willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.23.04 Bottle thanks to Secret Santa. Black beer with dark head. Aromas roasty and grainy, some smoke, some coffee, some burnt/caramelized sugars. The flavors mimic the aromas with the addition of oak notes. The palate is creamy and thick like chocolatey coffee that’s been left on the burner all day. Thanks Santa!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Willblake. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Roasty and malty. Aroma is slightly smokey. Smooth caramel flavors. Smooth and complex flavors. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Special thanks out to Willblake for this absolute gem. Deep brown, tan head. Nice roasty, slight smoke aroma, but you really have to search for the smoke, especially after Fred. Malty smokey smooth carmel flavor with a hop bitterness finish. Really smooth and complex. Nice!
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Philadelphia gathering, July 10. Wow, cool, someone had this, now I don’t have to trade for it...except I really liked it and want more than the tiny dregs of the bottle I got. I don’t know why this isn’t still listed as "smoked", the aroma on this thing is pure barbecue, sausage and Virginia ham and just a bit of spicy coffee, wonderful. In the flavor: vanilla, smoky malts, light finishing bitterness which grows much stronger when warm; sugar strong but subdued under the meat. Awesome.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled August 2002. Small light-brown frothy head. Dark brown body. Pretty complex aroma... sweet whiskey, light smoke at the start, burnt grain, with some sweet fruit (maybe grape0 and brown sugar. Taste has burnt charcoal followed by a fruity (grape) bitterness (grapefruit) and sweet with brown sugar. Some alcohol burn after a while, but it has a nice smooth and almost creamy/sticky feel. Very good beer.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 An essentially black body with a short-lived tan head. Dry charcoal-y aroma with a dark sweet presence right underneath it, smells like blueberry and apricot. Rose petals at the end of the aroma. Big malty flavor and that same dry charcoal wraps up with grapefruit tartness. Dark apricot notes in the malty start. The finish has more charcoal dust combined with porterish tartness. I enjoyed this beer a lot but I found the smoked element to be distracting.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a mild carbonation. Aroma is of sweet soy and raisins. Flavor is of sweet soy, raisins, with a bit of chocolate.
obxdude10 (2244) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color, generous tan head, a slight smokiness in the nose, full in the body, toasted notes in the flavors along with chocolate, milk & just a touch of vanilla, a bit of a burnt finish, great porter
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Major thanks to MRomero548 for not sending me this BigBitch of a Porter! –Mark, You Rock when you send beer; but you’ve never done that… so.. uhhh… you still rock!
Poured a deep black body and a highly dense kaki colored head...the lacing is full and drapes the inner glass. The aroma that is radiating from the snifter is heavy with Scotch Whisky, like a 40 year signal barrel aged whisky. It’s filled with robust suggestions of oak and dark fruits.
Holly Bitch-Burger, the flavor here is insane! Damn, even after 2 years this baby is roasty and toasty with the highly kilned chocolate malts, but it’s very polished and refined! There is just this big bitter/sweet mouthful of earthy peat and smoke, then milk chocolate and toffee, finishes with a bitter punch of French pressed coffee… not black though, but with a bold cream and sugar... some ground vanilla-bean as well! The punchy notes of whisky are amazing in this brew.. full of toasty malted grains. With 2 years of age, this porter presents the creamy texture and refined and robust character that defines greatness in this style!
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mysteriously dark brown and wafting with enticing aromas. In-fricken-credible mouthfeel; intensely rich and rewarding, with a chocolaty texture. Big notes of dark chocolate and lesser notes of peat, wood, smoke, coffee cake, milk and brown sugar. The teeter-totter is steady and level, with bitter hops and dark chocolate on one end and a syrupy sweetness on the other. The perfect hint of alcohol and a healthy amount of hops (but definitely not overdone) round it out. Oh, man, great beer! Thanks, Dave!