Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2005
Chocolate, carmel and raisins jump out on this one, tasted very fresh, probably due to living in California. Very nice on the palate. Very good. kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle. Great looking bottle at that. Pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma is mainly roasted malt, little chocolate and a touch of sourness. Medium bodied on the palate and almost creamy in texture. The flavor is overwhelmingly semisweet chocolate with hints of caramel and coffee and a touch of raisin. Roasted malt and even a bit of smoke in the finish. Little bitterness compared to most porters and I think I like it that way. Very, very rich and complex with the perfect amount of sweetness. It’s an outstanding beer. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Bottle. Pours a black with a reddish tint, a tan fluffy head. Smells of cofee and sour fruit, and very bitter chocolate. Tastes of bitter chocoalte, mocha, ripe fruit like raisins and prunes, with a very full chocolate flavor at the end. It feels extremely creamy and smooth on the tongue with very few bubbles. Slightly bitter finish, but not overly so. A wonderful beer that makes me very happy to be across the bay! Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Pours black with a fairly thick caramel head. Plenty of coffee in the aroma as well as dry fruit. Incredibly complex flavor has some chocolate, plenty of coffee, raisins, some molasses, and a mildly fruity finish. Very nicely done. HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle (650ml). Pours almost black, incredibly lively with a big light brown foamy-creamy head. Does the "guiness pour" settle-out thing wonderfully - head lasts forever, rocks out and leaves a half-decent lacing - top marks. Aroma is roast malt, somewhat vinous, stewed prunes and apple cores, slight hops, and tasty coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes as well - quite darkly fruit sweet on the nose. Flavour is like heaven’s own semisweet belgian chocolate with nuts and raisins bar - with dark roast malt, sourish wine overtones, other steeped fruits, coffee and cream. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, only lightly carbonated. This is one of the nicest porters I’ve ever had. Terrific blend of bitterness (coffee, chocolate, touch of hops), sweetness (fruit, malt and chocolate) with enough tartness to keep it all together.
norlem (8) - DENMARK - SEP 4, 2005 does not count
This tasty porter is so round, sweet and fresh that it is almost not a porter anymore. Paradoxically there is no doubt, however, that this is one of the best porters on the market. alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours black, creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate roastyness, just what you’d expect with a hint of sour. Taste is the same, it’s very smooth - smoother than I expected. Over time some extra flavors came about - more chocolate and less roastiness. Body is medium - not cloying at all. Nice porter aftertaste. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2005
12 oz bottle pours black. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, caramel. Flavor is good choclate base, some coffee bitters and a decent hop finish. Palate is medium bodied and fairly well carbonated for a porter. Creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and silky. A great porter! RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Sweet maltiness, perhaps a touch too sweet, but not cloying. I think the mouthfeel seems a touch thin. But I do like this very much, VERY drinkable, just not in the mood to jump on the near-unanimous bandwagon. Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Poured a very dark, almost black color from the bottle. Nice beige head didn’t last, but good lacing. Chocolate and malt dominate the aroma. The taste is not as full as I would have hoped - good, but not that good. Chocolate and malt also dominate the flavor. The carbonation is awfully strong for a porter. This one is characteristic of a pilsner. Its distracting. Overall, a very drinkable beer, but with flaws.