Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little Hoppier than I would prefer,but not too bad. Nice malts - the smokiness was a little too burnt tasting for my taste. The beer is better than I make it sound - Robust indeed
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good heavens, this is excellent. Dry and bitter, this is nearly black, with ruby highlights. This has every dark ale flavor--fruit, bitterness, chocolate, espresso, toastiness, sweetness--put together wonderfully. Excellent hop aroma. Less hop flavor, and more bitterness, than Avery Porter. One of the best I've had.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nicely done. Dark brown with an antique white head. Fairly light bodied. Not thin, but light. Heavily roasted with a good hop bitterness within. Hints of chocolate, black coffee, and a touch of fruitiness. Wonderful stuff.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an opaque dark brown to black body topped by a thick lasting tan head with lots of lace left on the glass. Slightly sweet and roasty malt aroma with smokey notes. Roasty, smokey malt flavor with a slight sweetness and a smokey malt finish. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
notalush (4457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Porter. Nearly opaque, but not head and very little lacing. Decent malty, chocolate aroma. Tastes like coffee, hot cocoa, hops near the back of the tongue. Decent body and good maltiness. Finish is a touch bitter - baker's chocolate. The most chocolate porter I've had, and that counts Rogue Mocha Porter.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Had this on draft at the Taphouse in Norfolk. Beautiful color. Pitch black with little head. Smells of hops and coffee. Stronger than I prefer. The hops seem dominant in the aroma. The taste is better with more coffee and cocoa coming out. Finishes bitter with hops being evident. Good beer, though. ***Re-rate. Just had this again on draft at County Grill in Yorktown. Much better than before. Pours a rich blackened brown with ruby edges. Small brown head. Aroma is roasted but sweet with some brown sugar notes. Taste is coffee and dark chocolate. On top of it all, it went well with the pulled-pork BBQ I had. Complimented the meat and sauce spot-on. Finish was a tad bitter but doesn't detract. Time to pump the rating up for this!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a good porter! Very smooth, creamy and easy to drink. Coffee-esque flavor and a chocolate milk aroma/flavor. Just a perfect touch of bitterness in the finish. Impressive.
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown colour, almost like a stout. Thick with little head and a roasted aroma. Initial flavour is very sweet and the roasted aspect comes through in the middle, ending with a hoppy finish.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark pour, with a slight hint of rubyness around the edge. Head was small and tan, and left light lace on the glass. Aroma is all roasted - some coffee, chocolate, and hint of caramel. Flavor starts of quite sweet, with a little caramel in there, middle becomes more roasted coffee-like, with hints of chocolate. Body is medium, flavor lingers. This brew goes down very smooth.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black with a tan head. The nose is roasty and chocolate. The flavor is is roasted and espresso turning to a dry, then bitter finish. Very complex and well balanced. Thanks to Captain Flurries for this one!!