jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark with a thick brown head with good lacing. Aroma is roasted with notes of pine and citrus. Smooth hop bite up front, light creamy mouthfeel, very nice. Mostly malt on the finish, with a touch of licorice. A very fine beer just a touch overhopped.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma has roast malt with a touch of licorice. The color is dark ruby and the carbonation is appropriately low (for a change). The body's a bit light but there's the good hop bitterness of a historical porter. I'd hoped the malt flavor would be more prominent. The finish is a blend of both malt and hop bitterness.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tremendous roasted aroma - dark bitter chery coffee, blended with gooey thick chocolate and toffee. Dark brown garnet colour with thick bubbled light brown head. . . Very traditional flavours: earthy, muddy iron, bitter hops and dark bitter chocolate. Lingering sourness on the back of the tongue, but a very well done old english style porter.
imdownthepub (10326) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Pasteurised. Black to brown colour with thin beigy head. Good sour wooden oaky flavour with plenty of forest fruit, just going over. Smoky coffee and dry finish.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - AUG 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great bottle!! Black colour, few head. Roasty aroma, with tracs of liquorice and caramel. The flavour is complex, with notes of roasted and smoked malts, plums, raisins, chocolate and liquorice. Very bitter aftertaste. Nice.
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 (3612) - 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 (805) - 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.