balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark brown color with some reddish tints...creamy tan head. chocolate and coffee aroma. chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and earthy flavors dominate this wonderful Porter...nice balance of hops in the finish that make this brew stand out a bit from the rest.
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasted and chocolate aroma --- nice head, good lace --- coffee, malty with a sweet yet bitter flavor -- some hops --- interesting combo --- nice finish
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Deep brown and nearly opaque with an initial frothy tah head before fading leaving a very good lace. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, light smoke and caramel malts, some fruity and piney hops, and a earthy yeast ester. The taste starts surprisingly hoppy witha noticeable pney background and a bitter coffee twang throughout. A nice dose of malts midsection. The finish is smokey and bitter. The feel is lively and thin, crisp. Overall it has a leaning towards bitters more the malts but is balanced enough to enjoy completely.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewery. Off white head developed over an opaque to deepest brown beer. No nose. Some chocolate notes but hints of that chili pepper spiciness that seems to be a house flavor that I do not like. Nice bitterness, but little flavor otherwise. Seems thin for style.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown body, medium cream-colored head. Aroma is distinctly toasty with chocolate notes. Body is chocolatey and tangy/woody. Has a tart (dark fruit/twig) component that is unusual in a porter. Bitter, earthy hops. After having several solid porters recently this comes up short. If I homebrewed maybe I’d know the malt variety that dominates this beer- it is pretty boring. It also dominates a couple Imperial Stouts I’ve tried, where it fared better among "brothers"- Bear Republic and Left Hand.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small light tan frothy head that lasts a while, dark brown body. Smokey chocolate aroma and some kind of chocolatey liquor. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Roasted bitter licorice, chocoloate, and coffee. The bitterness is weird. It seems to come from an awkward hop addition... like they added a little bit of cascade hops or something to counteract the malt. Pretty good though!
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful dark pour... very little head. Smelled great.. carried a strong mocha malty smell that was very pleasing...
Smooth on the tongue lacking a little of the creaminess I would have liked ... has a great flavor w/ a bit of a bitter aftertaste... defitally a roasted malt flavor... not the best tasting porter i’ve had but good
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beauty, Clark. pours a dark brown almost black with a gorgeous, thick light tan head. creamy aroma(is that possible?) good flavor with a touch of coffee and very slight bitter taste. finishes with a roasted malt taste. doesn’t quite taste as good as it looks, but the world is full of things that look better than they are(you know who you are)
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice rich, roasted chocolate malt aroma. Color is a deep dark brown, nearly black. Carbonation is medium with a good sized, pillowy mocha head. Nice, rich malty profile. Slight bitterness from the roasted malt, which makes this pleasingly refreshing. A nice rich beer, with just enough hops to keep things in balance. The malt is in the spotlight here, as well it should be. Well crafted beer. The more beers I have from this brewery, the more of a fan of them I become.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: deep, fully black color, with a huge, lush, creamy tan head. Nose is all cocoa and cream, notes of coffee, and bits of bitterness. Lovely.
Bitterness continues through the palate, but mildly. Malt is thick, mouthfeel lush, smooth, relaxed, but still hearty as any porter ought to be.
Well-rounded as can be, this is my idea of a session beer, full of character and flavor, easy to down, but rewarding with flavor.
Good, good stuff, this! It’d earn a permanent place in my fridge, if it only crossed the border into MN.