Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, ruby edges with a small tannish head that dissapates quickly and leaves a fair lacing. Hops and alcohol fill the aroma. Some malt, some spice. Malt starts out this beer, it runs along to hops and finishes slightly bitter. Some fruit as well as some caramel flavors. Full bodied. Smooth palate slightly creamy. Interesting porter. Very different. Thanks Ed!
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a unique beer experience for me. Dark reddish-brown with a nice beige head. The hops hit my nose right away. Once I got past the hops in the flavor, it was a little bit sweet, not fruity and not quite candy-like, maybe it's that Mexican sugar. I'll definitely keep my eye out for this in the future.
argo0 (12924) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2003) Black body with medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, milk chocolate, some grapefruit/pine, light roasty. Taste is chocolate grapefruit, which, although sounding disgusting, works quite well. Roasty and light pine round out the flavors. Medium body. A very nice beer, and one for which I heartily thank BBB63. That being said, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.
JMerritt (1931) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was happy to say the least to find this on tap when visiting friends in Chicago. This very dark brown beer had a huge, sweet hop and caramel malt aroma. Fantastic. Pine and oak flavors dominate, with the underlying citris always present and following through to the finish. Truly delicious.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Very unique aroma for a porter, this one has a big hop profile, very piney , sweet. Beer pours dark brown with a very large, fluffy, bubbly off white head that is retained. Flavor goes with the aroma. Initial flavor is malty, a bit smoked, the finish is hoppy though not in the massive amount the aroma suggests. An extremely unique brew that gets added to my must have each year list. Thanks to EddieG for this one.
Update for 2004 version: This one for me now hits all the marks. Incredible pine, spruce, chocolate aroma. One of the most lush mouthfeels ever, and the most delicious flavor of chocolate and hops ever. My first perfect score!!!
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 (Darught) Pours a brown color with a small head. Has a big hoppy flavor with hints of chocolate.
Frank (3894) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Well, my opinion of this stuff has raised considerably from last year (3.3 rating). I’m not sure if the recipe has changed or if it’s just me. My notes this year are about the same only this year it seemed better balanced and much easier drinking. You forget about the 7.5% ABV and have four pints and off you go....
Original Rating: Sort of a porter crossed with an IPA (you know, with the hearty dose of American hops and all...). Dark with a small, tan head and tons of lace. Nose is dominated by pine/earth notes from heavy-handed hopping. A sharp bite up front followed by dark malts and an almost unpleasant amount of earthy bitterness.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! What a strange brew.Dark black color with small head. Grapefruit smell with chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma.Hoppy bitter taste.Alcohol is surprisingly strong.Finish is spicy,dry and very long.Truly a weird porter.
DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft, at the Map Room Solid brown body, with a thin, lacy head. Very low alcohol taste, but that's only the perception. Rides the very thin line between chewy and watery mouthfeel like a porter should, but with the addition of the 3 Floyds “mouth full of hop pellets” effect. Hop effect can’t help but overrun the chocolate malt taste. Starts out somewhat grapefruitty, but then hangs around when you’ve finished to playfully bitch slap your uvula! Special thanks to Nick Floyd for treating at the Map Room release party!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 2003 vintage. Ultra-black body and a huge and dense light tan head with tiny uniform bubbles. Smells like the world’s first India Porter. Major hop action in the nose! Aroma also includes roasted coffee, light smoke, and Mexican chocolate. TTB and I spent about 15 minutes getting high on the fantastic aroma while we waited for the relentless head to fade. The flavor basically matches the aroma except more subdued. Includes some nice fruity sour notes. Also a bit soapy. Medium body is less than expected. Truly a world class porter. 10,5,8,4,18
2004 vintage was less enthralling.