jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beer on the Pier in NYC. One of the best offerings at the festival. Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt, espresso and
a hint of smokiness. Slightly sweet malt flavor on first sip, quickly dries and leaves you wanting more. I was afraid it
would be overly smoky in aroma and flavor but was pleasantly surprised. Just the smallest smoked malt flavor helps make this a great porter.
Pailhead (5685) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Aroma is chocolate, cream, coffee, and hops. Pours a dark reddish-brown, very slight transparency, with a nice white head with fair retention. Nice lacing. Malty in the beginning with chocolate and cream, with a moderate hop coffee finsh. Only slight smoke flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Aftertaste is mostly moderate coffee and hops.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma hit was a strong indication of what was to come...liquid vinous ovaltine. She looked and smelled fantastic, but the smoked element in the flavor was really off-putting, like burnt popcorn. Finish was medium length, with some soy and a kick of the usual Stone hop bitterness.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 Smells chocolatey and sweet with hints of smoke and coffee. Deep brown color with a decent tan head. Tastes sweet and rich with flavors of burnt cocoa. Finishes slightly bitter with a kiss of hops. Not smokey enough for the style in my opinion.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost opaque. Dark maroon in colour. Great chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Nice chocolate malt taste with some coffee and a good hop bitterness.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark, opaque in a mug, with a nice roasted aroma. Rich roasted flavours with just a bit of smoke.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a light head that sticks around. Light but pleasant roasted malt aroma with a little smoke. Roasted coffee flavor with some more of the smoke in the finish. My first brew with even a little smoke...interesting.
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black, with light brown lasting head. Nose is coffee, lightly roasted and light malt. Good roasted profile , with just a hint of smoke
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown, brownish/tan head for a few seconds and then dissolves away quickly, great smoky smell, can taste the chocolate that ends in a smoky taste. would like to drink again.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Pours a very dark brown/black with a reddish hue and a thick beige head. Aroma is of light smoke and wood. Taste is of coffee, mocha, very light peat, roasted malt and balanced hoppage. Perfect amount of sweetness with a mild burnt aftertaste. Medium to light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, one of the best porters out there, recommended.