DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask (RAF): a dark pour still let dribbles of ruby light through..gigantic hops and roasts join hands in a display of tangy smoke and anchovy love..a thick and full palate keeps everything just right..the flavors drop the anchovy notes and welcome more hops, chocolate, dark plums, white grapes smothered in hot fudge..and some more smokeyness..A nice hopped up, thick, enjoyable porter..one of few.
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 ReRate-22oz bomber-sampled with whaleman at our New Mexico beer marathon. Pours an almost pitch black with a huge brown head that would not give up!! Citrus/chocolate aroma-some coffee, but covered up mostly from the intense alpha acid hops. Sharp sweetness on the palate, but not as much hops as i thought there would be on the flavor. very interesting balance for a 3f's brew. Nice lacing all around the snifter glass. Can we say India Porter? This is the top porter in my book.
This dark beer can fool you. Expecting bitterness, I was suprised to be hit by the complex mixture of tastes. A combination of malt, fruit, and chocolate comes together to form a flavor that makes it hard to put this beer down. Very smooth... cheers!
omhper (19963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled from growler, thanks hopsrus!!
Black, not much head. Tarry aroma. Overwhelmingly velvetty soft maltiness. Richly fruity and chocolatey. Well balanced sweetness and a salty, bitter finish. Possibly the best porter I've ever had!
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate malts and floral hops. A medium bodied porter. The roasted chocolate malts are offset by a surprising amount of grapefruity hops. A flavor fest: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cheery/berries and caramel. Smooth taste. Very well balanced. Soft round taste. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Thanks to Hopsrus for this one.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops?!? WTF are hops doing in my porter?? Ahh well. Not exactly to style but a damn fine brew. Hoppy nose with chocolate and vanilla as it warms. Big fat tan creamy head that easily replenishes on top of a dark, dark garnet body. Citrus hoppieness , chocolate, coco, molasses, vanilla, cream, dark berries, a little dog, and more chocolate. Finishes with fresh hops and dark chocolate. Thank you Psychprof.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled by hopsrus. Thanks John! Pours a deep black that only reveals its ruby heart when held an inch from a light.A wispy head that reduces to a halo around the glass.Excellent nose full of chocolate and hops.Nice full lush mouthfeel. A milk chocolate sweetness is the first flavor that hits followed by hints of vanilla and molasses.Ends with a hop bite and a bitterness that has touches of black licorice.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 2003 22oz bomber. This batch seemed a little different than last years. Aroma and flavors are more like an IPA than a porter. That's OK, I always wanted to try a dark IPA. Some chocolate in there but dominated by piney hops. Another fine brew by Three Floyds.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trademark Alpha King grapefruity hops aroma is followed by malty roastiness and a back of the throat hops splash. This is truly the Alpha King gone dark. Three Floyds grows themselves some of the finest hops around! Well bottled Ed!
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 Nice aroma and great looking beer at pouring. Slightly sweet with chocolate malt coming through. Not as hoppy as last years. Great porter
2004. Back to the 2002 version. Of course, hopped, but with a smoother mouthfeel and more roasty chocolate malt flavor and presence. Very piney with less citrus than last year. NICE
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Conditioned! Decent amount of hops with a medium to light body for a porter. Plenty of Chocolate malt. Great taste. My newest top 5 porter.