ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from the bottle. brown looking color. taste is heavy of coffee and chocolate, not bad tasting. malty and chocolate on the nose. smooth drinking, and not very good when really cold (duh). once warmed up a little, this isnt a half bad porter. certainly the best one of my mix pack.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown color. Small sized beige foamy head, with minimal lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with a touch of vanilla. A medium to light bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Slightly spicy hops. Nice balance. Slightly sweet, chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
DocLock (8698) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with minimal off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some chocolate, almonds. Tastes roasty, with a nut and chocolate finish. Solid.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent dark brown with a thin light tan head, that leaves a fine lacing. Aroma has a light cookie dough and caramel presence with mild roasty malt and milk chocolate. Body starts with a nice sugary maltiness tending toward a slightly drier roasty finish with a touch of lactose. Nicely balanced and enjoyable, with good drinkability. Thanks TChrome!
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours dark mahogany color with a nice cream colored head and some light lacing. Aroma is all malt, chocolate and caramel just a hint of roasted nuts.
Flavor is nicely malty, but like other SKA beers, seems to be just a bit short on ingredients. These guys really need to amp things up to address the needs of the modern craft beer drinker. These beers might fly well in the Old Country, but fall short the New World. Rather thin palate as well.
Oh well Nefarious Ten Pin is good.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer spews from the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep brown with ruby highlights, the head portly in size and the consistency frothy with the color a winsome tan and the lace left over a thick sheet to obscure the glass. The nose has a light toasted aroma with a caramel and nut like sweetness, fresh and clean, the start is slightly sweet with a modest malt presence and the top a bit thin in its feel. Finish has a mild acidity and the hops pleasantly spicy, quite dry aftertaste, a pleasant albeit light porter in my estimation.
tomciccateri (1032) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque, with a thick tan head. Medium-bodied where early hops are followed by rich chocolate and black malt falvors and a dry finish. Very easy-drinking.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with a thin head. Biscuits and some roasted malt in the palate. Thin body. Kind of mild for a porter.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a frothy light brown head that sits atop a dark, almost black, clear, amber colored beer. The aroma is fruity at first but then finishes with a solid roasted coffee bean note. The fruitiness again reminds me a bit of cherries. The taste is quite light. It is sweet with a lightly astringent roasted note in the finish. This is again a very light and easy drinking beer that seems quite appropriate as a session porter. This beer has notes of toasted biscuits, cherries, burnt raisins, and a hint of vegetal character perhaps.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle. Pours a dark dark brown with a heavy beige head. Aroma is an enticing roasted chocolate. Don’t chill this beer! Drink it at room temperature. This is a very flavorful chocolate malt tasting ale. Body is medium, not too thick and not too thin. This might be one of the best balanced porters I’ve had in a while.