Kinz (3514) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barely see through the reddish brown, slowly fading tan head, some lingering throughout. Amazing aroma of pumpernickel drizzled in honey. The flavor is roasty, but not overdone, some hops, but not overdone. Full bodied, but not too heavy. Just amazing balance and subtlety displayed here. Very nice.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown color. Malty caramel aroma, like cooked caramel that's just bordering on too well done. Flavor has hops in it, but also the malty richness of a porter. Has a bit of a kick. Could be slightly better balanced, but I like it.
hopscotch (10083) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!
Pours a very dark, crystal clear ruby hue. Small, khaki-colored, creamy head. Mostly diminishing with no lacing.
Milk chocolate and malt (Whoppers!) in the nose. Whispers of vanilla and light alcohol as well.
The flavor is of dark chocolate and darkly roasted coffee beans up front. Perfectly balanced with a pleasantly bitter and lightly tart hop addition on the backside.
Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, tongue-numbingly tangy, bitter and dry finish. Complex, actually! World Class Porter! Very heavy for a low gravity brew! Underrated!
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First impression was the great color. Follow that with interesting aromas and diverse flavors. It resulted in a really good, well made porter. I would certainly recommend it.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is indeed nothing missing here..this is outstandingly well put-together. It is easy to overdo the chocolate notes in beers of this style, IMO. Here there’s harsher roast components balancing, and the hop bitterness arrives right on time. Toda raba, urbn.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted chocolate flavors with a good hop finish. I’ll have to re-rate this one sometime after i drink it when i am more sober.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 Some nice gentle hops in the nose and in flavor, where they combine rather well with chocolate and roasted notes. This is a much softer, more delicate porter than I'm used to, but this brewer pulls it off terribly well. No sense that he has left anything out. Less can be more.
Rib Eye (148) - USA - NOV 13, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
More stout than porter, it’s fairly typical of the style, but heavier on the bitter flavors. Go for a Taddy Porter instead.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark porter. Full malty chocolate nose. This is a nice low gravity rendition of the style. The palate is light to medium in body. Super dry and flavorful. A malty, but not overly roasty Porter. Very complex for its weight. A Porter that can be consumed pint after pint. A fine ale.
argo0 (12124) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours more like a cola than a beer, right down to the quickly dissipating light brown head. Still, it ends up pitch black. Aroma of sweet chocolate and strong mocha. Flavor starts quite chocolaty, and sweet. Mid tongue it shifts to bitter coffee, and finishes coffee/hop bitter. Slightly syrupy. Not a bad beer, but nothing special.