chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - think and dark. Very creamy. Dark malt and chocolate flavors. Excellent hop finish to cleanse the palate.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, dark brown black with tan head. Aroma of malt with plenty of hops, spice, and I caught a whiff of cigarette smoke (?). Nice roasted malt, dark chocolate, medium to full body. Dark bitter finish, with some coffee and chocolate hanging around. A solid and delicious porter that might comments cannot do justice to. Whatcha think, August, a good time to get into porters? Do I need to be warmed up any more than I already am? Great beer.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black, and almost opaque like a porter or stout should be. Taste of bitter chocolate and coffee, more complexity than I expect from a porter, but I would have preferred more dark malt taste. Good hoppy finish.
jgb9348 (4633) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark dark brown colour with a nice light brown head. Roasted malt smell with a slight aroma of grapes. Flat taste, even with noticable head. Bittering tastes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The aftertaste is very bittering and a bit hoppy. A good porter, but I don't think it ranks up there with the best. I bought this 12 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.
1more4dessert (329) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very deep garnet-red ochre color. Beautiful balance, complex and crisp, dry, hoppy finish
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent brown head with dissipates into soe very nice lacing. Aroma of predominently roasted coffee with a bit of dark chocolate. Color is basically black with some black cherry red around the edges. Flavor is smooth with more coffee and malts. Finish is smooth and a little bitter (nice) from the hops and leaves a lingering bittersweet chocolate and coffe taste. A good porter and as with all porters, not a beer for the feint of heart.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin but foamy head. Taste is malty and chocolaty with hints of coffee. Mild bitter finish. Nice.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown/black, nearly opaque. Roasty nose with coffee, licorice, motor oil. Super blast of flavor--licorice and chocolate, medium sweet, with a good bitter hop kick at the end. Like a liquified rich chocolate torte.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, almost black, decent head and lace. Nose of seared, roasted barley, coffee, hints of chocolate and more. Medium bodied, lots of black malt character, somewhat burnt flavors, coffee bitterness, an underlying sweetness to balance things out. Dryish finish to round out a very good porter, wish I had taken better notes. Will try again for sure.
Terminus (3216) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 bottle-RBSG-6/28/03. Definately one of the suprises of the night. This porter is one of the best around! Roasted, peat and choclolate aroma. Very black/dark for a porter-just a hint off of stout-like. palate was full of roasted notes(malt), some chocolate and a good hop bite on the finish. maybe Volgon can hook me up with some more of this :)
ReRate-bottle-Its been a long week and I havent had a beer in about a week. I have been stressed with finals. I decided to crack this one open from my secret santa box. Like in the previous rating, it pours very dark for a poerter-about 92% black i would say. Tan head that leaves a rim around the glass. Its more viscus than many of the ilk. Big chocolate aroma followed with hits of burnt char, earthy tones, chocolate chip cookies, and dark malt husks-wonderful! This beer has a great mouthfeal. the finish is long with lots of char, chocolate and those malt husks. This is one under-rated porter. As the beer warmed, the aroma became even better, showing maple surup and a slight butterscotch note (and it wasnt diacytl) it has awesome balance and is a big beer for its style and abv. I need more smuttynose beers!