rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2004 Thanks to frielock. Smells more like an imperial IPA than anything else. Coffee/chocolate is there if you breathe in for a long time. This seriously smells like fresh hops. Thin head, deep ruby body. Sharp on the tounge, but not in the way that the aroma suggests. Very bitter, only a bit of porter comes through. This is just wierd.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is this Rogue Skullsplitter, or is Rogue Skullsplitter really Alpha Klaus? Poured dark red-brown with a thin light tan head. Piney, floral hops aroma with underlying dark chocolate/mocha. Piney, spicy hops dominated the flavor profile while chocolatey roasted malt stayed in the background. An unusual porter, or is it a schwarzbier? I did enjoy the spicy hops bouquet and the chocolate malt combination, although the beer is definitely slanted to the former.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, nearly black body with a small brown head. Aroma is incredibly hoppy for a porter. Smells like fresh green hop leafs. Taste has some roastiness and is rather dry, some subtle hints of sweetness come through from the sugar. Hints of chocolate. Very bitter. Overly hopped for a porter and over rated in my opinion, but it is still quite nice. Thanks Jokes for sending this out to Buffalo.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 November 2007. 2006 Vintage. Bottle from some tiny liquor store in Cleveland. No notes. Hops are much milder than previous samples, allowing sweeter chocolaty roast malt to come out more. Smooth and delicious. Added +1 overall.
February 2004 @ Frielock’s place in Buffalo. Bottle. If you close your eyes your mouth will think your nose is a horrible liar. Massive assault of hops upon the nose is overpoweringly like a bag of green hop pellets that is not at all porter like but is kind of cool. Black body with a good head that doesn’t really stick around. Slight roastiness and malt in the flavour underneath a lot of bitterness. Quite enjoyed the chance to try this, thanks frielock. 9/4/8/4/16
Random IPFreely quote of the night "...I don’t put lettuce or tomatoe on my Mighty... It’s a waste of space."
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells very piney. If I didn't know any better, I would classify this as an IPA, not a porter. Very little roasted and chocolate taste, heavy in hop flavor. It also, has a thinner body than I expected.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As soon as the cap comes off this bottle you notice the strong hop aroma. It is a somewhat delicate floral hop aroma. It pours very dark with a thick tan head which disappears rather quickly. From the initial aroma I expected a much harsher hop flavor but it was milder than the aroma and name of the beer led me to expect. There is still a fairly strong and crisp bitterness though, it’s just not overpowering; most distinguishable was a grapefruit and citrus hop flavor. I also noticed subtle chocolate flavors underneath the bitterness. Overall it is a very nicely balanced beer.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this beer out of a bottle. The color is black. The smell is of coffee/chocolate. The taste is very full for a porter. Chocolate and roasted malt extremely noticeable. Good porter, but not the beer I typically drink.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black, and the aroma is a strong, hoppy one. Extremely piney, like eating a conifer. The flavor is more of the same, with the hops thoroughly dominating all else, even the substantial amount of malt! A hint of grapefruit, but overall I'm surprised how much like an Imperial IPA this is, given its dark color. I don't taste as much chocolate malt as some others do. What's so special about this brew?
craven5000 (98) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a big easy tan head that was short lasting. Dark brown in color or maybe black with notable dark red with light. Smelt of a fresh cut pine tree and then of grapefruit. Tasted strongly of grapefruit juice that became rather bitter then quickly mellowed. Definitely different. The absence of an alcohol taste made it very easy to drink and the more I had the more I decided I liked it.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 Bottle. I think you should include chocolate and pine as a flavor combination that does not work as I found this absolutely disgusting in every respect. The pine dominates the aroma and taste and in itself this is not bad, but since pine is such overwhelming force if it is overused it quickly becomes tiring. The pine hops do not enhance, emphasize, or work with the chocolate at all. In fact these 2 ingredients work opposite of one another and in my mouth it felt like doing a cement mixer. I have had beers that were bad from poor quality and poor ingredients but this was the worst tasting beer I have tried yet. This did not work for me at all.
Re-rate: on tap this is not as bad as the bottles I tried in the past. not the clash in flavors.