PorterPounder (4942) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark, motor oil-like pour and the quaint medicine bottle give this a five for appearance. Delectable aroma of bittersweet chocolate and roasted day old coffee. Creamy mouthfeel, coats your mouth with flavor. Flavor of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, licorice, and some roasted malty notes to top it off. Finishes as strong as it starts, leaves your belly full and satisfied. All in all, a damn good stout.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
An opaque black brew with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, and toastiness. At first, I though this a sweet brew, with little bitterness. The more I drank, the more the bitterness became apparent. The silky feel complements the roasted malt and chocolate flavors. A dry, somewhat smoky finish. I would qualify this one as a "tweener" - not quite a sweet stout, but note quite a dry either. Cool bottle, nice lacing.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer as it emerges from the unique flask shaped bottle resides in the glass a pitch-black color with a smallish and bubbly light chocolate head, the lace a velum like sheet to cover the glass. Nose has nice coffee aroma, also hints of bitter-sweet chocolate and sweet malt, start is sweet with a rich in roasted grain profile, the top is middling in its feel. Finish has a meaningful acidity, the hops delectable and a bit spicy, very dry almost vinous aftertaste, a quite nice stout and it compliments the Porter quite nicely.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chalky chalky hard mineralized flavors, bitter dark chocolate and some fuggley sweetness - this is just heaven for me - a session sweet stout if it weren’t so expensive - restrained bitterness, delicious. The body was light but not thin, the head was pockmarked bone ivory.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled) Very dark, almost black color with a tiny head. Both dry and sweet, bitter and slightly smoky, licorice aroma. Flavor is exactly as good as the aroma promises. Dry, Very creamy, slicky smoky and full-bodied palate. An excellent stout, certainly one of the best.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is pretty grainy with hints of some chocolate malts. Pours the typical stout fare. Grainy, sweet to start, watery in the middle--too watery with smokiness to finish.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque black pour with a medium tan head. Grainy, grassy aroma with only the slightest hint of chocolate. Acidic start, nothing else much discernable until the finish which is a very nice dark chocolate flavor that lingers. Good bitterness. Would be a good beer if not for the initial acidic taste.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely brown head, excellent aroma of vanilla and coffee, very light. Nice mouthfeel, on the way to being very heavy, but still appropriate. Creamy. Starts with a nice bitterness from the hops, then draws out with a dry roastiness. Porter-like in a way. Has that hint of earthiness I have now come to expect from this brewery. Could be a little more complex, but a nice beer.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Interesting. Black, slight head that faded fast. Aroma of molasses, chocolate, and iodine??? Flavor was initially a bit vegetal (freakin’ Fuggles hops), but this faded as it warmed. A healthy bit of molasses and vegemite came through, with a bit of treacle. Better than it sounds. RESAMPLED in 12/07, same basic notes, but struck me as less vegetal and with a nice note of rum soaked fruit. Rating remains the same.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2004
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I’ve enjoyed every beer from this brewery right up until now. This beer would seem to have everything going for it. Good color and rich, firm head. Full of roasty, creamy flavor. But get your nose in there and smell it. Poop. This beer smells like actual feces. I swear to God the beer smells like dried up dog crap. Absolutely disgusting. I don’t know how they managed it. Revolting.