raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Bottle: .Dark brown,with a creamy,khaki head. Huge aroma of pine,grapefruit,with caramel,chocolate undertones. This has the most aromatic hop character,most Iíve encountered in a while. Creamy mouthfeel.Thich texture. Big body. Up front mocha,chocolate flavors. Hops kick in right away and are blended with smoke,and what may be the sugar used. Finish is loaded with piney hops,but near balanced with burnt caramel,and mocha.Thanks mike.
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Aroma of pine, cardamom, rye and scotch. Very sweet overall... but with a big earthy peat/soil quality. Gritty, thick and sweet. Really a complex mix of flavors, and an excellent beer. Had this one on "opening night 2003" with Mike, Joe, Allison and Ann, and opened my bottle of it to celebrate the end of finals on 12/18/2003 - bottle was still as described above... absolutely excellent.
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 Chocolate brown hue with good creamy beige head and lace. The aroma hinted of pine, grapefruit, caramel, toast, smoke and candied pineapple. Real nice nose. The flavor was mocha sweet and heavy but not for long...big bitter piney tone made for a unique surprise. The smoky and almost nutty undertone adds to the flavor complexity. The mouthfeel is syrupy but not really sticky, smooth and lush with enough carbonation from becoming too much. Dangerously drinkable, WOW! Even better than last years batch which was smoother and not as hoppy. A stand out within the genre, you would be hard pressed to find a more unique porter.
steview (1034) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 hello! aroma: sweet, chocolate, pine trees, and citrus - itís a candy Christmas forest! appearance: dark brown pour. black body
with barely a ruby highlight. fantastic head - twinkles, light brown, tight bubbles, and frothy. it leaves a nice crystalline lace. looks like a stout. flavor and palate: so smooth, rich, spice, chocolate, a little cloy. i like it though. itís as if a pine tree were tapped and out poured a delicious chocolate brew, not syrup... a delicious porter. my favorite porter. UPDATE 11/26/04 / bomber to stem glass / not that thick, actually. chocolate--tastes great with chocolate, btw--with a bitter and citrus aftertaste. itís not normal! but i did downrate.
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An absolutely outstanding porter. Great chocolate and hop character. Full mouthfeel, and a warm inviting nose. Another great brew from FFF.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black-reddish colour with thin beige head. Fresh hoppy aroma with tones of coffee and spices.
Sweet flavour with citrus and spicy tones. Dry.
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Interesting, uncommon blend of pine needles, ozone, and the West Coast. Lovely foaming, off-white, clinging head. Very pitch dark body (in the 95% opaque range). So creamy, like a sea of bubbles, even sout-like. Lots of malts, but you canít ignore the hops driving the flavor. Nice beer in a way, but I just couldnít stop wishing I was drinking a Fullers London Porter instead. I didnít need these hops. (on tap, d.b.a., Manhattan) (June 3, 2003 rating: 6-5-6-5-14) // Re-rated November 20, 2004 from a bottle. Huge pine and passive smoking when someone threw Christmas wrapping paper into the fireplace. Very thin, with a flavor that introduces some German sausage and smoke. Clear dark with lacing. (Re-rated as: 8-4-7-3-15).
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Looks like a perfect stout - black body with a lush, frothy "draught" head. Surprisingly sweet, yet perfectly balanced with hopps. Fruity like a barleywine. Good, but very different. I think it would be a little better if it wasn't so heavy and sweet.
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[draught] Very oatmeal stout like - sweet and thick for a porter - nice head, aroma of chocolate - balanced with a slight hop presence.
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color was very dark, almost black. This beer was very rich and thick, but still smooth. It had a sweet fruity taste to it, with a coffee aftertaste. Not as much chocolate or coffee flavors as the other proters ive had.