hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
for someone who doesn’t like too many porters i loved this beer. caramel strong head. wondeful roasted coffe toffe flavor and smell. this was so good i dropped a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the second one i had. better than a rootbeer float any day.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(on tap at Portsmouth Brewing) Deep black with small tan head. Nice lace. Roast coffee aroma. Roast coffee flavors with balanced hops and malt. Full bodied. Not a lot of smokiness. They could have called it a stout. Really excellent porter.
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liquid Smoke !!! Pours a dark black color with a creamy beige head. Smells very smokey, very coffeish, with a hint of roasted malts. Tastes like a stout at first sip. Coffee flavor spiced with smoked wood chips best describes the taste. One of the best porters i’ve ever had, if not the best. Excellent.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the VTBrewfest - Poured a dark brown/black with a dense tan head. Aroma was malty with hints of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Excellent mouth feel. Flavor was of roasted malt, coffee astringency and a nice balance of malty sweetness. Finishes off with a smooth, lingering hop bitterness. Really good...
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Baja Bean Staunton VA. Thick, blackish brown color, coffee colored head. Aroma of dark coffee, roasted flavored coffee, toasted malt, chocolate, etc. Mouth filling-- starts like a good draft stout, the sweetness of the porter style comes across in the middle, and it finishes more like a milk or oatmeal stout than a porter. Fantastic on tap.
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. I’m truly at a loss for a clever story here...instead, I’m going to give you a recipe for excellent brownies, because that’s what this beer brings to mind.
You’ll 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 350° 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.