SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Bottle. Pours "stout" brown with a moderate tan head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is roasty malts with a litght hoppiness. Flavor is warm and sweet with dark roasted malts, some coffee notes and a lingering dry-hoppy fihish. Body is rich and full with mild and easy carbonation. Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Aroma is very good for a porter, almost like an imperial stout... heavy chocolate, espresso, slightly nutty smell, and roasty. Very roasty taste too, light coffee notes, toned down chocolate, a well put together porter, but I agree that it is thin, and pretty one-sided. Neverless, it is good. rajendra82 (1098) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2004
This 22 oz. brown bomber was received courtesy of Eyedrinkale as part of a trade. Dark charred brown body had an extremely large foamy head that occupied ¾ of the pint glass. The aroma was coffee, chocolate, and roasted grains. The taste was an enigma, with a roasty and slightly sour taste let down by the very thin and watered down mouthfeel. Quite drinkable, but flawed porter. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 13-Sep-04 (22 oz bottle: $3.49 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) Well balanced and nicely made American porter with a dry, very chocolaty, dark roasted flavor that is pleasantly bitter, and nothing too strong or overwhelming. Has some spicy, green pepper notes like those found in some Cabernets. However, it’s very yeasty, both in the nose and flavor, strong enough to match the dark roasted flavor, and that distraction is the only major negative, but it’s enough to drop the total rating by a few points. I have two bottles, so I’ll rerate this later on and see if the yeastiness is as prevalent in that bottle. Full bodied, probably average for the style, and quite carbonated. Fully black and opaque, very heady when poured, and demonstrates very nice head retention and thick, dense lacing.jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
14-Apr-05 (22 oz bottle: $3.49 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Confirmed. Pretty much, my previous review really needs no altering, but since I promised a rerate, here it is. Chocolate and roast dominate, and it’s minimally sweet. The yeasty nose and flavor is still fairly prevalent, but I guess not really a negative in the grand scheme of things. The dry palate has a milky and creamy mouthfeel, but is on the watery side when compared to the average body of a porter. Everything else remains consistent from the previous rating.
Bottle. A dark brown to black color with a brown head. Almost stout like in presentation. A toasted grain aroma with coffee and chocoate. Robust flavors and palate for a porter. Milky, a little tart, and bitter chocolate flavors.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
This porter pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a thick, light brown head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter and malty with a slight chocolate note and a bit of roastiness. The flavor is very similar with slight anise notes and a touch of sourness. Meidum to full bodied and smooth. 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2004
A deep black body with a cola-like brown head, the aroma on this one is phenomenal. Characters of smoke, bourbon, roasted chocolate malts, and a slight hint of cream, the strength is dead on and the overall experience of the aroma is like a perfect porter. Soft initial mouthfeel, before a sudden explosion of carbonation on the tongue. Within the bubbles is a mix of smoke and milk, leading to a dry and very bitter finish full of sweet hops. Easy and thin body, but missing a bold flavor. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Very thick with a huge head and chocolate aroma. Chocolatey, bitter and nutty. Love to try this nitro but I've never seen it on tap. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Had at the brewpub in Larkspur. Almost black but has some brown if held to a light. Aroma is sweet and rich with some nuttiness. Flavor is very rich and complex. Roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate all evident. Nice medium body with a slight bitter aftertaste. Overall a very good porter. Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Brown color -- flat and rich. Malty sweet, mildly fruity aroma. Mild, smooth, rich, balanced flavor. The flavor is lovely, as is the mouth feel. Sweetly rich with a smoky background. Very good.