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 (99) - 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.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 1/6/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with bigbadbear63 from RateBeer 12/4/03. Pours extremely dark, opaque brown, possibly the darkest, thickest-looking porter I've seen. Slight reddish-brown edges, but otherwise utterly opaque. Dark tan head doesn't stay around much but the lacing is quite nice. Aroma is majorly hopped. Slight edge of dark malt, and fresh barley but mostly the deliciously floral, sweet grapefruit of those Three Floyds hops-- smells a lot like the Dreadnaught. Darkness of malt and even a little chocolate comes out a bit as I smell it more. Initial taste is sour, citrusy and stinging with bitter hops, the malts kind of pushed in the background and around the edges. Strange mix, I must say. Finish turns deeply dark and astringent. Medium-full body, very creamy texture and with a very long, straightforwardly roasty, dark chocolate malt finish. A little like a smoked porter. Very little sweetness on the end. Pretty potent stuff, feeling even more powerful than the 7.5% alcohol indicates, but I'd like it to mellow out a bit. Still pretty damn good. Finally, I notice as it warms up just how smooth and creamy the body on this beer is. It's tremendously elegant even as it warms-- the alcohol does not get any harsher or the flavors any more difficult to handle. I think I actually prefer it at room temperature, or very close.
PhillyBeer2112 (2526) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at 3F: Strong resiny hop aroma, plus grapefruit. Ultra resiny flavor. Dark brown, with medium head. Medium body. Dry, near chocolatey finish.
egajdzis (5341) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Poured black with some reddish hues, tan head and nice lacing. Piney hop and slightly roasted aroma. Taste started resiny hoppy, then turned roasted, mocha, vanilla, cappuccino. Full creamy mouthfeel. This is a one of a kind, well balanced porter!!
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big stuff here. Deep dark ruby color as expected. Roasty and snappy hop finish after nice malty sweetness (but not too sweet). A nice holiday treat.
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 3F. A small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was uncarbonated and opaque with a brown/black hue. The nose was malty, chocolate and some coffee notes. The flavor was somewhat bitter, chocolate, hops, and coffee. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a full bodied beer with fair amounts of lacing.