wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Thanks to matta for talking me into ordering this for the store. Here’s the deal, I dig porters. I dig hops. This brew serves up both in spades. Huge mouthful of beer right from the get go. Rich roasted chocolate and coffee notes combined with a maltiness not too sweet for a porter. Finish is all hops, obviously benefitting from aggressive dry hopping. Now this is the conundrum, I think I like these two great qualities separate from one another. A big rich, malty porter on one hand and a bold crisp imperial IPA on the other. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but.......Am I making sense? turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Bottle poured black with a nice thick head and great lacing.
Aroma of roast and toast with a flavor of campfire, chocolate, malt and coffee.
This beer became much more flavorful as it warmed.
Good stuff! barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2005
(draft) A fairly mild porter that smelled and tasted of baker’s chocolate. No bitterness or coffee taste that I could detect, and I think that’s a good thing. lamas (1639) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Bottle. Pours a near-opaque black with reddish highlights and a thick fluffy dark tan head that left tons of lace. Aroma is of roasty malts, bittersweet chocolate and some vanilla and hops. Taste starts nice and roasty and sweet. Flavor of dark coffee. Finish is a nice dry hoppy bitterness with some presence of warming alcohol and vanilla extract. Almost salty. Thick and solid. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Duane, you DA man! Poured dark and thick, with a fluffy tan head, very large. Aroma of coffee caramel and Hops, surprise. I like this. The taste is traditional porter, and then BAM! hops up in your face. There is a lingering sweet/sour hop after taste. Nice, Duane, you apparently know me, or, got lucky.
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Poured a dark black color with a huge tan head. Aromas and tastes of roasted coffee with chocolate. Nice an hoppy as well. Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and has a rather hoppy presence. Very dark brown but not completely opaqye but close. Big creamy light tan head with a very good retention. Creamy coffee flavor at the beginning are only there briefly before almost completely being covered up by a nice hop finish. Hoppy aftertaste. Tejas (1006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Delicious roast & fruity aroma. Head dies down way to fast so I can’t give it high marks in the appearance category. Taste and looks a lot like Avery’s Ellie Brown except hoppier. Overall it’s pretty darn good but I think there are better Porter’s out there(anchor) that I’d happily choose over this one for the exact same price & many times less. green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Pours like hot caramel. Aroma is great. Pronounced roasted, malty, chocolate. Nice brown head, medium bubbles, with good lacing. Hmm… this is pretty stout-like; mouthfeel is way to thick and creamy for a porter. On the other hand it does have the astringency of a good porter. This one is a chocolate and caramel on the front, nice bold bitterness rounded and softend by sweetness, leave a good long pleasant aftertaste. gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Shoulda known - "new world" - means hops. Burnt brown which is almost black. Brown froth, holds.
Delicious chalky burnt malts, and sweet - molasses. Too green aroma, too green flavors on top. But it’s good. I would have much preferred this with toned down hoppage. It’d be a better porter with less hops.
addendum: I’m not going to change the review score because this doesn’t strike me as a porter. It’s damn good though. Beautiful fruits lead into ruby grapefruit. Yeah, yeah I can drink this easily.