beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
Classic rich porter aromas of chocolate and some dark fruit come from this dark brown beer. Smooth flavours of choclate and some coffee - had a creamy texture and a bit of a bitter edge too. Pretty good. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Medium dark brown color, medium tan head as well. Heavily sweet malt aroma, medium sweet hops with some floral woody qualities. Medium body, creamy texture with a light coffee creamer flavor. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Moderately aromatic, with notes of currants, sweet malts, dark malts, chocolate, bold hops, onions and alcohol.
The malts provide notes of prunes, coffee and chocolate while other notes of brown sugar and molasses are present. The hops are bold and very prominent but in this porter it just didn’t work. Too hoppy for its style in my opinion.
Not that good. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade, thanks Brian!) The nose and initial sip make you think this will be a very mild porter, but that moderately strong dark roasted flavor up front picks up steam in the rather bitter and dark roasted finish; Light, but noticeable sweetness, but somewhat dry on the palate; The beer becomes more coffee-like in both the flavor and nose as it warms to room temperature; Medium to full bodied, about average for the style, and definitely lighter on the palate than the thick, chewy porters; Moderately dark roasted nose; Deep brown color has a ruddy hue when held to the light; Tan head has solid retention and leaves a fairly dense blanket of lacing on the glass at first, but most of that lacing vanishes within a minute or two; Maybe not in the upper echelon of porters, but it's not too far behind Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 A nice porter with a burnt chocolate aroma, rich dark brown color, and a nice brown head. It’s not to sweet, like many a porter, and has a chocolate/coffee/burnt malt flavoring. Great mouth-feel.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2004
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On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color, solid lacing. A wonderful aroma of smoke, coffee, roasted, chocolate, and tobacco. Rich and smooth, medium-full body, roasted malt joy. An absolutely wonderful porter, smooth and balanced with plenty of body and roastedness. FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Something in me wants to like this beer but each time I come away disappointed. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a thin black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was lightly fruity and hoppy with a hint of chocolate. The texture was thin and a bit watery. The flavor was strong with hops and really lacking in malt. I think if I was trying this blindfolded I would have pegged it as an IPA given how much the hops dominate and the malt disappears. Certainly a drinkable beer but a huge disappointment given the hype. I cant say that I would ever seek this one out again. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Super-dark garnet, initially a HUGE head and lots of lacing; eventually the head disappears and the beer flattens out. Big aroma, mostly of roastiness. Flavor is quite roasty with a bit of chocolate. Initially the mouthfeel is absolutely awesome--creamy, frothy, silky, and not even very sticky; as the beer breathes, though, this becomes just another thick, sticky porter. Yeah, fine, it’s another big porter, and yeah it’s good. Big whoop... Truthfully, I’m mildly sick of these overly-roasty porters/stouts. I’ll take Anchor’s rendition of this any day. steview (1088) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
duvel tulip glass: a dark semi-dry and hoppy porter. dry, cremey, chocolately, bittersweet, hoppy, roasty. all with a deliciousness to be wow wee wow wee wow'd. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Almost opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. The mocha head is very nice, dense creamy and producing excellent lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some nice citurs hops. The flavor continues the parade of things to like about this beer, hints of choclate chip cookie dough, along with coffee and a good dose of hops. Mediumn body, roasty finish. Damn fine porter. Thanks to JPDIPSO!