Cobra (1100) - - OCT 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9 fl. oz./ 500 ml. green bottle. Shaped like an old time patent elixer medicine bottle. No freshness date seen, but a cryptic code seen on back label. Poured out a dark chocolate brown, with red highlights barely escaping the edges. Thin, soapy white head collapsed quickly, leaving a thin, soapy film on top of the beer.
A little lacing along the sides of the glass. Aromas are of old dank, musty basement, oak barrel, pipe tobacco, subdued roastiness, some nuttiness also.
Tastes are of mild malts, weak roastiness, and burnt sugar.
Mouthfeel is weak bodied, and thin. No hops aromas, but a very slight bitterness, probably more from the malts than the hops.
Not the best English beer I ever had. It needs more flavor, and more body.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Colour is black with a hint of brown-red. The foam is light brown with small bubbles, and it is fast dissolving.
The smell is full of roasted malt, black coffee, cocoa and some bitter hops.
The carbon dioxide is gentle, yet refreshing with very small bubbles.
The taste is relatively mild and dry with a strong note of black coffee. At first, there is a rush of bitterness, and then a more balanced taste emerges with a taste of burned malt, coffee and cocoa.
Conclusion: A well-crafted, dry porter.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Stygian hued brew, with a short, but sweet, cream-colored head. Aroma is a delicious jolt of cocoa and coffee. I should put my face in this beer’s nose every morning, in lieu of my regular pot of java! Other flavors add to the complex profile: molasses, dark rum, a hint of anise. Much more headiness in aroma than the typical porter. How does it taste? Rich, deep, full of texture. Surprisingly less bitter on palate than I’d expect from so dark an aroma. Very smooth. Full malt, just-right hops. This brew is a meal unto itself. Texture got a little thin at the end, don’t know what happened there. But I liked it, I really liked it. Felt much different from the normal porter, or even the above average porter.
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at Brew Ha Ha 2004. Dark ruby red with a very small head. Hoppy, somewhat smoky aroma. Chocolate malts battle it out with oily hops in the flavor. Decent, but not fantastic by any means.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown see through color. Small but pretty and soapy head. Aroma is serious chocolate. Flavor is chocolate and coffee, but not as strong as the aroma would suggest. It actually has a rather light palate. Fairly dry at the end, but not overly so. Fairly good. I am impressed with the cask conditioning.
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark-brown colour, chaotic foam with big bubbles, roasted coffeish aroma, chocolate, sweet and oily, the finish is slightly dry and bitter with long and subtle chocolatey notes - mmmmhh this is good !
3fourths (9136) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown. Some burgundy colors at the edge of the glass. Light tan head. Creamy nose, caramel, toffee and milk chocolate nose. Medium bodied, with a light ash tray flavor, with an aged quality along with the regular creamy malts. OK at best... flavor is overall very sour and lactic.
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had to fight like hell to get a head on this beer. Large bubbles which did not last long. Swirling produces a nice thin foam. Nice roasted aroma. Roasted grains, burnt fried fish sticks and a good helping of licorice. Color is a deep port. Flavor is a bit watery and gritty. Tastes like there is some carbon present. Distinct burnt flavor with a bit of molasses. Finish is dry and smooth. Lingering bitterness and roasted flavor. Great aroma but is a little short in the flavor department. Thanks to radiomgb for this one!
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark with a ruby tinge. Almost headless and lightly carbonated. Subtle aromas of chocolate and malts. There is a grainy, almost burnt sugar taste that is balanced with some bitterness. Nice toasted aftertaste. Substantial but not too thick or overpowering with a simple, but addictive flavor. Bonus points for the old school bottle.
jzzbassman (1586) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one seemed like it may have suffered from being light struck, but still enjoyable. Obvious roasty nose, but much less bitterness in the flavor, with a lot of malt. One that I will have to try again.