Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Brian for bringing this one to the gathering. Deep brown/black color. Rich and velvety chocolate with dark fruits -plum, rasins. Dry finish I wouldn’t have guessed that this was 8% (Cleveland Rater Gathering, 2/2005)
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Marshmello, raisons, chocolat malt, and a little carmelized date. Deep brown body with a thick oily tan head. Touches of mollases in the mouth with roasted grainieness and some herbal hops, and a touch of toffee. Finishes grainy and chocolaty.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color with a moderate sized tan head. Poor head retention but the lacing wasn’t as issue.
Smelled of molasses, toffee, almonds, chocolate, coffee and a hint of raspberries.
This beer starts out nice. The mid-palate gets a little worse and then the finish is just plain poor. A thin body with poor mouthfeel.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This porter pours with an opaque black body topped by a thick, brown head wtih good lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and full of mocha notes. A slight sourness lingers in the background. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter, malty and roasty with very slight mocha notes and a hint of sourness. Full bodied, smooth and oddly numbing.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001, interesting aroma, chocolate malts, some hops, a hint of english hops... mahogany in appearance, with a tan head. the taste is of deep chocolate malts mixed with brown ale narstiness, the english hops adds a definitive dry note.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma dominated by cohocoate, English hops, and a distinictive "brown ale" smell. Appearance is a dark mahogany - excellent. Flavor is somewhat thin up front but shows itself in the finish with a deep chocolately taste as well as some hoppiness. Overall it is somewhat thin.
3fourths (8498) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 2001. Deep brown. Musty, coffee and smoke flavor. Old leather and old clothes aroma. Quite smooth and milky, flavors of amaretto and rum. Sweet and sickly at times. Very dry palate, corrosive. Sweet alcohol and amaretto, with a slightly hoppy and stouty character.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with a thick tan head. Rich soy, plum and brown sugar aroma. Taste of sweet brown sugar and roasted malt in the body. Smooth, robust palate masks the alcohol quite well. Great complexity and balance make this a very enjoyable and flavorful brew.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark color with soy in the nose. Chocolate, a little smoke, and dark malts present in a nice balance. Chocolately sweetness at the finish. Lots of malt and little hop presence. Alcohol hidden completely.
Indra (2694) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some roastiness, toffee, dark chocolate and a slight sourness in the aroma. Ebony in color, fine head. Roasty, sweet, chocolate flavor profile, some breadiness, dark cherry-berry fruitiness, caramel and coffee. Roasty finish, almost grainy but sweet throughout. Some faint spicy hop flavors here as well. This bottle was a little old but it's obviously a quality beer.