Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark mahagony pour with a sizable head that left quickly. Chocolate, roasts, and a bit of smoke underlying. Grapes in the nose as well. Now the smoke is dominant in the flavors. Underneath the smoke is more of the roast and chocolate malts. Small fruits as well. Kind of a watery palate and thin bodied. Finishes with malt and smoke. Good porter.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured black with hardly any head. Taste of roasted coffee. To thin and watery for my liking. Not much flavor. Cool bottle though.
larsniclas (5586) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Bottled.
Almost black with an offwhite head.
A warm, burnt aroma.
Smooth, salty flavour with some burnt coffee.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was a sucker for a cool looking bottle. < hanging head in shame >
Date stamped on the lable read 2002 2 0.
As I was pouring it I thought I was pouring a Coke or something given the carbonation and near complete lack of head.
The taste reminded me of the Monty Python brew I had a few weeks ago, only more watery. Tasty malt with just the right amount of hops with a mineraly feel. The taste is complex, woodsy toffy and a hint of caramel.
Mouthfeel was way too watery for a porter, IMO. And drinkability...eh, not bad, but nothing I'll be reaching for anytime soon.
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark Amber color, not much head. Small aroma.
Not much flavor, palate a little watery.
Overall a disappointment. Now, where was the chocolate?
There must be better porters than this!
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a nice and creamy head. Aroma is smoked and burnt. Some smoked fish but also sweet from cocoa and chocolate. Flaovr is burnt as well, with some bitterness.
Suttree (5122) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So, I turn my head for just a second, and the next thing I see is my 4 year old niece drinking my beer. She takes a swig and says "Yum! taste like Tootsie Roll!". Couple of points: 1) four year olds should not drink beer. 2) Her observation was, for the most part, astute. This is heavy on the chocolate flavor and a fairly rich mouthfeel.
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Dark brown with beige head. Roasty plum aroma. Sweet and fruity. Rounded mouthfeel, but with simple malt character. Salty coffee finish.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Conditioned, at the Jerusalem Tavern, London.
Dark brown with little to no head. Mild toasted malt aromas, slightly soft, yet well blended. Closer to old then porter, if you know what I mean. One of my preferred drops as the Jerusalem, that’s on there regularly.
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a medium sized head. Milky aroma with some tar. Compact flavour of dried fruits, roasted malts and coffee. Dry ending with a pronounced bitterness.