DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black-reddish colour with thin beige head. Fresh hoppy aroma with tones of coffee and spices.
Sweet flavour with citrus and spicy tones. Dry.
Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Interesting, uncommon blend of pine needles, ozone, and the West Coast. Lovely foaming, off-white, clinging head. Very pitch dark body (in the 95% opaque range). So creamy, like a sea of bubbles, even sout-like. Lots of malts, but you can’t ignore the hops driving the flavor. Nice beer in a way, but I just couldn’t stop wishing I was drinking a Fullers London Porter instead. I didn’t need these hops. (on tap, d.b.a., Manhattan) (June 3, 2003 rating: 6-5-6-5-14) // Re-rated November 20, 2004 from a bottle. Huge pine and passive smoking when someone threw Christmas wrapping paper into the fireplace. Very thin, with a flavor that introduces some German sausage and smoke. Clear dark with lacing. (Re-rated as: 8-4-7-3-15).
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Looks like a perfect stout - black body with a lush, frothy "draught" head. Surprisingly sweet, yet perfectly balanced with hopps. Fruity like a barleywine. Good, but very different. I think it would be a little better if it wasn't so heavy and sweet.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[draught] Very oatmeal stout like - sweet and thick for a porter - nice head, aroma of chocolate - balanced with a slight hop presence.
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color was very dark, almost black. This beer was very rich and thick, but still smooth. It had a sweet fruity taste to it, with a coffee aftertaste. Not as much chocolate or coffee flavors as the other proters ive had.
BeerMonkey (11) - Lansing, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good seasonal. Rich and chocolaty with a dry aftertaste. I like it as an alternative when other dark beers become boring. A nice sipping beer after a ton of ham or turkey.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Salty + coffee aroma pervades. I have trouble saying anything meaningful about porters, but this one was definitely distinguishable. Served from cask at the Real Ale Festival, there was a lack of head. I loved the fact that neither coffee or chocolate predominated, maybe it was the hops that made equilibrium possible. A treat.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask (RAF): a dark pour still let dribbles of ruby light through..gigantic hops and roasts join hands in a display of tangy smoke and anchovy love..a thick and full palate keeps everything just right..the flavors drop the anchovy notes and welcome more hops, chocolate, dark plums, white grapes smothered in hot fudge..and some more smokeyness..A nice hopped up, thick, enjoyable porter..one of few.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 ReRate-22oz bomber-sampled with whaleman at our New Mexico beer marathon. Pours an almost pitch black with a huge brown head that would not give up!! Citrus/chocolate aroma-some coffee, but covered up mostly from the intense alpha acid hops. Sharp sweetness on the palate, but not as much hops as i thought there would be on the flavor. very interesting balance for a 3f's brew. Nice lacing all around the snifter glass. Can we say India Porter? This is the top porter in my book.
This dark beer can fool you. Expecting bitterness, I was suprised to be hit by the complex mixture of tastes. A combination of malt, fruit, and chocolate comes together to form a flavor that makes it hard to put this beer down. Very smooth... cheers!
omhper (18372) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled from growler, thanks hopsrus!!
Black, not much head. Tarry aroma. Overwhelmingly velvetty soft maltiness. Richly fruity and chocolatey. Well balanced sweetness and a salty, bitter finish. Possibly the best porter I've ever had!