Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby/garnet brown. Roasty, perhaps sour nose. Small whitish tan head. Sweet first, pale and bready malts, sour woody notes, nutty, roasty, light coffee. Fairly thin body, yet this is phenominal. This is what porter really is. With warmth this beer reveals more flavor. Great brew, I could drink this every day. Why all the low ratings?
rauchbier (3593) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Jet black, poor beige head that soon disppears and lowish condition. Licorice, raisins and roast barley aromas mingled with chocolate to give an appealing start. Quite tart in the mouth with a roasted barley dry bitterness developing into an intense astringent finish. Leaves you with a nasty taste in the mouth, sort of a sour bile note that is offputting.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 Nice brownish color,medium sized tan head that hung around for some time before it dissipated.Very nice aroma of malt,chocolate,and a nice smokey tone to it.Good flavor,malty,chocolate,mild coffee and that nice smokey side returns again.The after taste has chocolate,and coffee notes with a mild bitterness.This is certainly much better then i thought it might be,and hopefully the other styles from this brewer go down as well as this one did.Rerate i'd have to say that maybe i got a bad bottle the last time because this bottle i recieved from Suttree is better then what i had earlier.Better flavor all around.
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 (4034) - 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 (5344) - 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.