Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2004
1997, small bottle. Freakin fantastic beer. Robust, complex, full bodied flavors intertwined to make just a great beer. The bittersweet chocolate and coffee are rich and tasty. Mellow dried fruits. Smooth and lightly gritty finish. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and malt. Creamy palate. Flavor reflects the aroma of the beer quite nicely. Good porter! Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 17, 2004
Bottled, argang 2002, sampled same year. Very dark in colour with thick brown head. Roasty, coffeeish aroma; bitter, roasty and chocolate notes in the palate. My friend (not a beer lover) when tasted it said: "Is this a beer? Is it possible for a beer to taste like this?" Then he went to Systembolaget and bought a bottle of Orval... wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Bottle. Very dark black appearance with a creamy tan head. Has roasty aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is roasty. Has initial flavor of chocolate/coffee with a saccharin aftertaste that is a little too sweet. sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Pours a black, oilly color with a nice head that diminishes quickly to a fine lace. Aroma is typical porter, which is a very good thing. Flavor is roasted coffee, sweet malts, and a grassy, hop-laden finish. Very tasty beer, no doubt about it!
jonas (7586) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2004
Roasted nutty nose.
Opaque brown, big foamy brown head.
Coffee, sugar and nut flavors.
Creamy mouthfeel. IndianaRed (4633) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Bottle Pours a very dark reddish brown a modest medium tan head and not much lacing. Aroma is dominated by a strong fruity smell. Grape jelly to be exact. Behind that is a slight prunes chocolate and coffee. Flavor is earthy, slightly sweet, prunes figs and brown sugar. Interesting no grape (like the aroma) or the burnt smokey flavor that is common on many porters. Mouth feel is the only dissapointment her. Soft and smooth but a bit thin. A very tasty brew. A shame I can’t get it out here. Glad I had this before the use by date expired. Only 5.5 years away. Isn't it nice when you are mostly done with a rating of 4+ and realize that you stil have about 14 oz to go on it. : )Thanks again to Probiere for the trade. eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Bottled 2001. Pour black with little head. Had a nutty roasted aroma with some hint of chocolate, coffee, and fig. Definately feels like milk on the palate. Has a sweet fruity taste including plums, prunes, and fig. This brew is more sweet than most porters. I have got to say that this is one good porter. I enjoyed this bad boy more as it got warmer.
Thanks to Landseer for this 2nd tasting!
Re-rate: Aroma is chocolate, coffee, nuts, carmel, and some cherry. All the aromas are in proportion to each other with none dominating. The cherry is slight however. Flavor is chocolate, nutty, carmel, and has a velvet milk texture. badgerben (5181) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Bottled 2001Vintage; Tasted July 18, 2004: Almost black color with a tan head. Malty aroma with some hint of chocolate and coffee. Those two pick up quite a bit in the taste. I could have sworn it felt a bit like milk on the palate! robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
2001: Dark Coloring. Tan Head: Chocolate. Roasts. Bitter. A Very Good Porter!