jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
impressive frothy tan head. very roasty and smoky nose, some coffee. body is heavy and complex, like burnt oak and coffee. nice and thick, with a crisp bitter finish.
OldGrowth (2864) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Good nose, Coffee with cream in it. Clean reddish/blackish brown color. Nice head tan/brown. Roasted bitter flavors. Coffee, chocolate, grapefruit, carmel all come to mind. Nice mouth feel Kinda syrupy, bitter finish. Another winner from Smuttynose. I can't beleive I haven't had this one sooner. I'll be having this alot more.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Deep black colour with a rich brown head. Miles of roasted malt flavours. Rich smooth chocolate flavour. Lovely roasted flavours. Rich nose and silky palate make this beer a real treat.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black pour with a light tan head. Nice aroma. Slim chocolate aroma. Some roasted coffee as well. Smoked taste. Hoppy as well. Very impressive! A very well done Porter. I'm really glad I had the chance to try this beer. Bought this 12 oz bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque dark brown with a sticky brown chocolate small head, rapidly becomes a film. Aroma of big columbian coffee beans, dark chocolate, milk blended in a rather low-profile expressiveness. Taste is also coffeeish in its malt development, but an unexpected strong piney/resinous/citrusy bitterness indicate a large hop presence and make the finish very long. Medium bodied and perhaps a tad overcarbonated, but I'm judging it against its Great Lakes rival. Good porter that wears its name with great pride, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected. I prefer the clean smokey/roasty to straightforward citrusy bitter finish I guess.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good roasted malt aroma with coffee and chocolate coming through. Light brown full head with a black opaque color. Really good roasted malt flavor with a slight sweetness from the caramel malt? Rich expresso type coffee flavor but not overly bitter. An excellent example of a robust porter!
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown-black and a thin tan head. Smoky aroma here and coffee-smoke flavors. Nicely bittered. Bit thin.
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black appearance with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and dark fruit. Roasted malt, wood, and bitter chocolate flavor. An above average porter.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really like the label...Nice aroma, black appearance, with a tan head. Like most porters, this tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate, with a bitter finish; however, I don't know what it is, but there is something special about this porter. Enjoyed it.
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.