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 (10285) - 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. I’m 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 O’s, this one is perhaps the one that’s been recommended to me most often. Frankly, I don’t 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 hadn’t 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 wasn’t 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 (2020) - 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 didn’t 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 (5232) - 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 you’d 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 (i’ve 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.