bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
this is a damn good porter. I wasn’t a fan of this style, but I like it more and more. A deep dark rich complex flavor that just tastes great. Anchor is a great brewery!!!!!!!& Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
Robe noire aux reflets auburn surmontée d’une mousse beige persistente. Arômes de bananes, de levure et de sucre. Saveurs de sucre, de banane, de café, de chocolat et d’alcool. Houblon de soutien. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Pours near black with reddish hues and a mostly maintained mocha head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, with notes of vinous wort with chocolate and coffee goodness. Tastes of dark bread with notes of chocolate, earthy toasted malts, caramelized wort, and raisins. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Surprisingly the hops are not overwhelmed by the other beer dimensions. Exceptionally balanced. A mellow, delightful porter. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Dark dark ruby black with tan head. Aroma is pretty subtle, especially for the style. Mostly roasted malts and some coffee undertones. This is definitely one dry porter, for better for for worse. Taste is heavy roasted malts along with the usual coffee and a nice suprise with some dark fruit to add only the slightest bit of sweetness. Quite a hop presence in the finish, as it is very dry and bitter. Some acidity in the finish as well. Very creamy in the mouth, medium full bodied. chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Pours with a light tan head, coffee and hazelnuts and a touch of brown sugar, though it doesn’t smell very sweet. Smoke, a touch of chocolate, and coffee notes, with a bit more hops than many porters I’ve had. Medium body. Carbonation starts out a bit biting, but mellows. Quite nice.
MammothMan (8) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
Quite a wonderful beer. For those of us not entranced with sweet porters, this brew is perfect, as the coffee flavors tend to prevail. This is one of the few beers that actually improves in taste thoughout the second glass. The bottled version is excellent, but the tap is sublime. FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Dark brown with a medium tan head. Slight chocolate aroma and flavor. Not my favorite porter but not the worst. TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 Bouteille de 1 pt, 6 oz obtenue via les Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de café torréfié. Apparence: Couleur noire opaque. Mince col beige. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat. Long arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture mince. Forte effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût de café. (Rating #297) MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Another ’why haven’t I had this before?’ beer. Aroma is malt and lightly roasted coffee. Flavor has some light fruityness with a dark malt taste. Palate is nothing special, but good. A tastey beer, but nothing world stopping. DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2005
Aaah - that dark beer smell: burnt, toasty, rich dried fruits (prunes mostly) - very nice! Has a creamy, coffee-coloured head over deep blackbrown marmite-like liquid that looks syrupy and rich. The taste is huge. Rushes through first stages straight to the aftertaste! 1: very roasted with burnt fruitcake (almonds and a little dark choc!). 2: some maltexo and lactic sourness. The aftertaste is a burnt bitterness that zaps ya and clings on for dear life. Kinda thick big silky body with a surprising light feel. <P><P>
Wow. Kick’s steam’s ass. Big silky, dark and brooding. For serious drinkers and serious food: potent cheeses, hearty stews, fried food, pub meals, chocolate cake. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!