JFGrind (1845) - 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.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ain't no porter...it's a dark IPA! Smells like 90 Min (uh-oh, this could get ugly), but tastes like coffee and grapefruit. Maybe there are people out there who combine those two and enjoy their breakfast, but this simply wasn't for me. Had at RB Philly gathering February 2004.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted Super Bowl Sunday-04'-wasn't sure what to expect as I had heard a lot about this beer. $8 seemed like a lot for a bottle, but it was at least worth the experience. Nice long lasting head-good mix of chocolate, hops and some darker malt flavors. Aroma is to die for, almost like an Imp. Stout in its intensity. I can't say at this price I'd buy a lot of it, but its certainly up there with Edmund Fitz and Anchor for a great American Porter.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As close to blood colored when held to the light as any brew I have had. Moderate head of big mocha colored bubbles. Aromas of chocolate, light coffee and pine trees. The nose is interesting, but does not seem well mixed. Initial light hops followed by caramel malts and mild coffee and roasted malts in the finish. Some late fruity and vanilla flavors that again are intriguing, but seem somewhat out of place. Late finish is pure caramel malt goodness. I like it but too many things seem out of place. A tough rate. Some great flavors and aromas mixed with some that seem to be out of the ordinary. My other bottle may just have to sit awhile to see how it progresses.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black, brown head. Massive pine aroma, nothing else, just hops galore. Flavor is much better balanced with chocolate malt, coffee, and hops. Medium to full body. Was good, but those hops were almost off-putting. Thanks frielock.
rudolf (2341) - 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 (3167) - 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 (7812) - 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 @ Frielockís 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 doesnít 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 donít put lettuce or tomatoe on my Mighty... Itís 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.