Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a dark but not quite opaque brown with a medium thin beige head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma consists of roasted coffee, milk chocolate and malt. Medium-bodied with a nice blend of chocolate, malt, coffee and hops in the flavor, and there was a nice underlying roasted malt aftertaste throughout the glass. The finish is lightly bitter hops. Overall this is an enjoyable Porter, maybe not quite as good as Edmund Fitzgerald or Fuller's but solid all around.
brownaler (488) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black appearence with a small white head. Has a strong malt aroma with the usual roasted malt flavor you expect from porters with a smoky aftertaste.
BBB63 (6510) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown with some reddish highlights. Small fizzy tan head and fair lace. Aroma hinted of dark bread, burnt malts, molasses, nuts, floral hops, and maple syrup. Large malt taste, a bit nutty with a tone of molasses. The finish was zesty and robust, some bitter undertone. Medium to full-bodied with an oily and soft mouthfeel, moderate astringent quality on the finish. Very average porter, too heavy on the molasses character of the brew.
Kinz (3696) - 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 (10532) - 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 (1644) - 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.