SaveTheAles (5) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bit too unbalanced for my tastes as it is now, but should get better with aging. Had a cloying sweetness in the nose and finish, with a subtle smoke aroma. Not enough hop aroma and bitterness to counteract the rich, viscous body and sweet, malty flavors. Also had strong alcoholic aroma and flavor, which became more pronounced as it warmed. The alcohol overpowers other elements, namely the roastiness and smokiness. I’d prefer it much more with less residual sugars (i.e. drier) and with sharper hop bitterness. If you’re gonna boost the malt over-the -top, make sure to boost the hops accordingly!
Re-rate 12/23/02: Different bottle from a different batch. This was much more balanced. Smokiness much more apparent, alcohol much more subdued, better attenuated (drier), and more noticeable bitterness. This bottle and others I’ve tried more recently are much more balanced. They taste like they’ve been aged/conditioned longer.
MattH (780) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle for $4.99 from Bottles N Bins in Monterey, CA. Dark brown pour. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Flavor is the same.
alobar (3530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cola brown with aroma of roasted malt, smoke, dark fruit and wood. Roasted malt flavor with smoke, cherry, dark chocolate, and wood. Very nice beer!
bhensonb (14073) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from A.J.’s Food Mart in Soquel. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of smoke, medium dark fruit, some treacle, and chocolate. Med body or so. Flavor is smoky, chocolate, toffee and fruits.. But smoke is the major flavor contributor. With time berry is noticeable. Smoked berry? Weird, but nice. Good stuff.
Fin (9564) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer Gonzo webshop. Earlsdon, Coventry on the Stena Hollandica en route to Hoek of Holland, Thursday 22nd September 2016 Dark chestnut in colour but with a ruby hue, a small light beige head sits atop. Quite a hoppy burst but with an underlying softness and smokey edge. Some bitter chocolate and coffee but green hops come through, I have to say I find the bitterness a bit rough and it’s a little unbalanced. Maybe I will like it a bit more as I get through this. A6 A4 T7 P4 OV13 3.4
Davros (2773) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small head.
Nose shows roasted malt and cocoa, nutty malt and soft liquorice.
Flavours include more roasted malt, soft booze and heavy cocoa.
Cokemonkey11 (505) - - SEP 19, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unaged. Big brown American bottle. Pours dark brown with a ruby hue. Thick tan foam, uneven, subsiding slowly. Scent is medium caramel Porter. Little chemical soapy. Taste is medium caramel and a bit early hops. Quite mature combination despite simple hop body. Vanilla. Excellent.
DuffLover (121) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious porter with chocolate notes in the taste and aroma. Would definitely seek this out.
Headbanger (3847) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 9/15/16 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-42° in shaker-Pours black with a small loose tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, and slight smoke. Taste of the same with more coffee, and smoke on the back end. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and hits the spot on a cool evening.
M15ter (54) - - SEP 15, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cola colored with thin tan head.
Straw, chalk, hay, chocolate, vanilla, and butterscotch aromas.
Malty sweetness throughout with slight bitter and sour notes on the finish.
Chocolate, coffee, cola, and floral flavors.
Very drinkable, fairly high ABV porter.
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bpreo (2529) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2016
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Not bad at all. It’s got a delicious smokiness, a bit toasty on the back of the throat. Great Anniversary beer!!