Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black or dark brown. Big and thick creamy head of tan. Nice lacing. It looks awesome. Aromas of dark malts such as chocolate and roast. Coffee comes out with some bittering hops. There’s some lactose. Flavor is pretty strong on the bitter coffee. It effectively mutes the chocolate presented in the nose. There is a lot more roast present as well. Slightly milky flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. Stickhy and lingering palate with a bitter and roasty finish. This beer surprised me. I had not thought it would be so good. Thanks DYC!
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark black with a medium size tan head. Rich, roasted malt aroma with
hints of coffee and hops. Roasted malt flavor with lots of coffee, chocolate
and a dry, hoppy finish.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich black color with a crimson blood pour, light smoke colored head & lacing. Nose of bittersweet milk chocolate, vanilla beans, tobacco and Worcestershire sauce (minus the salt). The roast level is present but not too astringent. It tastes bitter with the typical roast levels, nothing too unexpected. Has an astringent finish that ends dry. This is a fairly full bodied & complex porter.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Robust? I’d say. Bottle. Black. Very black. I poured it and the room got dark. Virtually no head to speak of, just a collection of tan bubbles. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Very sweet aroma. Some soap (?!) too. First sip ... very roasty. Also, very chocolatey and coffee-y. It finishes a little hoppy and bitter, and dry. Overall, it’s not too bad
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of charcoal, coffee, and chocolate. Very nice roasted flavor, with some of that chocolate in the aftertaste. Good stuff.
hershiser2 (1419) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells and tastes of chocolately coffee, but mostly coffee. Roasted, tasty malts all throughout. Finishes dry. Very nice.
Ungstrup (30385) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A black beer with a chocolate brown head. The aroma is of chocolate and coffee. While the flavor is sour with notes of coffee leading up to a dry end. But the body is unfortunately thin. Thanks Mike for trading this one with Jeppe.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome looking porter. Dark, dark brown body topped with a thick, foamy, beige head. Roasted malt aroma. Mostly coffee in the flavor. A little bit of chocolate, a little burnt. Great porter!
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body, thick brown head. Coffee, lots of it, in the aroma with a roasted tone. Dark roasted almost burned flavor, again with plenty of coffee, Little thin in the finish. Another good one from Mike (Eyedrinkale)!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks to slob! Pours ebony brown with a large foamy tan head that diminished mostly. Lovely aroma, rich roasty chocolatey malts and floral, earthy hops. Sweet, sweet malt flavor, hints of chocolate with a coffee bitterness and tart and dry, hop finish. Full body and tingly carbonation. Very enjoyable beer. Yea Bert!