nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown, almost no head. Aroma of coffee, burnt molasses. Flavour is nicely bittered, salty, light smokiness, some faint malt backbone. Medium body, lightly carbonated. Good all-around porter. Bottle.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany with virtually no head. Rich and complex aroma of chocolate, plums, currants, molasses, and vanilla. No real follow-through with the flavours, however, as they are a bit simplistic in comparison. Stewed fruit sweetness, with some late bitterness that builds during the finish. Relatively thin body with very light carbonation. Stylistically enigmatic, but somewhat reminiscent of beers like Gale’s Prize Old Ale and Harvey’s Christmas Ale. An interesting beer that doesn’t quite come together in the end, although it is still worth sampling.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Tasted in dimple mug at about 15C. Very slight head, thin with a brownish white tinge. Deep dark almost black, possibly dark dark brown. Aroma is of burnt caramel and molassis. Flavour is similar to aroma., burnt caramel with a molassis sweetness, and a slightly bitter ending. Overall, nothing major stands out with this one.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting bottle reminiscent of the old porter bottles. Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights and a frothy tan head. The look I love. Aroma of chocolate and bitter chocolate in the flavor. Nice porter.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep brown, small tan head. roasted coffee and malt aroma with a whiff of smoke and chocolate. the flavour follows with a bit of tartness leading to a balanced roasty bitter finish.
kace069 (6) - marlette, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2004 does not count
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
quite a different porter unlike any i have had before especially with the light smoky flavor. a rather light bodied porter but a porter none the less. one of the best imports i have had in a while
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown colour with small, quickly disappearing head. Roasty aroma with a strong note of bitter chocolate covered cherries. Light and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Complex and well-balanced flavour of roasted malt and bitter coffee. Elements of the two beers used in the blend become more noticable as it warms. A very unique and extremely drinkable beer.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate, cherries and coffee aromas, deep ruby colour with a small cappuccino head, some very nice lace. Roasted coffee flavour, bitter chocolate and a faint smokey peat taste as well. Light bodied, almost creamy, luciously biiter! Well worth the wait, due to the L.C.B.O. red tape.
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 (1125) - 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.