csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 22 oz from a 42 degree cellar. I drank the whole bottle over the course of an hour, so it heated up (I was playing cards with the missus). Tasted in tulip style, NB "worthy" glass. Black with a small tan head. Lots ío lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and floral, piney hops. The taste is initially roasted malt, then hops, hops, and hops. The hops are really piney. The finish is piney and balanced, not too dry, with some roated malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is not bad, but certainly not exceptional. This is pretty much a porter mixed with an IPA. Different, but tasty. Thanks to Bert for this one.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big fresh hop aroma, citrusy, with chocolate malts and toast in the background. Nice mohagany color, thick beige head, good lacing. Smooth flavor, nothing stands out, but there is chocolate, caramel, hops, and roastiness all blended in. Finishes kind of bitter and roasty. Medium full body. An interesting and complex porter. In general, I donít like a lot of hops in my porters, but this isnít bad.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Barely translucent. Intense sweet dark malt aroma, with a healthy hop charge as well, piney and intense. This smells great. Slightly burnt chocolate flavor, rich and velvety. A bit of bitter chocolate, with a mellow but persistent hoppiness keeping everything in check, good bitterness, with some piney flavor late. I am totally wowed by this guy. A stunner. Thanks a ton Heemer77
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Iím usually not a fan of highly hopped beers of this nature but this one actually works pretty damn well. Dark brown. The aroma is fairly subtle (but I assume it may have something to do with its age) with a gigantic chocolate candy bar malt taste in the flavor and an extreme hop flavor and bitterness. Rich and full body. Excellent right now, but when I find a fresher bottle I will definately re-rate. Rerate, my god this is a hoppy beast...It needs another year before Iíll try another bottle.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mike for bringing this one to Oíbriens last night! 2003... this beer poured a deep black w/ beautiful full red highlights, brown head and thin lacing. Flowers and dark fruit w/ hints of grapefruit and an alcohol sweetness on the nose... Woody and sweet w/ soury fermented fruit in the mouth... Good effervescence and full body, well rounded on the mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to eyedrinkale for sharing a bottle of this...only means I dont need have to open my bottle in the near future. This beer pours a deep red brownish color with a small tanned head and very small amounts of lacing. The aroma is hoppy, naturally with a nice degree of smoky vanillaness and pine sugar (yeah.. i did just say pine sugar!). Some malt and oak also in the nose. The flavor is medium bodied with a dry sweet finish. Light roasty flavors, some mild malts, not very hoppy at all..perhaps a hint of chocolate now and then.... tastes completely different from how it smelled.... very light bodied compared to what my expectations were coming into this beer. Nice, but not spectacularific...or something :)
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow - leave to the Three Floyds guys to ramp up a porter with hops! Nicely done - suprisingly well balanced. Hops manage not to overhwhelm the choclate & roast malts. Great stuff!
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark brownish-red color with a larger (4 finger) frothy tan head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, roasted malts and some coffee. Hops present as well (stronger Pine). Nicely balanced and complex. Very easy to drink. Iím glad I picked up a couple of bottles of this one!
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft) Of all the beers at Rich Oís, this one is perhaps the one thatís been recommended to me most often. Frankly, I donít understand all the hype. It is a good beer, but not a great one. I think my main problem was the gritty feeling I got in my mouth while drinking it. It almost seemed like there was something that hadnít quite dissolved all the way. By the end of the glass it was better. Other than the gritty mouthfeel, this beer smelled and looked fantastic, and it had a really good flavor - one that wasnít nearly as sweet as I was expecting. A very drinkable beer, but any place that has this probably has something better as well.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 Pours deep brown color. Aroma is Coffee and piney, grassy hops. Flavors are somewhat chocolaty with a citrus hop taste. Great porter, just a bit hoppier than a porter should be.