Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Courtesy of TheBeerCellar2 via trade. Nice combination of chocolate, pine, and light coffe in the aroma. I’m also detecting a faint smell of alcohol. Pours a dark reddish-brown with just the slightest hint of transparency. Small beige head quickly fades to a ring. Moderate roastiness up front doesn’t seem to blend well with light sugary chocolate and fruit. Finishes with some nuttiness and a hint of metal. The flavors just don’t mesh for me.
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.
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.
Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is alittle much. Has a great look. Taste is way too much for me. Not real impressed with this beer.
cheap (3940) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok, my first sweet water, from a bottle. You know, there certainly is a difference between porter and stout. In some examples you can really tell the difference and in others you cannot. Pretty clean smell of mildly volatile roasted beer. Very dark. At first I think the alky level is too strong but after a few minutes it tend to mellow a bit. Goodly amount of the roasted porter thing in this brew. Yes not bad with itmildly sizzling co2. Leaves some bitterness there residing on the back of the tongue after each big swig. Near bitter personality builds inthe back ofthe throat towards the finish.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma of chocolate rises to great the nose. A minute head sits upon a solution that is the color of bitter-sweet chocolate. The mouth is introduced to this beer through the infused flavors of chocolate and malt, but these are quickly overtaken by a smokey taste that won’t leave easily.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - FEB 18, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of milk chocolate, giving way to roast coffee. Appears a dark, almost opaque brown, with deep mahoganey colors on the edges, and with no head to speak of. Flavor is bright but lemony at the start, giving way to a full roasted flavor, but devolving quickly into an acidic sharpness. Palate is fizzy and detracts from the overall effect. Overall, this is not a great offering, and a bit less than the sum of its parts.
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is soapy and papery with burnt malt and chocolate. The appearance is brown with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a very bitter finish. The palate is average for the style. Overall I am not a big fan.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle --->funky shaped Ballentine glass, Pours cola black with small tan head and no lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and cheep draft beer. Decent bitter roasted cocoa taste, Palate is way too thin. A decent session porter, but that’s about it.
omhper (19187) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled, thanks SpringsLicker!
Very dark brown, airy head. Vinous coffee nose. Roasty and light bodied with sharp mouthfeel. Metallic, lightly bitter finish.