Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle Pours clear black with a creamy light brown head. Mostly lasting and good lacing. Nice malt aromas of coffee, and chocolate. Also hints of celery. Taste is a full bodied malty brew. A light aftertasteand good palate. A very tasty porter.
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark beer with little head. Coffee like aroma, some chocolate. Flavour has hints of cocoa and coffee. I had an aftertaste simiilar to the flavour itself. Their is some bitterness, but it still goes down smoother than most of the better known dark beers I have had. I would like to see the Southern Tier people make an attempt at canning this beer as a "draught", like Boddington.
GTown (127) - New York, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours red-brown with a thick head. Good lacing. Aroma of chocolate and espresso. Roasted malt flavor with coffee and hops. A good porter.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown. Sweet and roasty nose. Smooth and soft texture; somewhat light bodied. Notes of sweet chocolate, toasted bread and a little vanilla. Healthy amount of sweetness was accented by some lactic sourness. A roasty, chocolaty bitterness seemed to round things out pretty well. Overall it was a pretty decent porter, but it was too much like watching a predictable movie.
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a note of vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pleasant.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, no head. Aroma is roasted malts and big cocoa. Taste is largly roasted malt, some slight sourness. Finish is mildly bitter, chocolate. Body was too watery.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours darkest brown, near black, smallish tan head, no lace. Perhaps too cold. Aromas of malt, toast, smoke, coffee, and chocolate. Favors were largely roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, raisins, molasses and yeast. Not much hop flavor but considerable hop bitterness in the profile. Long, dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel solid but a bit fizzier than most Porters.
dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and full bodied looking. A small head tan head. Mocha, Malt and Chocolate aromas. Not bad tasting, a decent porter in all
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Mild roast and hop aroma. Flavor is roasty and burnt.
thedm (5610) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a nearly opaque except around the edge dark ruby red brown colored body. It had a sweet malt dough aroma. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a medium hop aftertaste. The flavor contained thin sweet brown malts with a caramel point to it. It was quite different from most porters I have had. It lacked the complexity and needed more brown malts coffee and roastiness.