Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 As this “Bad Boy” sits in the glass a raven color with deep garnet high lights and the head Herculean in size, creamy in texture and a beauteous dark tan in color, as it evanesces a thick and glutinous blanket of lace forms to smother the glass. Deep roasted grain aroma with hints of coffee, sweet malt, quite fresh and crisp a real pleasant nose to be sure, start is thick malt and slightly sweet, top full and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is meek in its acidity, the hops powerful in their spiciness, slight alcohol bitterness at the bone dry after taste, seems to me with a little more body you could call this an Imperial Stout, a great drinking beer for a Friday night to end the work week, “Woo Hoo”! Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2002
Manna from Heaven!! One of the best I’ve ever had. Darker then Darth Vader (with his mask on, of course) and just as evil when used irresponsibly. But I love it still... Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate/cocoa), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with light notes of alcohol, vanilla, plum. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly astringent. A bit tart for my liking, unimpressive mouthfeel, and aromatically straightforward for the most part. Ok though. AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2002
Nice coffee aroma, a thick creamy head that hangs on, very smooth throught the finish. Full Sail rocks!! TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 rerate: this is a much fresher sample. exp. date 7/20/02. aroma of espresso and nice roasted grains. Mouthfeel is creamy and simply delectable. Flavors are very much pronounced here; finishes with a very lovely burnt bitter chocolate/hop bite; leaves sticky residue on the lips. nice! One of the best porters I have had. For $7.59 a six pack, how can you beat it? I like the idea of this style. My bottle was 6 months outdated but I could definitely see this beers potential. Huge, sticky head, espresso middle with lingering hop bitter finish.
Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2002
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 ReRate-22 oz bottle 2003. This was one of the first craft brews i ever had, but i didn't give it a justified writeup-pours 95% black. nice tan head that dissapeared very fast, but lasted along the rim of the snifter. nice hoppy arome along with the chocolate malts. long roasted finish with some piney hop notes. well balanced and solid. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 31, 2002
The name brings thoughts of rome, and african colinization. However the beer brings nothing but bliss. Chocolate Aroma with hints of brown sugar. Chocolatey with coffee, hops pop up to say hellow through out the beer. Crisp, satisfying and warming. Awsome joet (2606) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2002
A nice nose, sweet, bright roasty malty flavors. Robust coffee flavors, between a crisp and creamy mouthfeel, bitter roasty finish. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2001
A lovely, warming beer. I, too love the idea of an Imperial of this style and they pull it off magically.
12-21-2001 UPDATE- alittle more studied this time: thick and black color; descernable head that sustained, deep leafy nose.
This may sound gross, but tobacco was a big player in the palate of this beer. But it works. foamdaddy99 (6) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2001 does not count
My favorite dark beer. Almost a chocolate aftertaste. I really like the foamy brown head. Try it with Vanilla Ice Cream for an excellent Porter Float. No I’m not crazy this was suggested to me by a Full Sail rep!