Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The packaging is tremendous, but this is no mere window dressing. A rich dark ruby color in appearance with a fine lasting gorgeous bone head, lots of lace. Bitter chocoalte aromas but subtle in both these components. Mineralized, earthy, ironlike, chocolate (subdued), walnut dust on your fingers after cracking, chalk dust - these are all part of the flavor profile. Great heaps of wonderfully restrained bitterness. Fantastic - a little less smooth than the Brakspear Vintage 1999, but in some ways better for it. Fans of English beers will want this, I think.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like the bottle, smells slightly coffeeish and smoky, It tastes nutty, malty and chocolatey, but nothing stands out very strongly. Good, but certainly not outstanding.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours light, settles to a red with brown hues. extremely light in color. forms a good head. thin, grainy, carmelly, lots of thin water like flavors. goes downhill once you sip it. waste of my time
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little coffee and a lot of Mesquite. Good bottle, good label, very dark with camel head. A little light-bodied, but very distinctive.
PorterPounder (5097) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoky! I usually do not like a smoked flavor in beer - but this one sits just right. Love the medicine-style bottle as well. Dark appearance - looks like root beer - no head on it whatsoever. Smoky aroma with a bit of a coffee undertone. Overall - very enjoyable - will look for more from this brewer.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUN 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big chocolately nose with a dark clear brown color and a tan foamy head. Smooth, clean chocolately malt taste with a little smokiness. Coffee finish. Very thin, but well-balanced. Not so powerful, rather reserved but interesting. Nice.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'll admit that I was first attracted to this beer by the unusual bottle and clever marketing, which exudes old-world craftsmanship and quality. I am happy to confirm that this is an excellent porter. It is a dark, almost rosewood-colored brew, offering a decent, frothy, but mostly diminishing light brown head with super lacing. There is a rich aroma of smoky, or toasted, almonds or oats. The flavor initially is lightly sweet, but finishes nicely bitter or dry. I was surprised by how refreshing this beer is. Perhaps I was expecting something more full-bodied? Nevertheless, I strongly recommend this beer.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This fine brew pours very dark, barely revealing its exquisite deep crimson hue. Medium-sized, frothy, off-white head with great lacing.
The nose is smoky, chocolatey, beefy and rich with an interwoven whisper of buttermilk.
Nice flavor. A touch thin, but contains notes of fine chocolate, beef broth and other things bold, smoky and rich.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and
Medium-length, lightly sweet and then dry finish with bitter notes at the midpoint and a mellow numbing of the tongue at the wee end. I really dig the flask shaped bottle as well.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep cherrywood body, a thick foamy heah, light brown in color. Dry caramely, alcohol, bitter ripe cherries. Some decent roastedness, a bit of an anisie character. Clean and dry with a burnt palate. some caramely sweetness remains. dark chocolate finish. not bad. some coffee notes and a metallic finish.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2004 Rating #1 - Bottle (5 3 6 3 12). Dark brown color but see through at the edges with a foamy light brown head. A somewhat sour aroma (tart fruits) and flavor, light body, the toasted malts come through at the finish. The sour fruit elements overwhelmed the malty porter side. Rating #2 Bottle (6 3 6 3 13) - A dark brown ruby color with a thin tan head. A toasted malt and light coffee aroma with a hint of cherry when vigorously swirled. There also seems to be a hint of stale milk. Smooth, toasted malts, bready, and light. This was a much better bottle than I remembered from the first rating.