frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black liquid, creamy head that mostly diminishes, little lacing. Flavour is tar and roasted malts, a lot of green bottle character present. Rather undrinkable.
VAYankee (344) - Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2004
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark brown (and slightly transparent) body with a frothy light brown head. Mild aroma of coffee lightly roasted, slightly malty and chocolatey. Start out abrasive - a quick burst of cocoa is quickly subverted less than pleasing smokeyiness and saltiness. OK finish of dry roasted malt. I am not a big fan of this beer.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m told this is one of the best representations of a true porter. It is unique, and I quite enjoy it. Almost a cola like appearance; subtle chocolate and spice aroma. Balanced malty body, nice bitterness in the finish. Not for everyone, but this one really impressed me. In bottle.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice bottle created a nice poor, but somewhat light in appearance and flavor. I initially liked this quite a bit, with decent chocolate flavor, until it was outdone by a Founder’s.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned and reading Beer Festival. Roast malt aroma and liqourice. Sweet almondy tast with some vinous notes.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light brown in color, small creamy light tan head that doesn’t last, aroma of dark roasted coffee and malts. Light body, thin and watery mouthfeel. Smokey coffee and chocolate flavors, with a light smokey burnt bitterness in the finish, some what watery, very drinkable.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very thin mouthfeel for a porter. Nice coffee, cocoa, hazelnut taste to it, just is far from having a proper thickness, feels thinner then water. Nice tan head, pretty, but thin.
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bought this for the bottle glad I did nice dark color very little head malty and chocolate with a nice slight bitter finish
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The bottle is the best thing about this lame brew. There is a deep roasted coffee and some roast beef in the aroma. A slight scum of head on top with lots of carbonation making it look like a cola. The tate is coffee with off flavors of raisin and roast beef. A very thin mouthfeel. Unimpressive overall.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Opaque black - looks like a cola without the heavy carbonation. Almost headless. Smell is full yet subtle, some toasted chocolate in the nose. Taste is very nice - burnt malt mixed with a chocolaty sweetness. Light carbonation, substantial but not thick. Nicely balanced, good flavour with a light, nice bitter aftertaste. A very well done porter. Full marks.