rauchbier (3949) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle, from Systembolaget store in Malmø. 2004 edition. Jet black with flashes of red, thin but lasting off white head and gentle condition. Sweet and fruity malt in the nose with touches of woodiness but all quite restrained. Sweet and smokey in the mouth with some chocolate and roast apparent as well as a fruity note. Finish is long and dry with hints of sweet liquorice, roast barley and chocolate. Deep and warming alcohol note rumbles like distant thunder in your digestive tract. If only the aroma was a little more assertive.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 2001 Edition. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Initial head was about 1.5 inches of fluffy, thick foam which settled into a 1/4 inch after a couple minutes. Almost opaque in the glass, the beer was reddish umber when light could get through. The aroma is not strong and I didn’t smell the coffee mentioned on the label. What I did smell was a very clean and soft fragrance. At first, the Carnegie fills your mouth but doesn’t explode with taste. It’s creamy and smooth, but also light and fresh in the mouth (not overly heavy and surprisingly refreshing for the color). After swallowing, the taste explodes in a not over-bitter flavor. The aftertaste remains bitter for a few seconds and then settles back into a smooth and soft that lingers for about two minutes. All in all, it is the best porter I can remember having. NOTE: I chilled the beer for 30 min. in the freezer, since I'm impatient and I got home late. I'm not sure if it would be better at a colder temperature, but it tasted great even as it got a bit lukewarm. Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Black to red brown appearance, nice big tan head on top.
Aroma is a bit weak, some roastiness and a unpleasant metallic note.
Strong roasty flavor, good bitterness, some chocolate and a sweet sugary end. Rather nice flavor, good session porter. Think this one will gain from aging. Thanks to rickgordon for this one. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Bottle pours black with dark red hues, small tannish head, somewhat decent lacing.   Aroma is rather subdued on this one, slightly roasty and chocolatey, nothing extraordinary.   Up front I get a smooth chocolately, quite malty too.   Progressing towards the finish I get more of a soy like sweetness.   Very smooth, good body, quite the pleasure to drink. Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2004
2001 edition. Pours deep red-brown (but transparent) with a creamy light tan head. Toffee, wood, caramel, toast, and earthy hops apparent in the aroma. Flavor is suggestive of a doppelbock, with strong raisin notes, toffee, caramel and toast as well as licorice. Sweet brown sugar finish with tight carbonation reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Reminds me of Fuller’s London Porter (mmm...). I’m also picking up some tobacco in the finish. Medium-bodied and packed with flavor, this is a very nice porter indeed.
Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 26, 2004
5.5% ABVwhaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2004
Pours a dark brown body with a red glow and a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is quite weak penetrated by pilsner malt (!), hops and some smoke and liquorice. Flavor is nice but also a little weak and thin. Notes of sweet roasted malt, brown sugar, smoke and hops. A tastefull porter but needs more body to be great! It will probably gain some after a couple of years of storage!
My 30th country, woo-hoo! Dark burgundy-brown body and thick, creamy tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, berries, and some light coffee notes. Well-balanced flavor and smooth body. Thanks to loweredsixth for sending me a taste of Sweden. Ida7999 (106) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
(2001) dark brown with red overtones, pours a thick head that quickly dissipates, roasted malt, sweet and fruity, light hops, some coffee and light chocolate, a bit winey; flavor is strong, roasted malt, lightly hopped, sweet and fruity, coffee, a bit light texturally BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2004
2001: Muddy deep brown with reddish hues producing a frothy fading tan head and good lace. The aroma is a wonderful hints of heavy caramel, toffee, prunes, raisin, very earthy and slightly woody, near vinous. The taste starts sweet and malty with a twangy fruit and sharp hop undertone. Chocolate tones run throughout this beer. Some smoky tones and lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and soft, while not sticky. A excellent old porter with lots of complexity and depth. Loved it, Thanks loweredsixth for the brew. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
2001... Black, not opaque, violet spots where the light shows through. Tight creamy tan head, some lacing. Sweet chocolate, coffee, fudge and toffee aroma. Chocolate malty taste, then coffee and finally finishing dry and grassy.