Pailhead (5837) - Plymouth, 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 (4545) - 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 (8661) - 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 (2345) - 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 (9836) - 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.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I do believe this is my favorite porter of all time. Rich dark color with crimson tones, not a lot of head or lacing. Aroma was rich malt and espresso. Flavor was malty, with tones of espresso but not too overpowering for this non-coffee drinker. Hints of chocolate, toffee, and some light hints of dark fruit. Slightly sweet throughout and finishes with a light to moderate bitter/hoppy finish. Very very good stuff.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
much thanks to jah noth for this brew.this impy poured black with hints of crimson red peaking through when held up to light.i got a small off-white head that disapeared pretty quick.my nose was greeted with roasted malts,a bit of chocolate,and metal.the taste/mouthfeel starts a little light and on the metalic side.then the carmel,chocolate,and smoke start to kick in.the palate changes even after the beer has been consumed,and thats a great thing if ya ask me.overall this is pretty tastey stuff.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown almost black with a big tan colored head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is restrained malt a bit of chocolate, maybe I’m expecting impy stout, but the aroma seems a bit lacking to me. The flavor on the other hand is very refined. Lots of dark chocolate maltiness with a bit of light smokiness. Flavor is very enjoyable but aroma needs to be pumped up somehow to be a great beer.