argo0 (11094) - 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.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with coffee-ish or dark chocolate aroma. Tastes more bitter like coffee and has a bit too much hop bitterness to it. Went well with the seafood I was eating, however. Complimented it very well, indeed. Not a bad beer.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow they got this one right. Very dark with a big foamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted chocolate and burnt caramel, followed with just a hint of malt. The taste is wonderful starting fresh and clean with strong burnt chocolate flowing into a creamy malty tone and ending with a bittersweet snap that leaves you wanting to try it again. FFor a local brew that noone has heard of this one rocks.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black with a head that looks like root beer, thick and sticky. Nose not too impressive, slightly woody, but not much there. Good burnt taste in the flavor, but it’s a bit too burnt--had the vague impression I was gnawing on a hunk of charred wood while drinking it. A bit of chocolate and tobacco undertones, but basically burnt. Still remains enjoyable, but doesn’t blow me away.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Two words to describe this one: roasted malt and hops. A fine porter in a traditional fashion. Roasted malt and coffee tones in the aroma and up front. Some bittersweet chocolate and caramel in the middle with a good, intense hop punch to round out the finish. Beautiful deep brown color with a moderate and lasting head.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice coffee chocolate malts that are not overpowering but satisfying.Hops are present for good balance.
MainerInExile (41) - Bangor, Maine, USA - JAN 27, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
While porter is not my favorite style, I might have it more often after sampling this fine brew. The appearance is very dark, as a porter should be. Light barely got through even when held up to a halogen lamp. The aroma hints, not too subtly, of coffee. The flavor is wonderful...a toasty mochaccino of a beer. These guys are pretty new in the brewing biz, but if their porter is any indication, they’re fast learners. At around 1,000 barrels a year, try it if you can find it.