Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dry, not a large head. Very drinkable but not among top porters. Liked the odd shaped bottle, too bad it was green. I was surprised at the bitterness for an english porter
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very earthy and old tasting. Drinkable, but you need to sip this.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very musty and earthy in every respect. An odd kind of beer. Not a real fave. Left a nice lace on the glass. It seemed like there was actual dirt in it.
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark but not opaque, small, short-lasting head, good malty aroma. Flavor was more coffee-like than chocolate, with some fruit notes and even a bit of smoke, which I’m puzzled at due to the lack of mention in other reviews. Medium-light body for a dark ale, the finish leaves a hint of that smoke taste, very nice beer.
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer poured like cough syrup. No head with very tiny bubbles. I thought I poured some Nyquil at first. Flavor is extremely sweet. FG around 30? Does finish better with some of the roasted notes and hop bitterness showing through. Much smoother on the tongue than the cough syrup appearance would indicate. Not my favorite porter by any means.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quick a bit more hops than I expected. Good strong flavor, but not as interesting as others.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark brown with a thin, tan head. Nice, somewhat nutty, malty sweet aroma. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. Medium bodied, with a roasted malt flavor and finish. Not as robust as some porters, but still good.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think this is a great porter. It’s quite strong and bitter, given the style is mostly driven by roasted malt. Body is much fuller than I’m accustomed to, and complexity is definitely there. Leaves that pleasant burnt, roasty flavor in your mouth on the finish. I highly recommend this stuff. Packaging is top square, too.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
i admit it, i bought it for the bottle. alas, it is a green bottle. strangely enough--given the prior ratings--mine poured with a fairly thick head. well, i poured it quickly and sloppily just to check out the bottle. nice dark brown color but not opaque. head quickly dissipates. aroma is immediately roasted coffee but turns tinny/metallic after a few minutes. very strange. very thin watery mouthfeel. definitely more of a fuller burnt roasty flavor (with an emphasis on burnt) than UK brands like sam smith, but provided me with the same watery and unsatisfying experience as that brewery’s beer.
maybe both of these brewers should look into using dark bottles or something.
though the bottle’s shape was definitely a cool marketing ploy, i won’t buy this again.