Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown with weak head. Thin, watery and sweet. I understand why other breweries don’t brew "old style" porter anymore.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Yuck. I just don’t like it. It tastes like anise and grass. The finish is very sour and sharp.
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
An amber colored porter? Ah, it tastes like they diluted a porter with dishwater; THAT explains the color. Way too much hops. They linger, unpleasantly, on my tongue, like thrush, only I can’t scrape it off. I think I’m going to go rinse my mouth out.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had high hopes for this one. No head to speak of. Looks like flat coke. Aroma is sour at first with a little malt. Watery for a porter. You can taste the characteristics of both beers in this blend. Somewhat complex, but disappointing.
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
At first I thought someone put a cola in my glass. There was some subtle malt in the nose and taste, but overall I found this to be very disappointing. Thought it was much more like a brown ale than a porter. Didn’t have the consistency or the texture to classify itself as such.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stupid green mouthwash bottle. Odd hectagon shaped bubbles along the top of the glass instead of a head. Thin, watery brown. Barely noticed the roasted malt nose and barely tasted it as well! So much more of a brown ale with all the characteristics of a New Castle, but more on the rancid, dill, medical product side of the flavor scale.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hints of toasted malt and Kent Goldings hops are prevalent in the aroma. This is one of the lightest porters i have ever seen. It’s very much transparent to even a 100 Watt bulb at 10 feet. Kind of bittersweet but not very thick for a porter. It actually reminds me more of a brown ale. The bottle is a plus, but this did not quite meet my expectations.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottle poured with almost no head but has a wonderful reddish-brown color. Slightly sweet, roasty flavor. Gets sweeter as it warms. On the thin side.
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is coffee and cherry, slightly roasty. Flavor is a bit more hoppy, but the sweet and roasty maltiness is still what dominates. The blending becomes apparent as it warms, revealing a fair amount of complexity. Overall, it’s a trifle thin, but a very nice beer.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A somewhat treacley aroma, at first, but on warming it exhibits a little more complexity. Has some distinctly coffee-like aroma with some roastiness in there. The color is amber-brown. Malty sweet flavor with a lot of coffee in it. A very nice flavor that gets richer and richer the warmer it becomes.