GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 Bottle. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla and oaky bitterness. Smooth beginning with a nice flavors roasted caramel malts and coffee undertones. This slightly sweet smoothness is complimented with a bitter-hoppy finish. Definiterly still tasting vanilla. The base is alittle watery for my liking...would be amazing if it was unfiltered.
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours jet black with a thin tan head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is sweet roasted caramel malt and black coffee with a nose that is tart and fruity hop that makes you salivate just thinking about the tartness. Plums and honey also come through in the aroma. The flavor is bitterly sweet dark roasted coffee with a hoppiness on the end. The palate is dark and dry with a fizzy and tingling mouthfeel. Some thick lacing.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:Cofee and light chocolate
Appearance:Black with a good head
Flavor:Chocolate and small cofee torefaction.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large thick tan head. Very dark brown almost black body. Aroma is a nice roasted malt and some nuts. Hints of good coffee. I love a roasty porter. Taste is a very full bodied toast and coffee. Hints of dark chocolate and even raspberries. This also has a little vanilla. A slick almost creamy mouthfeel. This is very nice. Everything a porter should be.
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 (1164) - 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...