Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with a long lasting large tan head and big time lace. The aroma is slighlty smoked and dark and very malty rich. The flavor is bitter chocolate, slightly smoked, and coffee like. The palate is rich and appealing. Overall, I grow tired of Porters, but this one seems to provide some interest.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black. First flavor that comes to mind is coffee. I also taste the roasted smokey flavor. Very rich and somewhat hoppy. A good beer, but i like most of the other stones better.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Tap (5/03/04): While very good, nothing better than your average porter. Aroma: smoked porter, sweet syrup. Flavor: sweeter than average porter, coal, coffee. Finish: almost meaty, classic porter. Very good, yet nothing unique. Draught (12/24/04) in buffalo: Deep, dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is quite roasty, lots of roasted malt, no smoke. Rating stays the same as previous.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a medium beige head. Chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit aroma. Nice roasted coffee, smoked wood, malt, dark fruit and floral hops flavors. Slightly dry, bitter hops finish.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark reddish-brown, big light tan head, very mild chocolate nose. Roasty, chocolate, hint of coffee, just a little smoke. Some finishing bitterness.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely sweet, caramelly nose. Strong flavour of burnt rubber, lots of bitterness, sweet caramel and some roast. Sweetish finish, quite bitter, with an astringent hoppiness and burnt character. This would be a good beer if it wasn’t for the feeling I was drinking liquified tyres! (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smoked malt is the predominant flavor of this beer, although the normal coffee and chocolate flavors of a good porter come out as well. Amongst the 10 best Porters in the world!
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoot! Great beer to choose to celebrate the US win over Mexico. Smells a bit of malt but I was suprised to find that hops dominate the nose. Full body feel with what I feel is a perfect balance of malt and hops. Great beer!
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Very dark brown color with small tan head and good lacing. Aroma of malty chocolate and toffee. Taste has a nice dry coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate. The smoke is fairly minor, which is great because I really dislike rauchbiers. The smoke actually adds to the flavor for me! Very smooth and drinkable. By FAR the best smoked beer I have had so far.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Dark brown in appearance. Smoke flavor was apparent but not overwhelming by any means. A solid porter.