DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Pours a dark dark mahogany that is slightly transparent with a light tan 2.5 cm head. Nice lacing. Nose is mostly malt with maybe a hint of chocolate. Start is very bland and watery with some smoky flavor. The finish seriously tastes like the smell of raunchy cigarette smoke. Too light, way too one dimensional. So far, Southern Tier is 0 for 2 in my book.-----Re-rate. Slightly metallic, roasted aroma with hints of chocolate. Dark brown pour with a nice frothy light tan head and nice lacing. Start is somewhat thin and flavorless turning quite roasted with coffee and chocolate notes. Some burnt toast in there as well. Finishes mellow and mildly hoppy. Better than my initial rating which was (6/4/3/2/7)
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, small tan head that quickly recedes to a small ring. Aroma is a bit thin, but consists of roasted coffee, chocolate (bitter), and a tiny bit of hops. Flavor is also a bit on the thin side, dominated mostly by some coffe flavors, but also some bitter chocolate and a bit of toffee. Has a fairly thin and watery feel in the mouth.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2003
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light brown in color with samll tan head.No a clear or distinct aroma,flavor is of roasted/toasted malt with a touch of nuttiness.Finishes dry and bitter.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this at a Lew Bryson NY book signing at the Grey Lodge in Philly. This was pretty good. Had a little more bite then your average porter. Had worse. Had better.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A purely "eh" porter. Nothing special to write home (or anywhere else) about.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet chocolate/coca aroma, nice light brown with ruby highlights color. Medium mouthfeel and ends slightly sweet. An average porter.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has a lot going for it - strongly roasted, sharp hop edge, thick with chocolate, and even a little nutty now and then. Looked a little watery, but the palate held up well. Would have to be smoother for me to drink more than occasionally.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Roasted coffee, hint of chocolate aroma. Garnett, with a medium toffee head. Flavour of roasted coffee, pleasantly bitter. Medium bodied, dry finish. Very nice.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark burnt brown head, not much of it. Smells slightly hoppy, surprisingly.
Initial taste is. . .hoppy?? wow, this is an interesting one. At first I thought, did they give me the right beer? But upon drinking more, an even malt flavor made its way out, slightly caramel/syrupy, maybe even some bitter malt tones, very pleasing and fresh, albeit understated. The beer finishes much like an amber ale, slight caramel notes, and even a little hops on the finish. Not much roast to this one, and the body was not as full as your average porter today. However, after the 1 pint of this I had, I already liked it much more than upon my first sip. I see this as a very traditional old porter, which was more like an old ale, mixed with a pale and a brown. This beer isnt overpowering, and is very well made. Ok, so I still think it could use a bit more complexity in the finish, and they should bring out the malt flavor more. Carbonation was perfect though on tap.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very, very dark brown body with a very white, stout-like head. A roasty, smokey highly lactose flavor. A pleasant, almost nutty finish. Generally, a little bland for my taste, but it's really not bad at all.