ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 Very dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, along with a surprising amount of aromatic hops. Flavor is roasty, with a touch of chocolate and some burnt notes. Grapefruit in the finish balances the brew nicely. Perfect amount of carbonation. A very good porter.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at brewtopia. very dark brown to black, a little red shines through. dense foamy tan head. dry roasted malt aroma. a little sweet & perfumy. or was it a beer godess gliding by? this was my ninth sample for the night, can’t remember. flavor is dry roasted malt, alitlle bitter in the finish.
jsquire (3469) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer with mahogany hues when held up to the light and an attractive frothy beige head. Sweet raw grain nose with hints of chocolate. Nice porter with well balanced chocolate sweetness and coffee bitterness, with notes of chalk, wood and some white sugar. Enjoyable brew for after work.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewtopia ’05. Dark brown with some reddish highlights. Mocha aroma. Taste was a little light then espresso/ mocha/ cream with a slight burn.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet, lactic, lightly vinous, raisin aroma with a mild roasty component. Opaque, dark brown with decent tan-brown head that recedes to ring and partial cover. Lactic, grapey and roasty flavours. Very dry and light with a watery texture. Bottle sampled with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere at the restaurant next to Half Time.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap: Grapey esters and malt roastiness follow up into a severely lactic and vinous flavor profile...Body is silky and slightly watery, and malt flavors don’t respond when called for...A run-of-the-mill porter with fruity exaggerations...
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at The Crew (right besides Half Time) in Poughkeepsie. Beautifully laced light brown head crowns the dark brown body. Rather lactic nose, woody and tart vegetal and vanilla like nature. Disappointingly leaning on the lactic side of the spectrum. Vegetal, coffeeish and happily well roasted, but then again, the acidity ruins it. Tart mouthfeel, light-medium body. Disappointing.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with mahogany edges. Tan head and sparse lacing. Nose of roast and chocolate malts. Bitter hops with some fruits. Raisins and yeast. Flavor is again roasty with some woodiness to it. Nuts and smoke. A touch of soy. Chalky and dry palate. Bitter roast with fruit in the tail.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby color, maybe some mahogany, not too dark though. Light creamy tan head. Nose of stout roast & bright soy sauce. The flavor is astringent with abundant roast & creamy chocolate. Very tasty, robust finish. Thanks DocLock!
r464 (1928) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2011 A dark, nearly opaque deep reddish brown color. The head faded quickly. There are distinct chocolate flavors in there alsong with a smoky earthiness. Citrus flavors buried deep inside and a touch of coffee. There is a mildness to it that leaves it a bit light compared to some porters. Not extremely memorable.