Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to slikwily for this one! Coffee, Cocoa, Espresso in the nose. Thick tan head that is well lasting. Taste is bitter coffee and bitter chocolate, slighly thinner then I would have liked. It’s like a walk through the forest, and you can smell that piney smell, overall a above average porter that I was glad to have tried.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with small white head. Nice roasted smokey chocolate flavor. Nice beer.
RugbyMike (14) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a traditional porter. This beer is more like a lighter-bodied Guinness. I find it thoroughly drinkable as well as refreshing. I prefer this over the sweet-finishing porters, but that is just my personal taste.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a quick diminishing head. Very good roasted and smokey flavor with hints of chocolate. Slightly acidic.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I loved this beer. It's a nice introduction to the style. Roasted malt, chocolate, smokey flavors. Even and predictable. A very Tasty porter. This is my favorite summit followed by the pale ale.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: fresh baked cookies, pine trees and oak. also, slight smells of baking soda and coffee.
Appearnace: black with tan head
Flavor: harsh, dark coffee flavors. slight dark chocolate tastes. harsh bitterness with smokey, very acidic aftertaste.
Palate: harsh, bitter aftertaste, almost too harsh. quite bubbly
Overall: more like a stout than a porter
3fourths (8697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black with a medium brown fizzy head that dies quickly. Smoky blck licorice sharp aroma, like oil, some hoppy pine and some mint. Pinecones come to mind. Thick and syrupy and a good smooth body. Black and smoky, with small hints of sweet fruit, the finish is an abrasive smoky oil flavor. Impressive. Some cherry evident in the long-lasting finish.
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2004
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Reddish brown hue with okay tan head and good lace. The aroma is roasted and floral grains, butternut, coffee,light mocha, and some citrus notes. The taste is mostly bland malt and piney hops, which dominate, which is bad thing for most porters. An acidic twang and coffee snap is the only thing keeping this from becoming a drain pour. Weak mouthfeel, fizzy and chalky. A poor example of a Porter. The 2nd most overrated beer I have rated.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 A peat flavor. Nice smokey suggestion. Dark black, light body. Good entry into the porter family. UPDATE: Just had a bottle of this at the 2004 Crescent Moon Vintage Beer Tasting. It was from 1987! No head at all. Dark black and sweet. Low hops, no lace. This did not age well.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful deep brown, almost black colour with a fine brownish head. A lovely roasted porter! Especially the great aroma stands out (coffee, chocolate). Slightly light-bodied. Ends with a pretty long, bitter "bite" which I think could be improved: IMHO a drier less "acidic" finish would make this porter truly outstanding!