matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew was one from my 03 Secret Santa, SLOB, Thanks for the terrific surprises buddy!
A deep pool of black with edges of crimson….. the soft fizzy caramel head shortly stands then takes a nap. I take a whiff….. nose of coco, cappuccino, raisins and Smores; you know, marshmallow – gram crackers – chocolate – and campfire.
The flavor is toasty and charred, heavily kilned chocolate malts, lots of hard wood burning camp fire, rustic and heavy on the malt baby!
BRB, I need some water to cleanse the palate…………… Nope, it’s just that smoky & chocolaty…. Nice hops bringing up the tale end here. Silky palate, finish is a bitter/sweet dryness, Good toasty coco malty porter!
Post Note: Hints of Maduro Cigar and black liquorish.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black body, dark tan rocky head. Coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Flavor dominated by bitter chocolate, with a sweetness that lingers in the back of the mouth for a while. Nice.
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ths is a good looking Porter that really comes on as it warms. Toffee aroma with a flavor of chocolate, coffee and caramel underneath. Long smooth finish. Very nice!
crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer was almost perfect. A sweet creamy flavour with coffee and chocolate notes mixed with a mild taste of hops. The only let down was the head was kind of small and was a little water on the tounge. Truly a robust porter.
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious porter aroma, nothing bad or out of the ordinary. Nice, deep, dark, brown colour, just what a porter should be. Head dissipated rather quickly, but I didn't leave very large head to begin with. Flavour is delicious, a bit bitter - but that should decrease a little as the beer warms up. Perfect palate, not too thick like a certain Irish stout we all know, not thin at all. Feels just right.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep chocolate brown. The tan head rose to great heights then subsided all at once. Smell is bitter chocolate and cinnamon; taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and molasses. A decent attempt to combine the porter and spiced Winter beer styles.
Earlier Rating: 7/5/2003 Total Score: 3.8
Black color, light brown head. Delicious aromas of coffee, chocolate and vanilla promise good things to come. The taste is espresso coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate overlaid with a peppy hoppy bite. The finish is smooth with a lingering bitterness and a touch of alcohol warmth. One I'll buy again.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz: Thick, opaque darkness; Black. Hearty aroma, thick with smoke, burnt toast, alcohol, raisins, roasted berries, and dark cocoa powder. A bit chalky on the palate, that somehow turns milky and smooth in the finish. Flavours are chocolately nuts, earthy fruits (plums), and alcohol. In all the flavour was a bit one dimensional, but tasty no less.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark black with ever so slight hints of ruby. A medium creamy tan head. The arom is very nice, hppy grapefruit then loads of chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor is more choclate less hops but still very nice. The body is medium-full and very smooth. A slight bit of plastic flavor develops on the palate after a bit, but it does not detract from the overall beer.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown approaching black. Full, thick, brown head. Super roasty aroma. Burnt toast, coffee, bitter chocolate and a caramel or molasses sweetness. Average body. The flavor is strong and intensely bitter and roasted. Burnt toast dipped in burnt coffee. Some hops in the finish to compliment the roasted character. A nice straight up roasty porter.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured nice and dark with light coffee, malt and chocolate nose. Not much lacing to speak of. Worth trying one.