TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Very unique aroma for a porter, this one has a big hop profile, very piney , sweet. Beer pours dark brown with a very large, fluffy, bubbly off white head that is retained. Flavor goes with the aroma. Initial flavor is malty, a bit smoked, the finish is hoppy though not in the massive amount the aroma suggests. An extremely unique brew that gets added to my must have each year list. Thanks to EddieG for this one.
Update for 2004 version: This one for me now hits all the marks. Incredible pine, spruce, chocolate aroma. One of the most lush mouthfeels ever, and the most delicious flavor of chocolate and hops ever. My first perfect score!!! cathcacr (649) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2005
Really damn well done, what else can I say. I daresay the finest Porter I’ve ever had, easily. Part of my definitiion of a great work of art is: harmonious integration of its elements. And this one’s got it. Where it’s complex and variable, it meshes with the rest. Smokiness, roastiness, chocolate, coffee (on the aroma coinciding just right with the flavor), all coming together in a swirling tongue-caressing elixir that matches precisely and lovingly with the creamy head. And speaking of that head foam, it’s of the perfect consistency with respect to both density and thickness. This is a work of beauty. Nah, it’d be nitpicky to put this at my original score of 4.7. It doesn’t really fall short at all. Most unforunate indeed that I can’t procure a lot more of this fine beverage.
railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2006 excellant chistmas beer or any time .great head and flavor to it with just the right hops to it another fine job by
the guys. the chocolate overtones is awesome this beer kicks ass great porter and will enjoy for years to come
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2016 At the daily. This was fantastic. It got the roast level, the hops, the malt just right, a little rich but stiff drinkable even a little minerally. Serving: Tap