Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by me via trade with OldGrowth. Deep red-brown body, light/thin off-white head. Big coffee and roasted malt aroma, which carried over into the coffee-dominated body, in addition to notes of baker’s chocolate. Medium-bodied, not too complex. I think I liked the Drayman’s Porter a bit better, with its lighter emphasis on coffee beans, but this sample luckily lacked the DMS problem. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Acquired via trade. For a guy who can’t stand coffee I sure like it in beer. Very dark brown color with a medium thick and foamy dark beige head. Thick lacing that doesn’t move much. Strong roasted coffee aroma with a nice dark malt undertone. Medium-bodied with a tasty bitter coffee flavor. Strong roasty character with some sweet malt and smoke. The finish is pretty soft but retains some coffee bitterness. Overall a pretty enjoyable brew. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Fresh, sweet coffee aroma overshadows the chocolate and roasted malt tones of the porter. Clear dark brown with low tan head that diminishes rapidly to ring. Chocolate and roasted malts again play second fiddle to coffee flavours with some leafy hops also notable. Medium-light body with somewhat watery texture and low carbonation. Sampled on cask at GBBF 2005. aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Dark color and head. Both the aroma and flavor are roasted with strong coffee, it has a creamy texture. I did not get any hint of chocolate.
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Silphium. Strong roasted coffee aroma with hints of mocha. Pours a dark brown with red hilights. Roasted coffee from start to finish with light chocolate. A touch of hops in the finish. This one seemed rather simple but really worked for me. Only knock was that it was a tad thin.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 1, 2005
Pours deep dark brown with a big tan head. Subtle aroma of coffee and milk?. Taste is coffee, roasted notes, slight hops. Very full, creamy mouthfeel. Coffee is present for sure, but not over the top. Well balanced. Awesome and underrated. kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2005
Cask (GBBF): Subdued roast coffee aroma. Black with a dark brown head. Sweet choc, mild roast coffee. Touch of hops in the finish. Medium bodied and quite nice. RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2005
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Dark beer with a coffee aroma and a light malty and watery coffee flavour. Overall a reasonable porter but not as good as I was expecting.
Cask, GBBF 05. Very dark with a small beige head. Aromas are strong earthy roasty coffee with floral hops, fruity with berries. Flavours are sweet coffee, chocolate, earthy with more sweetness to follow. Dry, floral hops on the finish with good roast bitterness. Good porter. madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2005
Draught @ GBBF 2005: Brown/red coloured. Light brown head. Light coffeish, sweet and malty aroma. Flavour is grainy, chocolatish, malty and sweet. Dry coffeish and sweet bitter in the end.