Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First gotta say this stuff rocked. Full bodied, smoky, great balance of sweet and bitter. All of the good things I like in a porter and my favorite beer from this brewer.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sour coffee and nice chocolate aroma and a kiss of hops. Very dark translucent red with voluminous tannish green head? I like the smell. Think body, almost sour, like a dark roast coffee. Hoppy finish, very smooth, coffee aftertaste. pretty good, not great.
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Classic black beer with tan head. Sour coffee aroma. Similar java, yet sweet, flavors ... almost tart, an odd combination.
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 (345) - 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.