Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Bottle pours a deep dark color with red highlights, a thick almost golden head, and good lace. The aroma is of roasted malt, pears, and some hop. The flavor is nice and roasty, chocolaty, and a hop finish with a carbonated and medium rich body. Overall, this is a rather refreshing Porter due to it being somewhat clean and carbonated - a different approach. haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Deep brown color with a thick brown head. Nice aroma, roasted malt, some hops, and coffee. Same with the flavor with the coffee, some chocolate, and slight hops. Overall OK, but kind of thin and watered down. Could be a little bit thicker. Had this in Lawrence, KS. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Pours dark brown with a thick fluffy long lasting tan head. Has a hoppy aroma. Flavor of coffee with a little chocolate. May be a little overcarbonated. But still a very nice drink. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
12/3/03. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with Indra on RateBeer, 11/18/03. Slightly opaque, dark brown with thin edges. Very fluffy, light tan head. Nice smooth medium-thin body. Hints of chocolate in the flavor, every bit of what you'd expect from a porter, but this is just one good porter. Smooth and nice but light, still something going on. A tad sour tingle in the flavor. A bit dirty and smoky. Somewhat harsh suddenly on the end. But not enough to set it back, really. Nice porter. thegreenrooster (4626) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2009 A nice overall porter. Aroma is chocolate and the head is a nice tan color. Dark brown color held up to light you can see through it. Taste is of course coffee with chocolate aftertaste. Probably not the best porter you can buy but its very drinkable.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Dark, red-brown body and large velvety tan head. Aroma of chocolate, some smoke, and sodium bicarbonate. Roasty flavor plus some citrusy hops and a hint of sourness. An all-around solid porter. antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Dark brown Folgers coffee color. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Minimal head. Initial taste is roasted coffee with a charred log soaking in it. Too smoky. Finishes with excessive hop flavor. Not a bad beer, I just like my Porters more in a traditional London style. More in the SN vein, but not as good as that one, either. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Dark brown, small head. Aroma of surprise, coffee. Flavor is also of mild coffee. One dimensional. 91st percentile? no. Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Pours a very dark black with a thick tan head that leaves plenty of lace.
Smells very complex: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hops... Mmmmm.
Taste is quite good. All the above flavors plus some fruit esters. This is very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is great as well. It's dry with a nice mineral feel. Lots more carbonation and a bit thicker than your average porter. Drinkability couldn't be any better, IMO. I'm not a huge Porter fan, but I have a new favorite. This is definately worth seeking out.
Props to MJR for making this night possible... < sniff > Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Pours black, as black as Gene Rayburn's soul. Huge, sturdy tan head. Smells of alcohol and coffee, also like Gene Rayburn. Big coffee flavors throughout, as well as some notes of dark choclate and chickory. Body thins out at the end. Nice.