GregClow (2819) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great nearly pitch-black colour with small but nicely tan head. Whiffs of coffee and chocolate that extend from the aroma into the flavour. Goes down smooth and easy with a hint of bitterness sliding into the finish. Yummy!
Nuffield (3639) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nothing porraceous about this one! Classic excellent porter. Colored head, bit of it retained, with lovely iced coffee aroma and a rich flavor that lasts all the way. All-in-all, this beer struck very close to my ípreferred beerí in almost all the dimensions.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex roasted coffe ground flavours with some sweetness to balance.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2003 ruby-blackish hue. Aroma of mocha, vanilla, some fruit. nice beige head. Rich malts, medium bodied. Hops kick in with some citrus in the finish along with espresso and dark chocolate. A very nicely balanced brew, complex and rich. Robust it is, most definately. An excellant porter.
eczematic (1307) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
really black, with a nice tan head. very roasty and rich, but not too thick. lots of grapefruity hops and assorted vegetablenesses like asparagus and lemon mint. vanilla pops up too. whatever, itís complex, very drinkable, very tasty, and i want to try it sober some time.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 Dark brown,near black. Nice,creamy,tan head. Big roasty,espresso,cocoa,and juicy hops in aroma. Bottle Conditioned?? Small,short lived,and khaki head. Flavors are aimed in different directions than aroma.Espresso like palate,with a Malty, and slightly bitter finish.As it warms the bittersweet flavor intensifies and the maltiness in the finish takes over.Robust?I hope to tell ya!Haven't had many porters besides taddy,but I'm betting this is one of the better ones.Good call,Mittenstein.Thanks man!!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maybe Iím partial to it because itís from my home state but....itís really good.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown in color. Pours with medium-sized head, tightly carbonated, very dark tan in color. Medium strength nose, bakers chocolate and tangy hops. Flavors of roasted cofee and dark/bittersweet chocolate ... slight touch of hops.
Overall a solid beer - not the biggest of flavors, but delicious indeed!
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 27, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very dark colour, fine head, deeply complex aroma: blackcurrant, plum, vanilla, coffee and cinnamon; sweet and oily with a long bitter finish - simply wonderful !
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Pours with a nearly opaque dullness. Not so dark foam with excellent stickiness. There is so much going on in this Imperial stout knock-off aroma; wine notes, black cherry/concord grape combo, dark fruits, peanuts, currants, cocoa, coffee bean, citric hops, roasted grain, port wine, chocolate, and whispers of alcohol. Super creamy texture and low carbonation with dryish cocoa characteristics. Slightly acidic, charred, and bitter finish. Flavors are complex, but not like the aroma, with coffee being the main theme. The alcohol is rather warming for being a modest 5.7. The complexity approaches a Baltic Porter, but the medium body and abv keep it from being such. Nevertheless, a long and overdue favorite.