kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Dark Brown body w/ ruby highlights under a lasting beige head. Chocolatey and roasty right out of the gate, some caramel and other malty aromas as well. Slightly woody, but not very oakey as suggested by the bottle as being aged in oak. There is also a light alcohol and fruitiness as it warms. Malty and very well balanced; chocolate flavors dominate, but there is more of the woody flavor present as opposed to the aroma. Caramel flavors about mid palate, and a chocolatey finish with a lightly roasty, mildly sweet aftertaste. Not a whole lot of fruitiness, and no acidic or sour flavors from the dark grains. Medium bodied and low carbonation w/ a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a very, very good brown porter. Not roasty or acrid enough to be a robust porter, but I could drink a lot of this one. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Not the best smell of a porter, but a good one for a beer, Strong nose, raisins perhaps? and some other sweet malt notes. Lovely dark color however with a good thin head. Flavor is a bit thin, somewhat watery. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but not all together impressive. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
Dark brownred with thin beige head.
Fruity aroma with citrus and merengue.
Fruity flavour with dry finish. Andrew196 (1922) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
A very average porter, nothin doin other than the typical roastiness, smoke, caramel, chocolate, wood....I guess it was alright, but mix it up a little, will ya? Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
A very dissapointing brew. THe flavors that the commericial description say are their, but the aftertaste of this brew and the mouthfeel are horrible.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2003
7/26/03: bottle. bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2003
chocolate and malt aroma. deep brown body- almost looks like a stout except that the body is more brown and the head is more “hole-ie”. very creamy with a heavy coffee flavor. notes of chocolate with a bitter finish.
Dark brown to nearly an opaque black body. Thin but persistant tan head. No lacing.CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Roasted malts and chocolate are the predominant aromas. Some hop aromas are there too.
Smoky, chocolate flavors. Nice hop bite. Flavors start big but thin out slightly. Nice lingering roasted-bitter aftertaste. The more you drink, the more the bitterness sticks with you.
A prickly mouthfeel that is a bit astringent. Not exactly smooth.
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Rerate 1/18/06: Bottle shared by beeryum: Pours a dark, yet transparent brown with a thin, lightly-lacing wispy tan head. Dark roasty malt aroma has some fresh green hoppiness, similar to Flying Dog Gonzo. Body starts with a mild dark caramel sweetness turning more bitter with some ashy coffee toward the finish.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Darkish brown color with a big cream-colored lacy head. Soft sweet malty aroma with a faint hint of dark chocolate. Body is bittersweet, roasty, and well balanced. Lacks the texture and fullness of flavor I look for in a good porter. Not a bad effort, but slightly over-rated.
a stout-hued porter, a single neon ruby light beams like a forlorn lighthouse in the sooty darkness. the head was attractive, a sheep skin colored cushion of foam and sharp skid marks of lace. seemingly aroma challenged tho, light roasty oak and grape, cane sugar. very smoth, medium bodied, understated bitterness, moderate sweetness, edge-scorched oak, coffee and pie crusts with a diminutive flavoring of peach skins. moderate alcohol impact. tasty, well-constructed mid-range beer, but conspicuously lacks "bigness". daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
Very dark brown. Nose is roasty with coffee. Great roastiness in the body with a bittersweet middle. Light coffee notes towards the end. Marries well, nice work here.