Aurelius (5251) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich choco-roast aroma. Excellent appearance --
clear pitchy black, 5 fingers of tan head in a pilsener glass, cool label.
Flavor is highly roasted, with lactose methinks.
Aftertaste hangs around, but doesnít linger too long.
Palate is satisfying, but not super-chewy.
My favorite Grantís brew so far.
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black in colour. The aroma alludes to cocoa and smoked wood. The flavour seemed very smoky at first (apparently from the Scottish peated malt used in the beer), but this eventualy dissipated into a sweet chocolate finish. I wish this beer was not as smoky and had more cocoa/coffee flavours.
swengolly (7) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2001 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had tasted this beer at a tasting in Seattle some years back, and thought it was one of the best beers Ive ever tasted. I have since drank it from the bottle, and it never quite tasted the same. It is still a nice and unique beer. Its worth seeking out for a try, especially if you can find it on tap. Im not sure if they changed the recipe from the time of the tasting to when I had found it in the bottle. If so, i wish they would change it back. If anyone knows please let me know.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very intriguing beer. Chocolate flavor slowly turns into a nice peat smoked flavor. Different but good.
cartel99 (19) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit too carbonated. There is a pretty good smoke balance, but not too malty.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just not quite as flavorful or smooth as I like my porters. Other than that, itís not bad.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2001
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight hop and chocolate flavor followed by a strong, lasting
smoky flavor. Smoke porters are not my favorite, but this one
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolatey with a smokey taste, really good
Oakes (17093) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2000
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís not perfect, but it is a reasonably flavourful light porter. Decent toastiness.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2000
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent, but somewhat reserved Porter. Nice chocolate, roasted malt aroma and flavor balanced by an appropriately mild hop presence. The few times Iíve tried this Iíve sensed a slight unpleasant mustiness. Could have been samples past their prime. (Its hard enough finding premier beer here in N. FLA nevermind fresh beer). A tad higher on the malt and original gravity may make this a bit more memorable.