JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 5, 2004
As close to blood colored when held to the light as any brew I have had. Moderate head of big mocha colored bubbles. Aromas of chocolate, light coffee and pine trees. The nose is interesting, but does not seem well mixed. Initial light hops followed by caramel malts and mild coffee and roasted malts in the finish. Some late fruity and vanilla flavors that again are intriguing, but seem somewhat out of place. Late finish is pure caramel malt goodness. I like it but too many things seem out of place. A tough rate. Some great flavors and aromas mixed with some that seem to be out of the ordinary. My other bottle may just have to sit awhile to see how it progresses. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Dark brown/black, brown head. Massive pine aroma, nothing else, just hops galore. Flavor is much better balanced with chocolate malt, coffee, and hops. Medium to full body. Was good, but those hops were almost off-putting. Thanks frielock. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2004 Thanks to frielock. Smells more like an imperial IPA than anything else. Coffee/chocolate is there if you breathe in for a long time. This seriously smells like fresh hops. Thin head, deep ruby body. Sharp on the tounge, but not in the way that the aroma suggests. Very bitter, only a bit of porter comes through. This is just wierd. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Is this Rogue Skullsplitter, or is Rogue Skullsplitter really Alpha Klaus? Poured dark red-brown with a thin light tan head. Piney, floral hops aroma with underlying dark chocolate/mocha. Piney, spicy hops dominated the flavor profile while chocolatey roasted malt stayed in the background. An unusual porter, or is it a schwarzbier? I did enjoy the spicy hops bouquet and the chocolate malt combination, although the beer is definitely slanted to the former. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Dark, nearly black body with a small brown head. Aroma is incredibly hoppy for a porter. Smells like fresh green hop leafs. Taste has some roastiness and is rather dry, some subtle hints of sweetness come through from the sugar. Hints of chocolate. Very bitter. Overly hopped for a porter and over rated in my opinion, but it is still quite nice. Thanks Jokes for sending this out to Buffalo.
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 November 2007. 2006 Vintage. Bottle from some tiny liquor store in Cleveland. No notes. Hops are much milder than previous samples, allowing sweeter chocolaty roast malt to come out more. Smooth and delicious. Added +1 overall.
February 2004 @ Frielock’s place in Buffalo. Bottle. If you close your eyes your mouth will think your nose is a horrible liar. Massive assault of hops upon the nose is overpoweringly like a bag of green hop pellets that is not at all porter like but is kind of cool. Black body with a good head that doesn’t really stick around. Slight roastiness and malt in the flavour underneath a lot of bitterness. Quite enjoyed the chance to try this, thanks frielock. 9/4/8/4/16
Random IPFreely quote of the night "...I don’t put lettuce or tomatoe on my Mighty... It’s a waste of space."
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Smells very piney. If I didn't know any better, I would classify this as an IPA, not a porter. Very little roasted and chocolate taste, heavy in hop flavor. It also, has a thinner body than I expected. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2004
As soon as the cap comes off this bottle you notice the strong hop aroma. It is a somewhat delicate floral hop aroma. It pours very dark with a thick tan head which disappears rather quickly. From the initial aroma I expected a much harsher hop flavor but it was milder than the aroma and name of the beer led me to expect. There is still a fairly strong and crisp bitterness though, it’s just not overpowering; most distinguishable was a grapefruit and citrus hop flavor. I also noticed subtle chocolate flavors underneath the bitterness. Overall it is a very nicely balanced beer. cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
I had this beer out of a bottle. The color is black. The smell is of coffee/chocolate. The taste is very full for a porter. Chocolate and roasted malt extremely noticeable. Good porter, but not the beer I typically drink. austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Very black, and the aroma is a strong, hoppy one. Extremely piney, like eating a conifer. The flavor is more of the same, with the hops thoroughly dominating all else, even the substantial amount of malt! A hint of grapefruit, but overall I'm surprised how much like an Imperial IPA this is, given its dark color. I don't taste as much chocolate malt as some others do. What's so special about this brew?