aracauna (3145) - 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 (1976) - 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 (1860) - 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 (2342) - 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.