zoucrew102 (1333) - - JUN 10, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate, smoke, cherry, coffee and toffee. Pours dark brown with a large light brown head that has excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with roasted malt and chocolate flavors and has a rich body and smooth mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with toffee, coffee, cherry and nice smoke that lingers on the palate after. Nice, rich porter.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Rootbeer tinged dark brown pour with a thin layer of bubbly tan head. Sweetish, fruity malt character thats taken on a bit of an oxidized port dimension at this time, which is able to successfully impart pleasant impressions of dried strawberries and prune flesh. Quite light on the roast, and the fruity malt flavors are quite dominant. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. An interesting dry chocolate fudge starts out on the palate, along with a light vanilla mocha chocolate roast. A nice touch of smoked prune fruitiness accompanies before a bitter hop finale. The amount of hop bitterness left in this is quite remarkable given the age; the hops still have some of the pithy white grapefruit character and alpha acid bitterness left over, and havenít succumbed to the overly stale or vegetal state like several other beers from this generation. Interesting brew overall, especially how the hop character seems to have aged a bit more gracefully than the malt, although the malt flavors are still solid. Fruity, somewhat oxidized bouquet with a relatively healthy chocolate malt flavor and bitter hop finish.
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 Oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pitch black presentation with a tan colored head. The aroma was chocolate, malt and coffee. The taste was a smooth rendition of the aroma. An outstanding beer.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive color, meaty smokey aroma, with plenty of hops as well. Coming out of the beer fridge (50F) I am met by a powerful meaty smokiness. The fact that this is hoppier and bigger than the regular smoked porter is very evident. Even cellar temp is not warm enough for this beer. As the beer is not warm enough at 50F for the sweet malts to balance the meaty smokiness. As it nears room temperature, it really comes into its own. Bigger than the regular smoked porter, yes, better, yes, but not a lot.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like this one alot. Dark brown in color, the aroma had both a strong smell of malt and hops. The taste is similiar to the aroma, well balanced between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops. Itís an excellent beer folks.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very much stout like. Big roast and mocha beer with nice smoke and bittersweet cocoa. Viscous and huge mouthfeel. some oak and vanilla notes with burnt raisins and toffee. Good finish nice mild malt bitterness.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night with a frothy mocha head. Intensely full bodied, rich chocolate malt flavor with a hint of a smokey-coffee flavor. A bitter (hop) aftertaste. My favorite porter to date.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tan head, almost black color. Foamy head.
Malty aroma, alcohol detected, sweet and strong
smell. Flavor is slightly smokey, with strong,
malty flavor. Strong alcohol aftertaste. Not
for the weak. Very excellent.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
C-bus7. Light malt and oxidation in the aroma. Dark brown body with a medium palate. Light chocolate and tons of oxidation on this one. It is definitely past its prime.
jflopsu (1186) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with light brown. A smoky aroma, grain, and chocolate aroma. A strong smoky taste with chocolate and roasted malts. A lingering smoky aftertaste.