hopdog (9829) - 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.
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 I had been wanting to try this for a long time. Special thanks to FooFaa for sending this to me. The pour was black as expected from a nice american porter. When I first started sipping it was pretty cold. I am at home for Christmas and didnít have access to my beer fridge with variable temp. I had to put it in my parents fridge. So with a cold start there was some nice chocolaty roast character and nice hop bite in the finish. Just a little bitter, with plenty of clean flavor. As it warmed up, a lot more roast came out, which I enjoy. This beer was loved by both my mom and my brother, neither of which will usually drink anything dark. This was a huge hit. Great stuff.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nose is piney with mocha, full bodied. taste is creamy and clean with strong taste of pine needles. drinking this is like eating a pine tree and chocolate/coffee milkshake. very good
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown coloured body, not fully opaque, but 95% or so. Off-white head that fades fast. Aroma is CRAZY-tons of hops, smoe malt and tons more hops (this beer is two years old!). Medium-bodied; Strong hoppy flavour with no roasty & coffee flavours that youíd expect from this style. Not the traditional porter at all. Aftertaste shows the bitter hop flavour with no usual roasty malt tastes. Overall, great to try (iíve been saving this bottle for some time), especially at two years, but not really a porter to me. If I had my eyes closed, I would have thought this was an IPA. Many thanks to Mike (BBB63) for sending this to me a year and a quarter ago...Merry Christmas everyone! I sampled this 65 cL bottle received in a trade from BBB63 on 24-December-2004.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big hoppy aroma, piney and some chocolate too. Deep brown, trace of red at the edges, a tiny toffee head. Flavour of malt and hops, very well balanced, full bodied, bitter aftertaste. Fantastic!
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber. Rich, velvety, brown color. Some sediment. Chocolatey, hoppy flavor. Really interesting. Deep chocolate start, sweet plums in the middle, and tasty, tasty hops to finish. This one is fantastic. Why $7.99/bottle, though--my only complaint.
Sammy (9526) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Spruce pine aroma. Black. A fullmouth treat of quality chocolate on the sweeter side, and hoppiness. Some roast, something dairy, ginger, cardammon, anise, cinammon, grapefruit and otehr citrus Thanks Wohlfs for bringing in.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 version. Pours brown with some orange hints buried in there. Minimal off white head. Unbelievably forward citrus hops dominate the aroma! The flavor is accentuated with citrus hops throughout the beer (lemon, grapefruit and a bit of pine). They are held up well by the chalky malts. It has some coffee flavors in there as well. Bit of sweetness. The mouth feel is good but not great. Not sure why this is a Christmas beer but that does not take away from the tastiness.