beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2003 Medium gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and piney. Dark black color. Large creamy head. Aroma is port wine, roasted malts and cherries and chocolate. A light to medium bodied stout. Malts are chocolate at first, and then give way to a port wine sweetness. Nicely balanced. Nice interplay between sweet and bitter. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.medium to lighter bodied American Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and only slightly sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Itís over balanced towards the hops and they tend to drown out the malt sweetness, but not overpowering enough to be annoying. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean but a bit thin at the finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. r464 (2360) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Very nice stout, dark with the largest head that I have ever seen come from a bottle. Smooth with little bitterness. Dry and touched with a hint of the wine flavor. LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2003
Intriguing and interesting Irish stout, albeit nothing fantastic. Very dark brown colour. Great roasted and sweet aroma/flavour with a long bitter and dry finish. Perhaps hints of chocolate, coffee and port? The initial palate is nice and smooth, but something isn't quite balanced. Maybe a bit too carbonated for me? Still, a nice and interesting beer. Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
Deep brown,massive rocky tan head.Faintly vinous,lightly roasted nose.Great roasted fore and mid, with the port sweetness at the end. Nice stuff Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
A super deep garnet color. The head is a huge, frothy tan leaving pillowy cloud formations. The aroma is very interesting. Bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, buttered toast, raisins and red wine grapes. An interesting hop presense shows up after moving away from the nose. The palate is very smooth and creamy. The flavor has a interesting woodiness to it, which accompanies the port and stout characteristics. The bitterness from the coffee, chocolate and hops seems to be mellowed out a slight sweetness toward the end. An interesting idea for a beer. Enjoyable and unique.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2003
Eye-catching mahogany/black. Sweet aromas cascade out of the glass, plus a generous waft of alcohol – strange considering this brew weighs in at only 4.8% alc./vol. A touch of dark chocolate, chalk and rain water rounds out the nose. Head doesn’t stay around very long. Once the brew hits the tongue, the dark chocolate flavour-profile really jumps to the fore, with an ingredients list borrowed from the back of a bar of chocolate: bitter cocoa powder, sugar and salt. The length is little short, but when something tastes this good, the aftertaste can never last long enough. Laugesen (5) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2003 does not count
Fine dark brown colour. A mild taste of port and sweet liqourice. In my opinon I would prefer a little higher level of alcohol. Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
Nice light brown head and black body. Aroma; dark chocolate, little liqourice, some port perhaps?. Full and smooth. Mild taste with a salty-bitter finish. Stout is not my favourite style. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Dark, murky brown color with a once large, later thin film, beige head...lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of my glass. The aroma was very fruity, vinous, and roasted coffee. The flavor was much more present in the flavor...some coffee, some bitterness, and dark fruits. Somewhat thin feel, but enjoyable...smooth, and not crisp on the tongue...wet finish. Dogbrick (12932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This beer pours a deep dark brown with a ruby hue and a thick light tan head. Both the head and the lacing are foamy and lasting. Slightly vinous aroma with roasted malt and coffee as well. The body is not as rich as a lot of Stouts, and the taste leans toward a bitter coffee, along with cocoa/chocolate and malt. The port wine that is added does not really enhance the flavor much but it is more present in the aftertaste. I like what this Stout is hinting at, especially considering Port wines are among my favorite. The finish is somewhat dry and bitter and lingers with the coffee and Port flavors. Overall this is pretty good.