MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Pours very dark brown with a nice tan head. Hoppy chocolate aroma. Malty roasty chocolate flavor, with lots of hop flavor and a citrussy hop finish. Very smooth palate, with a bit of hop astringency in the finish. Very interesting and "entertaining" brew. Thanks TCHROME! Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2004
The dry-hoppiness overshadows some of the chocolate accents which I always look forward to when sipping a porter. However, I give the folks at Avery credit for crafting a porter-style that is tasty and unique from the traditional malty English version. Worth the six pack trial run, but I believe I'll stick with Anchor Porter or Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald. jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Pours dark black with garnet hues to the boundaries. Head is thick, stiff, and persistent.
Smells slightly sweet with heavy notes of espresso. Almost like a deep roast coffee with sugar. Smells above average but too simple to reach higher levels.
This beer tastes great up front with bitter dark chocolate, strong deep dark roast coffee, but slows up in the middle and then finishes clean and bitter like a quality coffee would.
Mouthfeel is outstanding and befitting the style. Thicker than your average ale but not on par with what a stout should feel like.
Drinkability is high and I recommend drinking this at a little over 50 degrees F.
austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
An intriguing porter sent to me by my good man Aubrey who came through with the La Folies I needed. Rather roasty and a touch bitter for a porter. It certainly doesn't skimp on the malt bill. Rather burnt, like toast left in the oven for about ten minutes too long. Very thin head and not all that much aroma. Amazing that Omhper was the first RB member to rate this - how exactly does he so often do that, given that he lives in Stockholm and all. Mea culpa: I truly regret that I wasn't able to make the time to meet with him during my one day in Stockholm, perhaps he'd have explained to me how he rates so many brews. Back to the porter: did I mention it's roasty?! And a touch coffeeish, so you should expect 1/2 stout, 1/2 porter. Very solid. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Deep garnet in color with big fluufy head and lots of lacing. Aroma of burnt caramel and slight floral hops. Roasted malt flavor with bitter chocolate and a hoppy finish - though not as hoppy as I expected or hoped. Very nice for an everyday porter. Thanks to ecrevich for the sample.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Pours almost black with a thick biege head. Aroma was very roasty, with hints of fresh ground coffee. Roasted malts, earth, and coffee on the tongue. Nice lingering aftertaste. A nice drinkable porter. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Very dark brown appearance with a thick tan head and good lacing. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel and coffee. Dry, slightly bitter, earthy, malty taste. Smooth,nutty finish. Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
Deep black porter with nice chocoalate moka aroma. Sweet chocolate, with Bailey's cream and vinous mouth feel, with alcool warmth. Body is quite good and intense! FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2004
A brown creamy thick head rests on top of a deep brown to black beer. At first I get a fruity fresh hoppy aroma, then aromas of toasted bread, and roasted coffee kick in. The toasted aromas are quite wonderful. This is a thick full bodied porter. Taste of chocolate, toasted biscuits, and a full malt character. There is an aftertaste of burnt malt/ roast coffee. The hop flavor is quite good and quite interesting, with the present roasted notes it is quite hard to tell what types of hops are used, but they are quite noticeably there. The hops add an interesting zing to this tasty brew. This is a very well done beer, and it is quite tasty to boot. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2004
A nice porter from Avery. All around, every part of the beer is good, though none strike me as great. A good roasty porter.