eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, 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, it’s 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 I’m partial to it because it’s from my home state but....it’s 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 (9245) - 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 (2435) - 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.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 A seductive milk coffee nose is spiced with citrusy hops...Disparate fieldberries grow amongst the coffee plantation...Intelligent roastiness coats the chocolate syrup...Astounding hop complexity of strong grassy bitterness evolving into resins and citrus...There is an intense attempt at balance in the rich yet drinkable mouthfeel...A fantastic porter with a larger flavor profile than the stronger Arcadia London Porter, for example...
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, blackish thick brew with a hint of red and smallish head; aroma of cocoa, burnt wood -- nice but on the weak side. Flavor starts out sweet and chocolaty, but with some strong hoppiness coming in leading to a very dry finish. Robust porters are not my favorite style by any means, but this is a very good example. Excellent body.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep brown/black body. roasty-chocolate flavor, dry finish. excellent porter.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown, the head large, chocolate, the lace lies in sheets upon the glass. Nose is caramel, roasted grains, sweet, and the beer starts sweet, the top light, the finish is lightly carbonated. Also somewhat dry, nice hop presence, and a quite quaffable beer.