MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Bottle. Deep brown in color, tan head that laced my glass. Earthy aroma, kind of smoky with some oak. Deep chocolate malt flavor, offset by a good amount of smoky flavor, and the oak really comes through in the finish and complements the chocolate malt, just the right amount of bitterness in there too. One of the most balanced porters that I’ve had, I’m a fan. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2004 i had no idea this was a porter when i bought it,but hot damn im glad it is.
i dumped this one into a pint glass and it gave off a very nice head.pretty dark with hints amber trying to sneak through when held up to sunlight.
the first sip gave off a bit of spice in the beginning,and then the smokey porter flavor came afterwards.i bet this is near perfect on tap. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
(22 oz bottle, $4) Unexpectedly flavorful and robust porter featuring a strong dark roasted and fairly dry maltiness with a moderate bitterness which along with a late-evolving oat flavor and a mild smokiness becomes more dominant in the long-lasting finish; Full bodied, smooth, and very dry on the palate; The nose consists of a moderately dark roasted aroma and a very strong and dominating yeastiness; Opaque and very dark brown in color; Large, creamy light tan head shows solid retention; The clumping head can't seem to stick to the glass initially, but eventually is able to leave small splotches of lace here and there; Some sediment remains behind in bottle Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
This brew pours with a black body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet, roasty and malty with a little note of coffee. The flavor is sweet, creamy and malty with a little roasted coffee. Full bodied, smooth and a little dry. Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours black, with a foamy tan head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, malt, bitter chocolate. Chocolate & malt are the main flavors of the beer. Overall it’s pretty good. The toffee does come out more as the beer warms.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
dark hue, small head, aroma was chocolate - coffee like, as well for the taste, i good beer, bittersweet smooth finish, would drink this again. davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Poured dark, with a tan head. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate. This wasn’t too bad at all, flavor was like a coffee and chocolate/caramel, with a smooth finish. Not bad at all! 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Deep brown, light tan head. Strong coffee nose, very robust, sweet coffee and nuts, some vailla and a gritty finish. BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Dark dense pour, thick head formation. Roasted, pastey aroma, sweet frutiiness. Thick ful bodied palate, rich sweet fruity flavor, balances well against the roastiness. Oats smooth things out particularly well. Good complex well built porter. Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Dark with a small tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, smoke and coffee. Flavour is bitter chocolate with some anise in the finish. A darn good porter.