3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate and nut aroma. Strong malt taste, quick bitter hop hit, smooths out with some coffee flavor and a final chocolate finish. Nice display of fireworks! And thank-you for the lesson in tasting.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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Bold and unforgiving black hue with a sadly shortlived creamy, tan head. Iím truly at a loss for a clever story here...instead, Iím going to give you a recipe for excellent brownies, because thatís what this beer brings to mind.
Youíll need: 2 squares unsweetened chocolate, 1 stick unsalted butter, 1 c. sugar, 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1 c. chopped nuts (optional). Melt chocolate and butter. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, vanilla, and nuts. Pour into a greased 10x6" pan. Cook at 350į for 30 minutes. To bring it inline with this beer, consider grinding a handfull of espresso beans into a powder and sprinkling them on top.
Wonderful balance of rich chocolate sweetness and roasty coffee bitterness. Hops could stand to be, well, nonexistent, but I can deal with them. Significant body with an oily smoothness, broken only slightly by the carbonation. Wie is de kleine krokodil?
12 oz bottle, snifter.
Naes (1) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ahh, the robust porter, one of my favorite beers.
It has a bold black appearance, with a milk chocolate colored head which stays around and clings to the glass. So dark in color, that it is almost impenetrable to light.
This beer has a semi-sweet malt aroma, with hints of roastiness that lets you know that you are in for a treat. The flavor is a roasty malt, with a nice balance of hops. The after taste includes hints of chocolate and coffee.
5.7% ABV and delicious.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a dark browish black with a small well lacing brown head. Looking thicker from the pour than a porter usually is. Aroma is of roasted barley malt and chocolate with obvious yet subtle coffee and caramel notes. Flavor is rich, sweet and chocolately upfront with roasty bitterness to complement. Some slight smoke comes through as well. Surprisingly a fair amount of hops come through in the flavor: citrussy and fruity. Body is very full for a porter with great carbonation. Great porter, though I hear it is being discontinued unfortunately.
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok so I have a weakness for porters, but I REALLY liked this beer. Dark black-brown color with a coffee-colored head and decent strong roasted malty nose. Strong initial flavor of roasted something, giving way to a nice hoppy bite and mellowing to a lengthy aftertaste of bittersweet coffee. Just like a porter should.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap. poured a dark black with a thin head. Smoky malty aroma. Flavor was toffee and coffee. Decent beer
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black color with a thick light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor of roasted and smoked malt with chocolate. Light to medium body, dry mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 Pours dark with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. The flavor is maimly roasted malts. Flavor also has a coffee-like quality, and a fair amount of hoppiness. GOOD BODY, GOOD BREW.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have had this beer many, many times and is a recurrent occupant in my fridge. Robust it is, and leans more towards a stout in character. No problem, frankly I find the stylistic differences to be rather fuzzy anyway. Anway, this beer is dark, hoppy adn roasted, with a full moutfeel and a sweetish but roasty finish.
lamas (1425) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brewed and bottled: 02/05. Opaque jet-black pour with a medium-sized light-brown head that leaves tons of lace. Aroma of creamy coffee, chocolate, cocoa and some bitter hops. Lots of roasty malts and tons of bitter hops in the flavor. A bit hoppier than most porters. Creamy and dark chocolatey. The aftertaste is all bitter hops and cocoa powder. A great porter.