JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This beer started out alright. Dark brown colour with a ruby tint and a light brown head. Nice lacing. Very fruity aroma, cherry and chocolate, cookie dough, and flowers. Taste is god-awful though, cough syrup (even the bottle looked like a bottle of cough syrup) and perfumey like baby powder. A bit too sweet. Finish is long but it tastes like somebody dumped perfume into a beer and then put it into a bottle. This has to be the strangest beer I've had to date. Although interesting, I just couldn't get past the medicinal quality and I had to dump it. Ten minutes later and I still can't get the damn taste out of my mouth.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled, 4.5% ABV, BBE 06/2005) Very dark, blood-red color, with a very small head. An interesting aroma with dry, chalky stoutiness combined with sweet honey. Roasted-malty dryness hits you at first, followed by very dry, ashtray-like chalkiness, and finally some bitterness with ashes still clearly dominant. Honey doesn't really taste at all - I can only (barely) smell it. The style, in its dryness, is much more like a stout than a porter. Yes, it's a truly original experience. Good or bad - that's your choice!
TBone (12545) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (alc. 4.5%)
Very dark brown, smallish coffee head and lace. Aroma is interesting strong honey mixed with hops. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malts, some honey. Hops give bitter finish. Mixing porter with honey makes mixed feelings too, but basic of this porter is excellent.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazingly emphatic aroma of clover honey and balck currants...huge! Slight ammonia/urine retronasal. Looks normal enough, flavor is a blend of scalded sugar, burnt grain and the afore mentioned cassis, with a hint of babypowder...downright bizarre but still interesting ale.
pivo (2563) - GERMANY - FEB 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like Hi-C fruit punch - very sweet. Dark clear brown color. Odd fruity body with a dry finihs. Like cleaning fluid at times - a chemical end. Like a bad experiment overall.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled at Jerusalem Tavern, London.
Pours a foamy beige head on a deep amber/red body. Lots of honey in the aroma. Very sweet and somewhat candied. Flavor is bitter, artificial honey and candy notes. Very odd, like medicine.
YogiBeera (2472) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled: Mahagonz color, fizzy head. Honey, cherry, roibush nose, also kind of like mulled wine but the closest discription how it taste would be childrens Emeukal cherry cough drops. Bitter taste, like sour cherries, weird - really like medicine.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2004
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
I was surprised a porter could taste this bad. Someone else said dirty socks which isn't far from it.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad beer from a look or smell perspective but this beer is extremely sweet. It was hard to put down the entire drink.
fiulijn (14386) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, brown color. Aroma more delicate than the Old-Style Porter: malt, roasted malt, liquorice, phenol, caramel. A strong roasted malt character, with caramel and liquorice, just softer than the Old-Style Porter, IMO the final is a bit bolder.