YogiBeera (2450) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aroma with hints of alcohol and clay. Red brown body with a little head. Flavor very thin with malt, alcohol, hops, cumin and plums. Thin finish but bitter. Great Stonebottle.
pivo (2547) - GERMANY - SEP 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, roaste malt nose - almost like malt extract for homebrewing. A little alcohol comes through too. Dark caramel color - very attractive. Tastes of plums, raisins, and sugar that is spiced with cinnamom. Just a slight bitter touch. Dry end. Round mougth feel. A little artificially sweet somehow - maybe too sweet?
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s not great, but pretty good. Thin for a ’porter.’ Not worth the price unless you want the bottle to make some Martha Stewart-like craft project. Number 300 for me, no significance though.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thought the color was a little light and the texture was thin for a porter, but it was very good and enjoyable. And hey the bottle kicks ass!!
Ernest (6161) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Bottle (BB Mar/2018). Head is initially large, creamy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber-brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (basement), with light notes of gum, orange peel, coriander, pepper. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy/lively carbonation. Nice appearance and pleasant aroma, but kinda sour and rough and watery in the mouth. Overall just ok.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very unusual beer to be sure. A truly beautiful deep garnet, with a fairly lasting head. I have criticized McChouffe for being somewhere smack dab in the middle of two styles before, but it works here for a beer that is part porter, part brown ale, and an iota of dubbel. The nose carries most of the dubbel bits; belgian yeast in little whiffs are pretty diagnostic. A tiny bit roasty, yeah there’s cola as others have mentioned. A bit bready, but not so much as if it had come from over the channel. Very mellow, subtle. Some might call it boring but I call it good. I’m fully with Ernesto on this one, and this beer and his comments remind me of the exceptional Brakspear Vintage 1999 I had recently and can’t wait to get my hands on again. Is this beer worth ten bucks? I’ll let you know in an hour...
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chocolate brown color with a rather large coffee colored head. Aromas of chocolate and bread. Flavors of mocha and dried fruit with some bitter off-flavors and a slight gritty chalkiness as well. Came as part of a boxed set with Bokrijks Kruikenbier. Not as spectacular as the Kruikenbier but certainly worth the effort. The back label from All Saints Brands states that this is a ’Freeman Porter from Hoogstraten. A dark top-fermented Porter brewed according to the Purity Law of 1516.’ MJ says that the term Poorter has nothing to with the English style Porter, but rather this is a Belgian Stout. I say neither.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A brown porter that lacks in depth and character.
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very, very light for a porter; Head was frothy; Cola nose with prominent alcohol. My score may not be high on this one, but it was actually not too bad. Lots and lots of cola qualities kept it down.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAR 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seemed thin at first, but the flavor got fuller as it warmed up - more of a brown than a porter. Overpriced (nice bottle), but otherwise likeable.