albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2003 Smoked, roasted taste with a mild chocolate undertone. I noticed a wiskey-ish sort of underlying taste which I took quite a liking to. I will buy more of this as soon as I can.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2003 A very nice tasting porter. The aroma is strong and hits you before you can even taste the greatness. I'm not the hugest fan of porters, but this one is great - the initial taste of chocolate tempts the palate before delivering a perfect balance of hops along with a smokey-coffee flavor. The porter is very dark black, almost opaque with a thick, dark head. The flavors are plentiful and the porter stays with you for hours after drinking. A must try beer - this porter has it all.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: smells a bit fishy and of cholorine (chemical smells), bit of smokey aroma, chocolate and coffee, wood. Slight scents of smoked cheddar or smoked salmon.
Appearance: very dark, light tan head.
Flavor: Sweet bitterness with dry hopped bite. Flavors of cream, sweet chocolate, dark coffee, smoke. Consistency of chocolate syrup (thick and sweet).
Palate: Dry, hoppy bite with a hopped aftertaste.
Overall: Too hoppy for a porter, I like them a bit smoother.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8/26/04. On draft at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 8/26/04. Pours a very dark coffee brown, pretty clear. Head is light, sort of a white sandy tan. Fat, lumpy ashen lacing, fast but sandy and nice. Aroma has some chocolate, bright smoke, sweetness, richly luscious, and a bit of unmalted barley. Big round smokiness and dark brown sugar. A touch of burnt sugar, some sharp hops and a touch of alcohol. Dark malts all over the place. Medium body, silky smooth. Finish is long and mean with a touch of brown sugary stickiness creeping in. Very delicious beer, and I wish they would make this on the regular. Much more malt presence and much more complex than their typical smoked porter.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very well done. Nice black color with great coffee flavor. The hint of choclate at the end does wonders. A great beer.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, opaque, dark brown beer with a big tan head. Aroma of smoke, malt, and hops. Very smoky flavor with lots of malt, hop flavor, and bitterness. A friend commented "This tastes like it’s dry-hopped with beef jerky!" Thick, creamy, and full-bodied. As is, it tasted young with each flavor component standing a little too much on its own. Give this beer a year in the cellar to round itself out a little and it will be phenomenal.
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz Bomber right in to the glass with am impressive lace and an absolute smell of perfection. dark , really dark. Smoky rich and malty are what comes to mind after the first few sips.Thick rich palate perfectley accompanies the malty oak complexity of this Porter.Flavours of hops, homemade bread,German chocolate cake, and triple shot latte,Ends somewhat salty and still a definite top 50 beer.Robust is the signature of this Porter, this beer came straight from Mr.ArrogantBastard, Thanks Greg you have another winner here, Extremely Recommended !
MrDick (354) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite porter. Dark, roasted chocolate. And hoppy bitterness that's uncommon for a porter. Can taste the smoke rolling off your tongue.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful dark, thick malty brew, with a thick creamy head, and aa great malty aroma. Full of malty flavor, and just the right touch of bitterness.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Same appearance as their smoked porter. Much hoppier aroma, more edgy, not really smoky enough. More on the hop side than the chocolate one. I like the original one much better.