DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Bottle 0566. I was surprised at the size of the head, as I got but a little fizz when I opened the bottle. It has a refined smoky malt taste which I can appreciate but not really enjoy, because the smoke taste leaves sort of a dry feeling on my tongue. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2003
(4 years old): Weak chocolate bubbles with grainy interstices...With dusty fieldberries, they are all sucked into the vacuum of an old Evian aftertaste...Forgettable smoke and utter bewilderment...Someone please write a eulogy, I must not be the only one with a dead bottle... JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Good porter, but for the money, I think I prefer Fullers. Aroma of malt and alcohol, odd because it the first 5.5% ABV beer that I can really smell the alcohol. Black color. "Hopped" right out of the bottle with a pop. Mine had a flavor of mostly charcoal and some "musty" again odd for a porter. If its a bad bottle, its the best bad bottle I've had, otherwise is just a pretty good porter. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Release 1999 Bottle #3051: The beer pours a very deep garnet color the head Bunyanesque in size, the texture frothy, and the color a winsome light tan, as it dissipates, it leaves a thick sticky sheet of lace to hide the glass. The nose is a bit sweet with the aroma of lightly toasted grain also a bit musty and a pleasant sniff to be sure. Start is slightly sweet, nicely malted, the top svelte, the finish minimally carbonated, the hops scrumptious in their spicy bite, droughty aftertaste, maybe even a bit vinous, a quite pleasant beer, different than most porters, and a real treat.
jazz88 (2699) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Bottle #3239. A chocolate brown color with a lush tan head and some floaters. A great chocolate nutty, vanilla, malty aroma. Smooth and a little dry with a good chocolate balance.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Thick creamy head. Very smooth mouthfeel--cream, chocolate, and nuts. Finishes dry with minimal hops. Great accent on malts--everything mixes well. Some esters at the end, lightly bitter and grassy. Overall a good example of the English porter. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Big head. Extra foamy. Dark amber colored. Lighter
than most porters I drink. Roasty aroma, nutty and chocolate
flavors. Excellently balanced, and smooth flavor with just
the right amount of bitter aftertaste. Truly a great Porter. MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Lovely nose, smells like a chocolate malted with some nutmeg added. Deep, opaque red, expected it to be "browner" as a porter. Didn't taste particularly "porterish" to me, was surprised that the dominant flavor seemed to be tobacco and woodiness. Some definite caramel/toffee notes, and a bit smoky. Very dry aftertaste with a slight sweetness. Reminded me quite a bit of a mix between a porter and a scotch ale. Could have used a bit more malts, as it lackd a bit of depth. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Hazy brown with floaters. Chocolate vanilla aroma. Slightly watery palate, smooth finish. UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Mmmmmm. What a treat. Pours a clear dark brownish red, with a big foamy white head. Very smooth, well aged roasty smell. So far so good. Taste doesn't disappoint. Extremely smooth and silky. Mouthfeel is incredible. It just glides around your mouth and down the throat. Low carbonation with very small bubbles. Light, subdued hops carry the finish with a mild sourness that melds perfectly with the aged malty sweetness. This porter is a work of art, all the way down to the packaging.