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 (2266) - 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.
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 5, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful ruby colour, plum aroma, sweet, toasted with a caramel and cherry aftertaste - is this really a porter ?