Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Raindog, thanks sir Body is dark brown and initially wears a tan head that fast becomes one of the quickest dissipating festival of bubbles I've ever seen. Aroma is very intense with more hops than I can shake a stick at. This is woody, herbal, chocolatey, grapefruity with notes of marijuana and smoke. Quite the melting pot you'd like to cook your dinner with. Very direct and dry yet eminently appealing. On the tongue, it's very grassy, reminding me of the Saison from a few hours ago, sweeter than expected with lots of brown sugar, maple and chocolate. Still, after a few sips, the feeling you have is to be drinking hop juice.. but good hop juice! Well-made and to my liking where a fine medium body with appropriate carbonation sure helps. So, when is next christmas?
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours coffee black with ruby highlights. Large tannish rocky head, very sticky lacing. Strong hoppiness on the nose, light pine, as well as major amounts of biscuits and charred wood. Initial taste is very interesting, seems rather smoked for a porter. Slightly malty, light hops, but lots of estery flavors. Finishes with light hops, even lighter cocoa, and with the floral/estery flavors. My burps definitely yield the hoppy side of this beer. Full bodied, good mouthfeel, but a little too much IPA melded into this one for my tastes. Glad I had the chance to try it tho. Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark black color. Little to no head however, I think I see hop oils raising to the top of my glass. The aroma is like chicory, chocolate, roasted malts, and anise all mixed together in a bouquet garni. The flavor reflects everything in the aroma with the addition of a slight mustyness. Well balanced with a pleasant finish.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 Bottle pours a murky brown black with a real nice head and very nice lace. The aroma is very sweet and roasted. The flavor is chocolaty, coffee, roasted malt, sweet, and no alcohol flavor to be found. The palate is nice and slick and provides a nice base for the flavor. Overall, I like it a lot.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer Christmas Eve. Pours dark brown. Aroma is of hops and chocolate. Very unique beer.
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
very deep brown with some light showing through, tan thin head. aroma is big on the chocolate malts and the hops are piney. flavor is a total mouthful! extremely viscous and chocolatey with hops tingling throughout the whole beer. loads and loads of roastiness to this one. every flavor and aroma aspect of this beer is supersized. awesome. Thanks BBB63!!!!
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mahogony red when held up to the light with a nose that speaks of subtle roast grain and not so subtle hops. I couldn't help but think that there were too many hops in this for a porter, but damn what a great beer. Lots of fresh green hop flavors all through this beer (this is from a bottle sample and I hope to try it on tap). Other flavors of molasses, oak, sweet coffee, some chocolate. The hops in this porter worked for me. Thanks to Mike (BBB63) for the bottle.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
MMMMM Huge, zesty hop aroma, a hint of pine. Deep ruby appearance and a fine, fluffy light caramel head. Very hoppy flavor, with classic porter roasted malt flavor with nice bitter chocolate accents. Lingering sweetness. This is a very special porter. Thanks to Eddie G for th sample.
haddon90 (1429) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I wasn't overly impressed with this. This tasted like a hoppy porter, and it just didn't turn out well. Deep dark color with a tan head. Chocolate and hops in the aroma. Kind of a chewy taste. Hoppy, chocolate malt. Not quite the coffee/chocolaty taste I was hoping, but still a decent beer. Just not the #2 porter in my opinion. Thanks Jeremy (jgb9348) for giving me this bottle and for having a great time here in Knoxville!!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a medium-bubbled tan head. When poured aggressively will pile up to form a rocky mass. Aroma is chocolate, citrusy hops and some silage (chopped up corn stored in a silo. Sours a bit over time). The chocolate aroma is quite subdued, it mostly provides a baseline sweetness. Otherwise hops and mustiness dominate the aroma. The flavor starts with fuzzy chocolate malt and finishes with strong bitter and aromatic (citrus again) hops. Quite a bit of carbonation which I think is distracting. Otherwise the mouthfeel is lightly creamy. For whatever reason, I dislike the combination of chocolate and citrusy hops. I like caramel sweetness with hops (think DFH 90) but apparently not chocolate sweetness with hops. Seems like some homebrew concoction.