JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown with a big tan head, this porter has a nice body. good roastiness with a rich flavor. Complex, yet drinkable. This is a well done beer.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is dominated my roast and coffee. Taste is agian roasty, chocolatey, smokey, and bitter. Lots of complexity going on here. Finishes malty and bitter. A little too roasty for me for a porter, but still a very drinkable beer.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown and full-bodied. Richly flavored with coffee, chocolate and very smokey. A very nice beer.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown and thick. Lots of malty flavors with some wood-smoke, chocolate and others. Finishes clean and dry. Very nice.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thick small head. one of of the top porters ive had. it was smoother than others. and had good amount of flavoring. malty.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a damn good porter. Well crafted with a nice smoked flavor malt which is complemented with crisp hops. Head is tawny and well maintained. The flavor harbors such treats as chocolate, anise and coffee while the palate is clean, crisp and fresh. It could use a tad more carbonation for my liking. Overall, quite stout-like but still very much a porter.
motelpogo (6507) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle@brickskeller. they sure don´t have much of a tap selection there. anyway, pretty dark and full, quite a nutty coffee aroma. glad to have a dark american beer that has a bitter finish but isn´t ridiculously dry. lingering dark chocolate finish
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Spiesys. One of the beers i bought back from the US. Such a tasty porter, really smoky roasted malt flavour, bitter chocolate to finish, burnt, roasted, some espresso. Nice dry finish, well made, very tasty indeed.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, this isn’t exactly the most robust-bodied porter, but it is flavorful. The oily, rather thin body pours chestnut brown, topped by a thin light tan head. Licorice, molasses, and plenty of roasted, burnt malt in the aroma. Chalky notes complement brown sugar and raisin as well. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt, molasses, a hint of vanilla, woodiness, and a surprisingly bitter hops aftertaste. A bit dry with a touch of soy. Good porter.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer #12 at Spiesy’s. Deep reddish/black colour. This one screams out "coffee" at every turn. Chocolate too and very opulent and sumptuous in feel. Silk might be right in describing it as one-dimensional, but I like it. Perhaps I’m just a simple guy. The only let down was that, in common with a number of the other US beers we sampled, the flavour was nowhere near as intense as the aroma. But perhaps it might have got a bit overwhelming had the aromas carried through - a bit like gorging on rich Belgian chocolates. I thought it was more like a stout too. Bottled.