maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled - bought at Happy Deli NYC. Fantastic aroma of roasty coffee. Big black colour, however let down by a virtually non-existant head. The taste however is excellent. Full, roasty, long, stronger than its ABV. A very very good beer.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beautiful rich looking black beer. Caramel and vanilla and coffee and molasses combine to make a slightly-too-sweet beer that lingers a touch longer than you really need it to....but it's tasty enough to get away with it. Nice.
JorisPPattyn (8432) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black; dark brown head, gone in seconds. Nose of coffee, bit of tobacco-ash, hints of dark-blue fruit. Kahlúa or other coffee-liqueur?
Very tobbacy-o taste - this is remarkable. The palate is quite bitter, the taste isn't. It just seems to beg to have raisins in it, or to be drunk with a smoked sausage or a good Italian salami. I want to taste some hops, but they just don't emerge. Warming up, I do get the taste of bitter chocolate, filled with the raisins and rum. And, of course, tobacco. Very full-bodied, rich, without getting oppressive. Anyway you look at it, this is an impressive beer, the more as this isn't really my style. "Kudo's" as they say. BIG thanks to D. Anderson for supplying me this row of beers, that made up my last few days of rating.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque, with a slight reddish hue. Nice big frothy tan head. Aroma is mildy sweet. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Freshly ground coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and wood. Nice dry hop finish. A pretty damn good porter.
DocLock (8529) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite porters, but I have a hard time finding it in PA. Very nice brownish head, with a crisp, malty flavor. I picked up overtones of maple syrup, brown sugar, coffee, and roasted malt. The aftertaste is pleasantly sweet and rich. A very good, very robust porter. As a bonus, I've had women ask me, "What is the picture on this label."
jtw (1140) - 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 (2913) - 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 (6159) - 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.