argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(growler courtesy of shaemus_burp) Medium tan head atop black body. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, cherry, some roasty, faint anise. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, pine, light cherry. Finish is roasty, earthy, pine. Watery, smooth medium body.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottled by egajdzis... This beer rocks!... Very, very dark lager with no head worth mentioning (just a creamy, beige ring holding the beer within my snifter). Ruby highlights when held up to the Sun. I really gave this lager time to warm. It stands at 60 degrees F. The nose is of chocolate, light sourgham molasses, dark cherries, dark fruit, seared toffee and alcohol. The flavor is sweet and chocolatey up front, but finishes with citrusy hops and roasted notes and is a touch acetic. Full-bodied with a heavy, oily mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Lengthy, mocha, dry finish. So very underrated. World class effort by Victory!
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from growler provided by FooFaa. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolates and smoky. Light cherries as well. Taste was a little bit of a let down. Had a metallic, tinny taste to it. Definitely smelled better than it tasted.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours raven black with a big, tan head. Aroma of malt, chocoff, slight cherries, vanilla, and oak. Tastes malty, with some chocoff, subdued cherries, and a slight oaky dry finish that is very characteristic of a Baltic porter. I could picture myself in the Baltic drinking this with a 300 dollar call girl next to me. I resolve to have more of this in 2005.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at XBF:
Vinous grapey notes roam above rich but sourish charred malts.
Roasted malt and vinous bitterness combine with citrusy, flowery hoppiness. A plump body encourages the palette of flavors but the malt is not developed enough to my tastes. I wouldn’t mind revisiting though.
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, EBF: From the deep dark brown body raises a magnificient foamy beige to light brown head. Mellow lactic aroma, creamy and mostly focusing on dark fruits (grapes, grapefruit) though bearing a mild coniferous hops background. Sour yeast takes away the flavour balance as soon as the roasted malts kick in. Decent bitterness seems to come straight from a dark chocolate bar, which would be very pleasant without this slight soy undertone. Mellow round body, moderate carbonation and well worked edges.
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head tha tleft nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, smoke and roasted malts. Taste of lightly sour cherries and various other dark fruits, burnt chocolate, toffee, and bitter coffee. Full/round mouthfeel. Much better fresh off draft than getting growlers or hand bottled samples.
TheBeerGod (5685) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at jeffc666’s Birthday Gathering. Courtesy of shameus_burp. Opaque black body with a tan head. Nose is big licorice and roasted maltwith light fruit and chocolate. Taste is slightly hopped with chcolate notes, licorice, roasted malts, and light coffee. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Light smoothness. Finish is cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, light fruit and hops.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Victory: Smelled sweet and choclatey. Poured a viscous dark brown. Small, lasting light brown head. Good lacing. Tasted of choclate and lots of malts. Too malty for me. I prefer a dryer, more balanced porter. Drinkable. Overall, too malty a porter.
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
XBF05 draught. This beer pours a nearly transluscent mahogany brown, with some dark chestnut and light auburn tints. Any head that forms while pouring, rapidly disipates. Aroma smells VERY strongly of sour German yeast, hints of baker’s chocolate and light notes of ash and roast. First sip proves to be quite flavorful, with sweet caramel and milk chocolate notes on the forefront. As I drink more, a sour yeast flavor creeps up and sets up shop. Now I can’t seem to get the yeast flavor out of my mouth. Lactic and very out of place, it seems to dominate the flavor. The body is slightly watery, with notes of dry, almost astringent yeast or overly roasted grains. Though, I make it sound too dry, when it does have some decent chocolate and earthy brown malt flavor. A beer that demands another sample.