Pailhead (5424) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Shadey. Aroma of coffee, caramel, roasted grain, and nuts. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights and a big tan head with decent retention. Flavor is rather light up front, maybe a hint of chocolate. Finish is black coffee, burnt grain, pine hops, and nuts.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
appearance of a typical porter w/ medium brown head...aroma is of bitter chocolate, with a touch of roasted coffee (some sour notes present)...flavor is heavy in roasted notes as well, with an emphasis on chocolate; a burnt and bitter touch the coffee as well
Boyz2pepsi (7) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Oh...whatís not to like. Coffee, chocolate, cream, and of course, that dark beer flavor we love. itís a little different from most dark beers in that it needs to be a little colder to enjoy its flavors - otherwise the bitterness is just a little too overpowering. If you can be so precise, go for about 50 degrees. My favorite part about this beer has to be how it never weighs on you - it dosnít fill you up, nor does it make you crave a lemon to suck on if you drink too much.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a large diminishing rocky off-white head. Nice bubble action. Aroma smells great! Roasted malt, coffee, hops and cocoa. The flavour isnít anything to scoff at either: the floral hops, chocolate, roasted malt & coffee add up to one great, hoppy porter! Palate has a light bitterness and the texture is nice and creamy. A very enjoyable porter, I have no idea why this isnít rated higher. Recommended!
Ron (2904) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Had this at the Flour City Brew Fest. Very dark with a roasted aroma. Malt body with a bit of sweetness and light hops finish.
Rerate 2/01/06 I enjoyed this alittle more than before.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark brown in color with a taller tan head. Dark coffee aromas with a mild vinous acidity. Hints of DMS and nuts. Perhaps a touch thin in feel, but it seems to work. Quite dry, with plenty of roasted malt and and a touch of dark chocolate. A mild hops component that adds a mild citrus touch. Thanks Santa.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from sampler. Great smelling porter. Elements of coffee, bakerís chocolate, cherry and a slight minty sensation all in the nose. It has a very roasty and a very smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is a bit thin, especially when compared to the nose, but has the ubiquitous coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. But, the finish is oh so smooth. For a porter, this is pretty good, and itís must be even better in the dead of winter.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle - Gained via trade with Sregnar35 Thanks Bill - Pours brown with an offwhite head. Aroma is not very strong slight chocolate and weak hops. Flavor is quite weak as well. Mostly hops come through in the flavor. Slight chocolate flavor as well, but what is most notable is the watery palate to this one. I really drank this whole brew wondering if it should be classified as a porter. It seems more like a dunkel to me. There are so many better porters out there than this one..
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cocoa and espresso notes in the nose; rather weak bodied; heavey roasted flavor with soy sauce notes; not very impressive
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
About right for a porter, IMO. Roasty, but not over done. Good balance. I would like to try this one on tap, not nitro however. This porter is on the bitter end of the porter-spectrum.