blankboy (6918) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with red hues and an average size mostly-lasting tan head. Mild aroma of lightly roasted caramel malt, some chocolate and light hops -- too mild for my liking. Flavour’s a bit watery and follows the aroma: Lightly roasted malt with some grassy hops coming through, some chocolate and a light bitter finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. It’s good but it’s a little simple and a touch bland.
Brewbie (467) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep dark brown, creamy tan head when poured. nutty burnt malt aroma. tastes of caramel with a bite from the hops. chocolate comes out more as it warms. 12oz bottle
jgb9348 (5316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown coloured body with a small tan head and large ruby tints throughout. Aroma of nuts, caramel, cherries, malt, chocolate and grapes run strong. Medium-bodied; Good tastes of nuts (once again), raisins, roasted malt, figs, chocolate and even licorice detected in the taste. Aftertaste shows strong flavours of malt and lingering bitterness throughout. Overall, this beer is a good porter to try, complex, but still lacking a bit. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 07-March-2007.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle shared at volgons. Aroma is oxidized caramel with notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste is the same, lightly bitter finish.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a small film of tan bubbles, mostly concentrated around edges. Rich roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, caramel and earthy hops. Medium to full bodied and smooth with medium carbonation. Rich malty and lightly sweet ending.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Pours a clear ruby with a thin tan head, stale grains and light fruits in the aroma, sharp yeast, light body and not all that.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet pour with medium tan head. Malty, roasted malt aroma. Faint hints of chocolate. Roasty, toasty malt, sweetness, milky flavors as well. Smooth, well made porter.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with ruby hues and a pillowy wispy-lacing tan head. Lightly sweet roasty malty aroma has some light fruity tartness and a touch of dark chocolate. Body starts with a fizzy mild caramel malty sweetness turning more citric and sour toward a drier earthy finish with lingering dark chocolate. This is most likely in the midst of infection, which is unfortunate, because it would probably be a good beer otherwise.
argo0 (12636) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 Nitro, 7/16/14. Creamy beige head atop clear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chococaramel, light roast, earthy, coffee. Taste is medium sweet, roast, earthy, chocolate, coffee, some caramel. Light-medium body, light stickiness. 7/3/7/3/13
12oz bottle, 12/27/06. Small beige head atop clear, dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, roast, chocolate. Light-medium body, some resin, light acidity. The appearance is the only characteristic that fits a porter profile -- this beer is much too hoppy, with not enough maltiness (though it does intensify slightly as it warms). Not that this is a bad thing as far as my appreciation, just pointing out that my expectations did not equal results. 6/3/8/3/15
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Deep, nearly opaque ruby-brown (clear, as in "not hazy") with a large foamy-creamy light brown head. Lush aroma of milk chocolate, caffe latte, nutmeat, cream, mint leaves and light herbal hops - very nice - a bit of molasses and vanilla as it warms. Taste is quite bitter - baker’s chocolate, grapefruit pith bitter hops, coffee grounds, more malt and lactic sweetness in the finish; odd bit of celery juice at the end. Average body, creamy mouthfeel with some nice astringency in the moderately long and bitter finish - pretty solid porter.