arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Bottle/jug into tulip glass. I might have found a porter I donít like, mostly because it doesnít taste like any porter Iíve ever had. At first, I thought that a "poorter" might be an entirely different beer, but Ratebeer tells me otherwise, so I have to believe it. The smell was outstanding: caramel malt and banana. It looked good too, ruby with some brown accents, a large foamy head that left beautiful large-bubble lacing on the glass. Downhill from there. The taste was dominated by a mint-like spiciness that overpowered the caramel malt and a tomato taste also present. When I say overpower, thatís not saying much though, because the flavor was pretty weak. Combined with the wateriness of it, I wasnít sure if I was drinking beer at all. Carbonation was barely noticable, which was good, because any more of it would have masked the taste entirely. Disappointment in a fancy package.
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ceramic swing top bottle poured a clear amber with a small off white head. Aromas of brown sugar, fruity, and light spice. Palate was light and dry. Flavors of straw, honey and spice with a dry finish. Sure doesínt seem like a porter to me.
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - APR 24, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Chestnut color with a beige head. The taste is sweet, malty, fruity with a slight bitter sharpness in the finish.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
clear reddish brown color, no head but a few loose bubbles. interesting malt aroma, a little cheese souffle. no carbonation, flat. sweet malt but flat. ceramic swing top cap must have had a bad gasket.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ceramic bottle capped with a swingtop - Pours very dark brown with absolutely no head at all. Aroma is nutty, caramel, and a bit of candy sugar. Flavor is very similar also a dusty barnyard type of background to this one. Some yeast also. Palate is way too thin and watery. Just not enough body for me. I was definitely more impressed with the bottle than with the beer inside.
cheap (4202) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
In a ceramic flip top bottle, only to find out haagstraaten is sterkins. Not as dark as most porters. Light rootbeer w/foam head. Spicey perhaps clove aroma. Wierd like unsweetend iced tea. Odd flavors, nothing like american porters. Very unique. Donít think this is actually a porter, and oh I see it is a belgy ale. Hides the 6.5% rather well.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I found this a major disappointment! Very unique bottle for a watery, thin, lifeless beer. Might be the lightest porter, and surely the clearest one out there. Green leafy, cabbage, and peat aroma. Some hops there. End is almost sour and strange. I hated it.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cloudy deep amber with a small tan head. Dark fruit sweetness in the aroma with some roasted malt. Fruity sweet flavor, a bit watery.
Beerman6686 (4672) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured a murky brown color with a thin eggshell white head. Aroma was old chocolate milk and stale 2 row malt. Flavor was sweet artificial chocolate, and stale blah, i dont know.
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
"probably a bad bottle, but as it was my first time trying it, iíll have to rate it from the one time. upon opening, the beer exploded out of the heavy ceramic bottle, and continued to overflow for several minutes. i was able to pour it with two fingers of head. i wasnít expecting a traditional porter (which it is not), but i donít know if the funkiness was on purpose or if the beer was totally spoiled, as i had no frame of reference. i was looking forward to trying a belgian porter, but as we had it, it poured thin, smelled funky, if not spoiled, had a thin mouthfeel and a rather unique, but ultimately boring flavor...like a flanders/porter hybrid. maybe iíll try it again one day to see if what we had was a true representation of this beer, but at the price, it may be a while."