Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin dark bubbly head but roasted aroma. Taste is a little harsh but generally quite good, with coffee and malt throughout.
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
very spicy aroma, almost citrusy. deep brown, not as dark as i expected. flavor is a little weak; some coffee roastiness, not much else. it's too thin, and finishes a little too dry.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice bottle, very black, dark tan head. Flavor is predominately roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Good porter.
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
You know, I'm a little confused as to the appearance on this one. It's beautifully black with a small head, but the head poured out in chunks that looked disturbing until they settled.
Not much of a smell, but what's there is great. I think I smell raisins.
Very mild and plain porter... and very thick and syrupy in my mouth... did I get a bad bottle? First the chunky head and now a syrupy mouthfeel...
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark, but not opaque, you can see just a little light through it. Creamy long lasting head. Deep malt characteristics in the aroma, chocolate and other notes, with just a little roast creeping in Full in body but not thick. It has a creamy fluff to it. Taste starts out with a little sweet, which quickly turns bitter and then gradually fades to a malty-chocolate. Quite good.
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Dark amber coloured. Chocolate brown lasting head. Malt, chocolate and sweetness in the aroma. Pleasant and balanced. Flavour is filled with Valrhona chocolate, roastyness, light liqourice and fruit notes. Is creamy and well balanced. Has a chocolatebitterness in the end. This is a good one.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was much better than I expected. Dark black appearance with a tan head. Flavor is bitter with the usual roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. But some licorice notes in the taste. A very bitter aftertaste. This is one of the better examples of the usual boring style of porter.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cool 500 ml flask-bottle. Purt-near opaque, near black, smallish head, good lacing. Lovely roasty chocolate-almond nose, wonderful chocolate-malt character in the mouthfeel and flavor, perhaps a little too simple overall to be "great" but something I could just drink all day. Love it.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite tasty! This was a very enjoyable porter, that was smooth and mellow, and yet complex. I was quite pleased with this porter, and the creamy coffee-ish flavors that were noted.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty, creamy and complex. This beer, which I purchased mostly on the basis of it's interesting bottle, reminded me what's great about porter that I had forgotten drinking and brewing mostly pale ales and pilsners for a while. Hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla, but none of these tastes were overpowering. In fact, they were subtle enough to keep me sipping, trying to get a handle on the elusive things going on in my mouth. I wanted another when I was done. This porter made me smile.