GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Isabellaís in Dubuque, IA. Clear dark dark brown with bubbly tan head. Smells and tastes of black licorice and brown sugar. Alcohol flavor also seemed more prominent than the stated 5.4%. Moderately carbonated.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lucky number 700! Iíve been meaning to try this one since the beginning, but finally picked it up to celibrate the end of the semester. Bold aroma and a beautiful pour. Strong with a coffee flavor to it. no bad aftertaste makes this beer smooth and nice. A winner.
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Nice lacing. Roasted coffee/chocolate aroma and taste delivers what it promises. Lingers nicely on the palate. Great beer.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown in colour. Smooth awith some nutty and chocolate malt. Iím not sure how close this is to victorian porters, but for a modern variation it is very good.
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark in nature, almost black. Not much of a head. Coffee and chocolate smell. This is a bold beer yet smooth. The finish was smooth for such a full taste.
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark nearly black, opaque. Thin tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, malt, coffee. Smokey. Full bodied, slick. Flavor is of malt and coffee. Well balanced through and through. No poor aftertaste.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
One pint, 6oz brown bottle purchased from Armanettiís, Mundelein, IL. ABV 5.4%. Expiration date 8/29/05 and bottle opened 12/1/05 so beer already expired. Clear dark brown hued porter having diminishing off-white head with spare lacing. Complex aromas of chocolate, coffee, prunes, raisins, and toast. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied that starts dry with roasted malt and finishes dry with lingering light bitterness and expresso flavor. Though beer was expired, no notable off-tastes. Good drinkable porter.
larsga (7470) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small, tan, creamy head; black opaque body. Faint, roasty aroma. Deep, sweet, roasty taste, leading to an aftertaste of coffee and licorice. Very harmonic and balanced; not too complex. Great!
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color, with a thick cap of brown foam. Hop and roasted malt in the nose, light note of coffee. Much better taste: roasted malt and coffee, cappuccino! Good body strength, and very interesting quality of malt, not too much on the bitter-roasted side. Good balance with a residual sweetness. The hop is completely overwhelmed in the body; it comes up later in the finish. Not complex, but a very good example of dark ale (stout?).
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Pitch black, close to opaque, with a small, discreet head. Dark, burned flavours with a distinct bitterness that doesnít linger all that long though. 0040302