GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Real dark chestnut/mahogany brown body with a thick light brown head. Rolling, lumpy and shiny. Real dense. Chocolatey, milky, hints of vanilla, light floral tones and some cobwebs. Rich and sweet initially, then some floral tones. Roastey finish, well drawn out and fairly complex, the sweetness gives way to the bitterness of the roasted malts, dark cocoa finish. Nice sheets of lace as well. Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2003
soft milky aroma, dark black with a thin head, milky then choclatey with a bitter northwest hop finish jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Bottle. Dark brown to black with a lush brown head that lasts all the way to the bottom. Smooth and a little creamy with roasted malts, a touch of coffee, and a definite chocolate aftertaste. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Smells like pine. . .you know like an super-hopped west coast IPA. . .light brown, transparent. . . extremely sweet, citrus, hoppy flavour. . .what is going on hear? Not my idea of a porter. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Perhaps the strangest porter I’ve had to date. Not too dark. Chocolate and coffee are evident throughout, but a large amount of hops are present. At times I thought I was drinking a black IPA. I liked it, but for the style, it’s nothing special.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2003
22 oz bomber. Vinious faintly smoky aroma. Malt flavor is chocolate that is quickly hijacked by a harsh smokiness, and then finished by a long sour wine-like finish. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 thick head atop a ruby color..aroma was a malty punch of molassis..flavor was extremely smooth in a slightly nutty and buttery way..some red fruits show through flanders style..chocolate, toffee, coffee cake..a solid nutty offering. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2002
I have had a 22oz bottle of this for a couple of months. I finaly decided to crack it open. All the Anderson valley beers have impressed me-this one was kinda sub par-Deep dark black appearance, aroma was pretty skunky-head was tan/beige and rocky that discipated very quickly. Taste was chocolate and coffee with medium body. Not a bad porter, but there are many i would pick over this one. Now its time to try my 22oz of Winter Solstice that is a year old. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Dark black color, medium head. Medium bodied porter. Rich roasted malts, chocolaty and coffee like. Smooth flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is chocolaty. Very nice beer. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 17, 2002
A fair version of a porter. Surprised by the abv, tasted less than that. Definitely dark but, like many American Porters, the palate was very,... well,... underwhelming.