zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas of malt (slightly roasted), chocolate, smoke, and caramel. Flavors are strong caramel, smoke, roasted malt, and some chocolate. Body should be heavier for this style. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Thanks to Probiere for this one.
rudolf (2343) - 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.
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.
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.
Sammy (9553) - 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.
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.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark magenta/brown in color clear with a thin beige head. Smooth malty aroma with hints of roasted coffee, oak, and alcohol. The flavor is somewhat sweet, with chocolate and caramel notes, with a bitter finish. The beer itself is a little thin, but overall this is a really good beer and extremely drinkable for a 7.5% porter.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly roasted with some fig in the aroma. Nice fluffy eggshell head sits on top a garnet black body. Slightly watery but the mouthfeel gains as it warms. Flavors abound with chocolate and raisins, smoky malts, slight hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol at the finish. This is a very nice brew!
TChrome (1447) - 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.
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.