jsquire (3464) - 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 (1466) - 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.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
SE Gathering. This one is quite hoppy for a porter. Smooth and dark it presents a nice hop character with a subdued malt balance. Very tasty.
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is something that I was really looking forward to at the Southeastern Ratebeer gathering. Very dark brown. The huge aroma is screaming spruce at me. The malt is dry and clean and really comes across as a dry brown ale than a porter. Still, it's tasty and one of the few dark beers I've had that had dominant hops that I really think work that way.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good but not exciting, it is a very dirty tasting porter. The aroma is spicy, and much like a toddy coffee. Lots of great appearance points, with some chocolate, coffee and butterscotch. A little bit of a vegetal heral finish, which I did not care for.
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BBB63 for bringing this out to the Atlanta Pub Crawl for me. Unlike any porter I have had. Like a hoppy brown ale but still with a little porter characteristics. Mildly roasty and again, well hopped. I like it. Very enjoyable.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at a RB gathering in Philly. Had this with JF_Grind who rated this before me. Porter my butt. This is a dark IPA if there is such a thing. This was a very hoppy beer. Wonderful beer.
JFGrind (1844) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found the fresh hops flavor in a porter unique. At first taste I was convinced this beer was an Imperial IPA. Sampled at the Philly RB Gathering.