MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this porter. The flavor was different than most porters, with it being sweeter and more a little more tastefull. Pours really dark with a nice brownish head that stays for a little while. Overall this was a really good porter.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours dark brown, almost black, medium frothy tannish head, with respectable lacing. Burnt malts and soft hops on the nose. A bit of female cat urine as well. Enjoyable roasted malts, along with a healthy hop bitterness on the tongue, albeit somewhat soft. Body and mouthfeel could be thicker, and wishing it had more of the chocolate flavor as stated in the description. Finishes with mild roasted malts, but with a bit more hop flavor. Not bad, but wishing it was a bit heavier, maltier, and more chocolatey. Thanks goes out to radiomgb for sending me this one!
TheBeerGenius (154) - Pittsburgh, PA, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This tasted like your usual porter. Heavy, strong taste with some hints of chocolate. I am not a big porter fan so this wasn’t for me. It was a solid beer though.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brown wthe aromas of spice and coffee. Flavors of chocolate, coffee. Nice roasty finish.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Stoutish in appearance - brown, possible black, small head. Aroma is coffeeish, malty sweet, with some tartness. I don’t catch much of the chocolate, this is mostly roast. Slightly bitter flavor. Well carbonated. Balanced finish.
Suttree (5289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2004 Reddish black, big sloppy tan head. Burnt toast with honey aroma - this honey aroma seems to be common trait of Southern Tier beers - Smoky, woodsy hop flavor and a slightly acidic finish. Some burnt toast flavors throughout. Tasty. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, 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 (8093) - 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 (2436) - 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 (2790) - the Containment Area, 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.