obxdude10 (2022) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mostly black in color with a slight purplish tint, small head with a little lacing, roasted & toasted nose with a touch of coffee & chocolate, medium in body, nice hop character to balanced it all out, slightly sweet flavors with a nice touch of coffee & espresso, deep roasted finish & aftertaste, also a slightly dry finish as well
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours burnt umber/rubyish with big, fizzy white head. Aroma of big malt, chocoff, cognac. Tastes malty, with big chocoff, nuts, a slight roasty corn flakes taste, and a coffee finish. Somewhat dry at the culmination. Another great beer from ST, but lower than the IPA and Harvest. I want some big beers from ST.
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a two-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving an even lace. Black - nearly opaque. Good carbonation, heavy bodied. Nose is a smokey roast. Starts with a roasted coffee flavor, finish has a slight bitterness. $1.85 for a 12 oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Halftime. Usual porter aromas, chocolate, coffee, licourice. Clean reddish black color and a liitle light gets through. Small to no head. Bitter flavors, same as aroma, though its the baking chocolate that seems to dominate. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel bitter dry finish. Good brew. classic styling.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brown in color. Nice off-white head with good lacing. Licorice, coffe and chocolate dominate the aroma. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Chocolate malt with hints of coffee are the key flavors. Decent.
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fizzy tan head with small amount of foam and a rich brown color. Flavor of coffee,plum and chocolates were balanced well with a relaxed smoke malt flavor. A decaffeinated palate and a irish cream taste that makes me wish i had more than just one 12 oz bottle.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This porter pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a medium thick, tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight licorice note, a little fruit and a slight hint of roastiness. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitter chocolate note and a touch of piney hops showing through. Medium to full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 30-Sep-04 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) First impression: Holy freaking hell, a very strong espresso aroma totally dominates the nose, and does a pretty good job dominating the flavor too. It’s very much just bitter coffee/espresso from start to finish, but despite the lack of complexity, I’m really digging this porter. Medium to full bodied, so not as full on the palate as the flavor might suggest. Nearly black in color and opaque, but is dark brown and slightly translucent in light. Light tan head is of average size on the pour, fades to a thin layer, and leaves some modest lacing on the glass.
24-Apr-05 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with slob, thanks Bert!) Wow, what happened? Everything about this beer seems a bit restrained this time around. The aroma is mostly roasty. Moderate hoppy bitterness, fairly roasty, but it’s really missing that intense coffee aroma and flavor. The visuals are consistent with the previous session. Ratings are for the first session.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque, dark brown. Light brown foam. Rich, roasted, malty aroma of chocolate, nuts & light smoke. Feel was silky but a little thin. Earthy, roasty flavour of dark chocolate & nuts. Decent but relatively one dimensional.
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Buffalo Brewfest 04. Classic porter pour. Mouthfeel was quite light for a porter I thought. Still had a nice sour silky chocolate taste. Rather hoppy aroma for the style. Not bad, but didn’t blow me away - maybe it was the skateboarder looking dudes pouring the beer...