radagast83 (7637) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black look, a very malty and hoppy flavor, which reminds one of coffee and cream.
stouby (4545) - Holbśk, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, at No. 5.
Dark brown with brown head, mostly disappearing, modest lacings. Aroma moderate malty (burnt, brown sugar, coffee) and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter, long duration. Medium body, watery/oily, soft carbonated.
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours out a very dark brown, almost black with a thick tan head. Aroma is strong on coffee and chocolate. I taste bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, roasted malt, a little sweet cream and a bit of smoke on the malty finish. Full bodied on the palate, and very smooth. Delicious brew, my favorite porter thus far.
OldMrCrow (2430) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 From the bottle
Pours dark with an ample tan head. The aroma is molassas with hints of peat, pumpernickel, and smoke.
The flavor is coffee, bitter chocolate, and subtle spices, not too salty and pleasingly dry despite the molassas aroma; thereís a decisive red-wine flavor to the front side of the finish. Mouthfeel is good, and finish is pleasing; this one goes down smoothly.
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black colour with a medium brownish and lasting head. Sweet malty aroma and a rather complex taste of coffee and chocolate and spices. Full body with a smooth palate.
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is chocolate and coffee along with deeply roasted malt and hops. The appearance is a dark reddish brown with a nice head. The flavor is also full of deeply roasted malt and coffee. The bitterness in the aftertaste is just right. Smooth palate. Its pretty good.
mik82 (34) - ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost black with brown head. Delicious aroma of roasted coffee. Coffee, chocolate malty flavour with caramel. One of my favourite easily obtainable beers
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark malty color with a thick creamy beige head. Looks a bit like Coca Cola. Smell is complex. Very smokey scent, with hints of roasted coffee,caramel,vanilla and fudge. Taste is smokey, like beef jerkey, with hints of caramel and thick sweet cream. The first few times I had this beer, I thought it was average and overrated. However, the taste grows on you and you learn to appreciate the complexities put into this beer. Very good porter.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty surprised this is a top 50 beer. Aroma is pretty nice, with some chocolatiness and maltyness. But the taste is really unassertive, boring... Iím not a fan of british hops, and this is a perfect example why. They really do nothing for the beer. Bitterness is near non-existant and hop flavors are basically not there. Palate is pretty watery and thin, too.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a coffee black with a nice tan head. Coffee mocha aroma. Taste is extremely smooth, coffee, chocolate, with a clean bittering that goes perfectly with the beer. Very good brew. Maybe because itís also a smooth drinking tasty combo of my 3 vices... coffee. chocolate. beer. Mmmm.