lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, cream, and sugar
Appearance: dark brown, tan head, lacing
Flavor: baker’s chocolate, coffee, cream, brown sugar
Palate: smooth, creamy, a bit of bitter baker’s chocolate and cream aftertaste
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a tan head that left thick lacing on the glass. Fruity malt aroma with a slight hint of chocolate. Taste is bitter roasted chocolate with very little sweetness. I found the bitterness to be somewhat unbalanced and unpleasant, but still a good porter.
drew88 (5) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I loved this beer! The chocolate aroma and its nutty after swallow was a treat for my palate. I found my favorite porter.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown frothy head atop a black beer. Does not pass the flashlight test but is definitely darker than the style nazis would like. Huge caramel and chocolate aromas with a small hint of grassy hops. Some figiness too. Very full mouthfeel with a lot of sweet dextrins. A big burnt character with enough malty backbone to balance out the dryness of all the black patent. This is a great porter.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black w/tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, soy. Palate is dry and a bit chalky,,lots of great roasted malt flavor. A little sour note, but absolutely nothing unpleasant about this porter..Alot of good flavor. Great.
ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely flavorful porter, with no detectable flaw. Very drinkable; like it better than Anchor’s, or Sierra’s, which were my previous choices for bottled porters...
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black or dark brown. Big and thick creamy head of tan. Nice lacing. It looks awesome. Aromas of dark malts such as chocolate and roast. Coffee comes out with some bittering hops. There’s some lactose. Flavor is pretty strong on the bitter coffee. It effectively mutes the chocolate presented in the nose. There is a lot more roast present as well. Slightly milky flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. Stickhy and lingering palate with a bitter and roasty finish. This beer surprised me. I had not thought it would be so good. Thanks DYC!
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark black with a medium size tan head. Rich, roasted malt aroma with
hints of coffee and hops. Roasted malt flavor with lots of coffee, chocolate
and a dry, hoppy finish.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich black color with a crimson blood pour, light smoke colored head & lacing. Nose of bittersweet milk chocolate, vanilla beans, tobacco and Worcestershire sauce (minus the salt). The roast level is present but not too astringent. It tastes bitter with the typical roast levels, nothing too unexpected. Has an astringent finish that ends dry. This is a fairly full bodied & complex porter.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Robust? I’d say. Bottle. Black. Very black. I poured it and the room got dark. Virtually no head to speak of, just a collection of tan bubbles. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Very sweet aroma. Some soap (?!) too. First sip ... very roasty. Also, very chocolatey and coffee-y. It finishes a little hoppy and bitter, and dry. Overall, it’s not too bad