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 (167) - 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.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled from a growler: Dark brown and opaque. Strong C-hop aroma. Malty. Tons of chocolate malt. No apparent spices. Balanced bitterness. Some roast. Molasses. Nice. A bit thinner than expected. Thanks to hopsrus for bottling and sending this out. Thanks to user_ex for sharing.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown with decent head and lace. Big black malt and coffee nose with loads of hops, hints of chocolate and toast. Medium bodied, almost creamy with moderate carb bite with flavors of coffee, chocolate malt, sprucy hops and grapefruit notes that dominate finish. A fine porter.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer tasted just like the second batch of homebrew that I ever made (I bottled it with homemade labels and called it Led Zeppelin Extra Strong Holiday Ale). Needless to say, my beer came out good! This tastes very fresh, I enjoy a fresh tasting beer. It is a bit heavy on the grapefruit, which is never good, but then so was mine. Otherwise itís a winner. I need to make some more home brew...
Ernest (5610) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle filled from a growler. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (milk chocolate, caramel, nutty, mild coffee), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of toffee and vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, modeartely acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately astringent. Too grapefruity/acidic/astringent for my tastes, but certainly a well-made beer.
Racegoer (345) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Maproom in Chicago 12-7 and at 3 Floyds next day.Not typical to the style,still good. Dark and Evil huh,chocolate malt,Mexican Sugar mmm mmm good, sweet, and the more you drink the more the hops come out,íBurpí oops there is another one , robust,rich,perfect beer for the season.This is one Hoppy Porter. Another Winner from 3 Floyds !Re-Rate Christmas Eve, shared half the growler with Santa, he slid dowm my chimney about 1:30 AM this morning, he drank fast and never said a word except for a LOUD Hop burp as he ascended back up the chimney. Not really a traditional Porter,spicy, piney hops, ginger,nutmeg,cinnamon more spices that a trip to Grenada, I just hope Old Claus made it home last night. Right On Nick !
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JAN 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown; aroma of chocolate malt. Sweet. Soft malty palate. Thick, viscous body. One of the better examples of traditional-style porter.
Schroppfy (2350) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to hopsrus (of course) for this. Iím getting one touch more Porterness than in the 6th Anniv. Sorry iím such a prude...I love hops, I love big brews, I love Porters, but this newfangled combination is killing me! Sweetness in here too (big malt a la the Dreadnaught?). Freakiní me out, thatís for sure.