try more from the brewer.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW...that is one hell of an impressive porter. It pours a jet black color, complete with this creamy brown and orange head that effervesced greatness. Even before that...during the pour, those first 3 ounces or so that escaped, the aroma was overwhelming.. sweet woods, vanilla and malt engulfed me..I mean absolutely engulfed me! The aroma has roasts, malts, vanilla, basically everything you can ask for in a porter with a hint of smokiness. And of course there's the roasty qualities. The flavor is amazing... roasts, smokiness, sweet malts leading into a mildly smoky, bitter and dry grainy finish. Some semblance of hops in the finish, but nothing overwhelming. Strong chocolate front in mid taste.. perhaps the most perfect dessert beer EVER! Sweet malt base...seriously..i have a new favorite porter!