Shag (2987) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Aroma is mainly chocolate and some darker fruit. Taste is slightly bitter but mostly sweet. Palate is a little thin. A good porter but not one of my favorites. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2003
2001: Roasted coffee, raw bread and funky grain aroma. Very sweet raisin/prune fruitiness on the palate, a little pastey towards the end. Too sweet at first but actually finishes nicely with a roasted coffee bitterness. Probably needs time to temper the sweetness and soy flavors. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2003
2001 bottle quaffed in 2003. Wow, some damn good portah. The obligatory choco-coffee tastes are there along with some fruity undertones married with a roasty aftertaste. not too heavy at all. yar this be good! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Color is dark brown with deep amber highlights with a pinky-finger high head of bumpy, lumpy dark ivory crown, no real lace qualities. Smell is of dark fruits - banana, starfruit, and mixes well with some real quaility darkened caramel sweetness from malts with a notes in toffeeness. Taste is soooo smooth of caramel, lots of maltyness, some great small bitterness of dark citrusy hops noting on banana and orange, notes of toffee, maple syrup, and a even a touch of chocolate lightly making an appearance in there, quite a nice subtle mixing in this offering. Very full bodied with an enormous amount of exceptional creamyness that just slides down making a home in every area of your senses. Wow, this was one great little amount of fun, so sad to see the last sip go. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 1997 vintage sampled on 11/25/06: Bottle opens without any sound of carbonation. Pours a mostly still, barely-transparent mahogany brown with a thin ring of slightly-lacing tan head. Rich aroma of milk chocolate and aged, slightly oxidized caramel malt with a touch of roast. Body starts sweet and toffee flavored balanced with nice, mild dark chocolate bitterness toward a sticky, smoky, earthy finish. Some carbonation still remains in the palate. This seems to have aged very well for a regular porter.
Ungstrup (37317) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2003
2001 sampled on 7/22/04: Pours an oily rich opaqueness with a thin silky tan head. Aroma is rich and sweetly complex with some aged character and a touch of roasted malt. Starts nicely caramely sweet with some dark chocolatey bitterness and dryness showing up toward the finish. This has aged very well, considering it’s not bottle-conditioned, not highly hopped, and not very high in alcohol, plus it endured a trip across the Atlantic. A very amazing brew!
2001 sampled on 6/9/03: Rich brown oily appearance with a voluptuous tan head. Aroma of fresh baked chocolate brownies. Smooth chocolatey body immersed in caramel finishes dry and sweet. Good complexity and very mellow. The Cougar says it’s the best porter he’s had.
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 Vintage 1999, sampled 2006. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of raising and plums, but also notes of oxidation and roasted malt, giving it a sligth acidity. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of plums and chocolate, but also light notes of the alcohol and oxidation, leading to a dry woody end. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2003
2000 version. Dark brown with a med brown head. Aroma of chocolate and vanilla?? Flavor of roast and chocolate. Smooth and sweet. Slight bitter finish. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
brownish black, but remarkably light in body. I think I'll lay down a bottle for a couple of years, as others have suggested JK (6095) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Black. No head on this beer. Roasted taste with some coffee. A little chocolate taste. Thick and heavy. A small bite at the end. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Dark brown/black, and the taste was as full and thick as the appearance. Full of roastiness - I was reminded of sweetened coffee. Seemed to have just the right amount of carbonation. I got hints of raisin chocolate and anise in this along with the coffee.