Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a nice head that fades to a slight film. Aroma is moslty chocolate, some toffee, lots of caramel malts, and some coffee, but no roasted malts. The aromas blend together very well. A very slight hint of smoke as it warms. flavor is very malty with a crapload of chocolate malt, some crystal for sweetness and some hops in the end for a nice slight bitterness to balance the flavor. The body is silky smooth and finishes slightly sweet and slightly dry. After a while you can notice just a touch of alcohol in the end. Very smooth in the end. Probably the best baltic I’ve ever had.
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very subdued metallic aroma with hints of DMS as well as some roastiness. Egh. Dark brown, mostly opaque with a tan head thats frothy at first and dissipated relatively quickly. Slightly sweet chocolate notes to start, turning delightfully drinkable with a bit of espresso and molasses to finish. Oily and inky...just the way I like them. If I could give a 6 for palate, this would get it. Makes up for the piss-poor aroma.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Quite dark for a porter, coffeeish hues, small beige head, fairly attractive lacing. Sweet roasted malt aroma, somewhat lactose like. Very sweet malty flavor, subtle chocolate and coffee, with a very soft hop finish. This is quite tasty! Wonderful body, medium to full mouthfeel, and somewhat silky as well. Slightly dry finish, with very sweet roasted malts lingering. Good stuff! Thanks Jeff!
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of hopdog via trade. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, light caramel, and light coffee. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights. Small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring. Flavor is pretty much represented well by the aroma. Chocolate and caramel with the vanilla a little more hidden than in the aroma. Light roasted coffee and light hops in the finish. Easy drinking but not as big flavored as I was expecting.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hot chocolate, roasted malts and raisins in the mildly lactic aroma. Opaque brown-black with a decent tan head that recedes to ring with some lacing. Chocolate flavour is strong with floral hops, subdued roasted malts and marzipan sweetness and fruity esters offset by a fair though unobtrusive bitterness. Soft-bubbled, fairly low carbonation to the medium body with a dry finish. Bottle (Jun-05) enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere for Martin’s ’Bachelor Party’! Thanks, ClarkVV!
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2006 (Version brewed and bottled at Saratoga Springs):
Potent dark chocolate and malty roastiness emanate from a black robe with brown and red sleeves.
Fruitiness and dark chocolate enliven the roasted malt bitterness. Milky candies and juicy grapes appear surreptitiously in the svelte, easy-to-drink body. Right on style, but nothing titillating for me.
Humility sadly thwarts enjoyment in a world of hedonism.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brune très foncée allante vers le noir et éclairée de quelques reflets rouge à l’extrême du spectre. Peu de présence de mousse initiale ne laissant qu’un faible cerceau sur le rebord du verre. Chocolat plutôt vers le cacao pour son faible indice de sucre, liquoreux, légèrement fruitées, cerises et prunes noires. Bonne présence de malt, noix grillées, amertume modérée venant faire distraction momentanée sur les composantes rôties et dominantes. Texture poudreuse et légèrement huileuse, corps d’épaisseur moyenne, faible carbonatation.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Zathrus13. Deep brown to black in color. Small tannish head forms and remains for quite a while as a film layer. Coffee and roasted grain aroma with a little bit of nuttiness coming through. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Rich and malty flavor with a nice hop presence to balance things out. Nicely done.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola, christmas like spices, nutty, deep roasted almost burnt malt in the nose. Very black, no head. Flavor is plum, cola, oily malt, bittersweet chocolate. Roasty malt finish. I’ve had better.
Sammy (9199) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy very dark brown with lace. Smooth.Good but have had better, more drinkable for style.More coffee and roasted malt than I would like. Alcohol drying mouthfeel.Anise in nose, initial sip and some bitterness. Hop numbing of tongue. Medium-full mouth. Thanks JoeyC.