davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice roasty, malty aroma. Seems to be a bottle conditioned beer although I can find no mention of it on the label. Dark brown color with mahogony highlights when held up to a light. Medium carbonation with a big tan head that dissapates rather quickly. Lighter mouthfeel than I would have expected. Good malty start, very fruity middle. Dry finish, with a slightly off, metallic tinge. A bit fruitier than I would like and not quite roasty enough. Still a fairly decent beer.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, tan head the goes away quickly. Faint roasty and clean odor. Mild raisin and coffee flavors, then some hop bitterness. clean finish.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer when poured in the glass looked opaque black with a rough brown head that dissipated to a thin line of bubbles. The beer lacked a strong hop aroma but had noticeable bite of hop bitterness. Great roasted coffee taste with a drying palatte feel that got stronger and deeper with time. The overall experience was excellent. The body was a bit lighter than I expected, but was not weak by any stretch of the imagination. An exceptionally drinkable brew, that is typically stelar work of this brewery.
Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark
brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, toasted
bread), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of dust and vanilla, hint of
toffee. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body,
watery texture, lively carbonation. Chalky/dusty nose at first provoked
a cough or two from the initial sniffs, but as that diminished, the
attractive malt profile took over. Soft hops work well in the
background. Very good flavor balance. Not the cleanest or most
interesting implementation perhaps, but still quite enjoyable.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Medium reddish-brown with a quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma is a bit faint, but has some chocolate, faint roasted grains, yeasty esters, and earthy notes. The flavor starts out well enough, with some chocolate malt, hop bitterness, and a crisp acidity, then turns sour and tart midway. There’s a bit of roasted grain bitterness on the finish, but it’s otherwise ruled by the overpowering sourness. This could have been a solid porter, but the rough finish screws it up. Thanks to goldtwins for the bottle.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad porter, not bad at all. Enjoyable! Slightly sweet and syrupy, with your typical tastes that you expect in a porter, nothing really too outlandish here. A little more fruity than I expected, with a nice malty finish.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color with a tan head. Malt and some fruit linger in the aroma. Sweet taste, fairly malty. Good beer from Sweetwater. Had this with jgb9348.
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in colour with a dense tan head. Smells of malt and grapes-pretty nice. Strong maltiness with a decent amount of sweetness. Aftertate fairly malty and pretty bittering. Overll, pretty good for the style...another good showing from Sweetwater. I had this beer on draught at Summit's in Sandy Springs (Atlanta), Georgia on 25-September-2003.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color with a large, frothy beige head. The aroma and flavor were both very slight...some nice burnt chocolate, dark fruits, and a sour cherry tone. The feel was too gassy...not smooth at all. I'm not impressed with this one.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, goblet, 50 degrees. Average, tan, creamy head is quickly diminishing and is on a deep brown body with cola to ruby edges. Chocolate and toasted grain malt; flowery hops; pepper, cola and port aromas. Aroma doesn't quite come together very well. Moderately sweet throughout with light bitterness, and a moderate sour acidity in the finish. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The chocolate/cola/pepper flavor just doesn't sit well with me. The bottom line is: another dissappointing SweetWater, IMHO.