DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Pours pitch black with a medium off-white head. Smells of chocolate and citrus. Taste is hoppy and citrusy, suprising for a porter but neat. A slight chocolate undertone exists in the taste that becomes more noticeable towards the end of the aftertaste. Feel of the palate is my biggest complaint I’d like it to be thicker, but aftertaste is nice. Nice beer but not as good as the Alpha King. beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
well I’m not sure that calling this a porter is entirely fair due to the "tons of strange American hops", but I liked it. Rich porter looks of dark brown, but sharp IPA aromas and then blended porter/IPA flavours. There was roasted malts and chocolate and there were lots of hops. There was caramel malts in the finish but then lots of hoppy bitterness too. Strange but enjoyable combination. BeerandBlues2 (13321) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Thanks to jsquire for this brew. Pours a deep and thick black with a small tan head that mostly dissipates. Has a very light and patchy lacing.Huge fragrant floral hop aroma greats you and almost hides the chocolate malt notes. Initial flavor is dark roasted coffee malt and then a dry hoppy finish. Very warm and full-bodied dark beer. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
From the bottle this pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Lots of hops and roasted malts in the aroma, bitter chocolate/cocoa in the nose. Very dry mouthfeel with some bitter chocolate up front and a big bitter finish with a slight metallic finish. Lots of hops for a porter, and this bottle had been aging for a while. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
Bottle at Fall Beerfest In Toronto 2004. Dark brown in colour. Aroma was very hoppy and had some roasted malt. Flavour was quite hoppy, slight roasted malt, chalky, some dark chocolate. Medium/large body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a long hoppy bitterness. This one caught me off guard with all of the hops. I have another bottle (thanks secret santa) so I can give this one another try.
Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Quite large brown head of very fine bubbles. Frothy on top with good lacing. Wow great complex aroma. Lots of piney hops to offset the big roasted malts. Bit of chocolate and molasses. Color is black. Rich and zesty flavor. Lots of roasted grain, coffee, spruce and a dry bitterness. Balanced wonderfully. Little bit of citrus pokes its head through also. Finish is dry and roasty with a good bitterness. One of the best porters I have ever had. The big hops presence sets this one above the rest.. Thanks to bunkypop for this one. green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Black. Hoppy aroma. Stout-like mouthfeel. Rich, compex and well balance chocolate and roasted nut flavors. What can you say, this is zymurgenius. It seems allot more like a stout than a porter but who cares? Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Dark brown with a fluffy head that diminishes to a sheet of lace. Aroma is rich with dark chocolate and candied fruit. Flavour starts smooth and sweet then rips into a hoppy bite with a very smooth bitter coffee finish. One killer porter. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle courtesy of corndog: Dark brown with a medium thick tan head. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, pine, citrus, and roasted malts. Taste is chocolate covered hops, chocolate, cascade hops, lemon, vanilla. The combination of hops and roasted malt works surprisingly well here; I have become a believer. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 This beer pours like coca-cola and has a head which disintegrates very quickly. The aroma has pine, hops, chocolate, and raisin at least so far. I have never encountered a taste like this before because it has pine, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and butterscotch. The aftertaste is quite bitter which I like. I’m sure I am missing a lot because it is my first Porter from such a great brewery. This will be my rating for now.