Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2004 #300, I saved for something good and local. (Thanks Whaleman). Black pour with minimal head. All roasted malt, coffee and bitter hops taste. A very good Anniversary beer. Excited about #8.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color with not much head or lacing. Aroma is highly roasted with a touch of coffee and slight hops. Flavor is highly bitter and creamy, hops are present, but the malt makes a nice malty front, surprisingly this balances itself. Also notes of vanilla and smoke seep through the flavor. Slight smoky finish, a very nice porter, I like.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
#400! Pours a very dark brown with nice ruby edges no head really or lace. Coffee and chocolate are dominating the nose here. Some alcohol lingers under that as well. Some fruit as well. Mmm, smokey. Again with the chocolate and roast malts underneath the smoke. Very smooth palate and medium bodied. This is a damn fine beer.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This has got to be the best porter that my tongue has had the privilege of experiencing. The aroma is strong but not overbearing and is definitely smokey with undertones of coffee and chocolate - wonderful. The color is dark dark brown, almost black - beautiful. The flavor is sweet and chocolatey, reminds me of coffee. Very smooth, leaves my tongue nice and tingly. Excellent, I hope to find this again someday.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant... just brilliant.... I made a mess in my jeans when i smelled it....The color is ebony, the aroma reminds me a smoked porter and an excellent barley wine, very strong. The smoke flavor was less than that of the smoked porter, the smoke was mellowed, a sweet taste with hints of dark chocolate malts, and some hops, smooth smooth smooth, full palate and a pleasantly smoked aftertaste. One of the best.
egajdzis (6004) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown, with some reddish hues around the edges and a tan head. No real lacing to speak of. Roasted, coffee, some alcohol in the aroma. Some smoke was certainly present, followed by roasted coffee and alcohol as well in the taste. This was super, thanks whaleman!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one pours dark black with a thick head and good retention. Aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Smoke is way in the back. Full bodied and slightly syrupy. More like an Imperial Stout in my opinion. Very smooth and alcohol is well disguised by the roasty sweet malt. This is one heavy Porter bordering on a Stout. Has a slight bitter and dry finish. Thanks to CaptainCougar for bestowing upon me this wonderful brew.
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
almost tar colored pours like maple syrup and tastes great for a smoked porter.as always stone rules
jaymobrown (1830) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, chocolate, smoked nose with a chocolate colored head. Roasted dark malt and chocolate flavors at first and then amazingly turns into a nice smoke flavor. Slight bitterness. Really long finish that sticks to the mouth. Vanilla sweetness in the nose. Excellently crafted.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Completely black with generous tan head. Chocolate and other dark malts make for a superior roasty nose. Thick and strong roasted malt taste that quiclkly fades to a dry, smokey, vanillin rush. Some almost-fruity flavors on the sides of my tongue...insanely wonderful.