Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2004
deep dark brown, thick rich off-white head, aroma of roasted malt and hops, coffee, a light fruitiness, with some mocha overtones; flavor is bitter and roasted, burnt, nice hop bite, coffee, light hints of chocolate, smooth, not overly rich in texture MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2004
Nice black color with a tan layer of head. Aroma is a strong roasted malt. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and watery, somewhat of a crisp finish. Flavor is a subdued run of the mill porter. Not bad, but I could use a little more to this one. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Nice not quite black, fully roasted flavor in tthe malt. Creamy texture. Not too sweet, but getting close to the extent that I enjoy. very well made porter by a brewery I enjoy and wish still came to this state. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Deep earthy dark brwon with an initial HUGE rocky and creamy head with very good lace. Too huge, overcarbonated. The aroma hints of caramel and burnt malts, bittersweet chocolate, used coffee grounds, berry, light piney and floral hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts twangy and bittersweet. The mocha and malt nature is present with a mild hop undertone. The finish displays the standard smoky and coffee characteristics found in many porters. This medium to full-bodied beer has a lively and rich mouthfeel, chalky after a while. Not too shabby indeed, this porter is quite drinkable AFTER the head settles down. hershiser2 (2984) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $2.99 for a 1pt 6oz bottle.
JEZUZ, this brewery knows how to have a good head. I've had two from them now, and the heads were equally incredible! This one is again fluffy and tan, sitting atop a gorgeous black liquid.
Not much of a smell here... I really wish here was.
Smooth bittersweet taste, that's actually kinda plain and thin. Nothing compared to the appearance of this brew. Not bad, but not even the slightest bit original.
I'm still going to look for more from this brewery. They make beautiful beers!
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
I like it when a brewery makes a porter with a decent amount of hops present. Very nice balance in this warm beer. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2004
The beer as it takes its leave of the bottle and takes up temporary residence in my glass a piceous color with some light ruby high lights, the head mastodonic in size, spumous in texture and a toothsome tan in color, the lace a thick and glutinous sheet to smother the glass. Nose is lightly floral, the sweet malt dominate, fresh, crisp and clean, also noticed some light toasted grain and caramel, a fine nose tis true. Start is lusciously sweet, the malt delightful, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish is pesky in its acidity, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, another winner from a fine brewery, and well worth the sample in my humble opinion. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Perfectly acceptable and delicious tasting porter - my first Anderson Valley beer in over 20 years of tasting (no reason, just the way it worked out). But I liked it just fine! Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2003
I have to give this the best rating of all the Anderson Valley that I've had - the brewery is pretty consistent and good, but not outstanding, and this beer is even more so (?!). Perched right on the border between a really roasty bitter coffeeish porter and one with a great deal of chocolate malt, this has a great mingling of flavor. It defines a session porter. Dark dark, with ruby tints, the head is a roiling ecru living thing, and the body is supple, not too thin as some porter s can be - a delight! jgb9348 (6187) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Pitch black in colour with a dense thick brown head. Aroma of cherries, dark chocolate and some roasted malt. Medium-bodied; Watery mouthful-but still full of flavour. Dark chocolate, cherries and coffee nuances are felt throughout the taste. Aftertaste bland but showing some of the malty and 'dark' tastes. Overall, actually fairly respectable for the style, a bit watery, but shows tremendous flavour regardless. A nice find and a good beer to try! I shared this 65 cL bottle purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington with JonR888710. I sampled this one on 29-November-2003.