hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... Sparkling clear, very dark, crimson brew with a large khaki head. Cirrus lacing. The aroma is of cocoa, vanilla, caramel and coffee. A little thin, but well-bittered. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Short, crisp, clean finish. Grassy at the wee end.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2004. Deep brown body and thick beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and nuts. Chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor as well. Medium to full bodied. This is a standard robust porter.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 Had to re-rate this. I don’t know if they are tweaking the recipes or what, but this beer is getting better.Mmuch more roasty than it used to be and more full bodied. Had one Sept 21st 2005 that was kinda wimpy, but it’s the first time it wasn’t stellar.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/mahogany body with a tan/khaki head. Smells delicious, nuts, sweet and chocolaty. Taste is big time dark roasted malt, sweet brown sugar, dark roasted coffee and of course, chocolate. Aftertaste is a nice roasted hop finish. Solid porter. Sampled on draught at Tampa Bay Brewing Co in Ybor City, FL
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with some reddish hues when held to a bright light. Aroma and flavor is toasted malt, caramel, coffee and chocolate that finishes with a hoppy crispness. Body is rich and medium.
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Chocolate aroma. Flavour is chocolate w/ a little roast. The cask version is ridiculously smooth.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice florida version of the english porter, not overly hopped like some west coast versions.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a bitter coffee or a burnt candy, very thick. Tastes the same but with a bit of molasses sweetness and finishes with more molasses. nice head, great color. solid porter.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Tampa Bay Brewing. A large sized light brown head that was creamy and smooth with fine sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was uncarbonated and opaque with a dark brown hue. The nose was that of chocolate and coffee with a coffee flavor. The palate was creamy and smooth and this was a Porter that was light bodied for its style. The lacing was excellent.
thedm (5028) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 80. This draft brew was sampled at the brewery in Tampa Florida and was served to us by Jim McCann the brewer and Vicky Owen the owner. This brew poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored long lasting bubbles that left behind an opaque dark brown colored body with no visible carbonations and a fair lace. The aroma was that of a medium strength malt and the mouthfeel was tingly and smooth at the start then diminished in the mild hop finish. It had a mild brown beer flavor and was somewhat unporter like.