JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 30, 2003
Perfectly black, no brown or anything else. Bone-white, medium thick head. Smells of hops (NO coffee or chocolate). Taste is medium malt with average hops. Nothing special aout this beer. Purchased at Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor in Washington, DC. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Pleasant malty aroma, roasty and grainy, with hints of raisin, licorice, espresso and dark brown sugar. Dark brown shade, with a light, creamy head. Roasty flavor, a good amount of semi-sweet chocolate and spicy, lightly citric hop flavors, with a background balanced well between dryer malt toastiness and burnt sugary sweetness, becoming substantially more bitter towards the finish. Medium body, with a smooth, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Solid porter. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
A light brown, thick head tops this beer, quite dense in fact. A deep, deep brown to black colored beer. A fruity aroma emanates from the glass, maybe a hint of plum and fig. Then as your nose goes deeper into the glass for a solid sniff, you get the roasted/ coffee malt notes. Beer is dry up front, then you get the roasted flavors, it finishes with a light malty sweetness. A hint of dark fruit. After the beer has left your mouth it leaves it with a dry feeling. A nice amount of body to this beer, perhaps a bit thicker than some porters. Still feels like a good session type beer. Perhaps a hint of alcohol in the finish, but this beer has not real flaws. A well crafted porter that is unassuming and a wonderful workhorse porter. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Dark brown color with a moderate tan head. Rich malted aromas with light chocolate and mild coffee tones. Starts out a touch sweet but, settles into its own with a rich dark chocolate panache. Like most of this brewer's faires a touch hoppy, but I'm not complaining. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Deep dark ruby brown. Pale tan head. Roasted grainy nose. Smooth, luscious body, although a bit thin, is lightly roasted, creamy, faintly acidic, light chocolate, coffee, finishing with mild mannered, bitter-sweet hops. A very quaffable porter, but nothing to go streaking through town about!
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2003
very dark, with only a little light shining through at the top. aroma is all malt and grains. flavor is excellent balance of malt and hops. hops are damned subtle though. quite a bit of the chocolate...surprisingly great! redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Typical porter with some roastiness in taste and aroma but I found it had an odd watery taste. As if water had a taste. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2003
22 oz bottle, dark black in color, nice lasting creamy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate-coffee aromas. Roasted burnt chocolate coffee flavors, nice bitter-sweet flavors, good roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, good stuff.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Pours with a dark brown to black body with red accents topped by a huge lasting tan head with a decent amount of lacing. Bitter yet slightly sweet malt aroma with very slight coffee/chocolate notes. Slightly bitter malt flavor with a touch of sweet chocolate and notes of roasted coffee. The finish is slightly bitter with slight roasted coffee notes. Medium to full bodied and slightly smooth with a tingle from the carbonation. baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Took notes on this one a while back - didn't make it to RB. Pretty earthy/floral-hoppy aroma for a porter, backed by chocolate, and toast. On the dry side with coffee coming out on the taste. Refreshing earthy bitter finish. May be a little on the thin side.