Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolatem, molasses, maple, biscuits, roasty. Taste is of botter chocolate, roasted malts, biscuits, some grassy notes on the finish.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler. Black w lil’ head. Gummy fruit aroma. nice, not too roasty, until the finish. fruit chocolate. smooth.
Lubiere (13428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark clear brown with a thin white head. Dilute chocolate and vanilla in aroma. Watery porter with powdery chocolate and lactic notes. Mondial 2005.
hershiser2 (2732) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark- nearly black with only a tiny bit of head. Malty aroma, coffee, and mollasses. Flavor is pretty straightforward, with roasted malts and coffee.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roast is present in the aroma. Sweet dark flavor with some coffee notes. Bitter. Some hop kick in the end. A little thin bodied.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma produces a mild hint of coffee. The color of dark chocolate resides in the glass under a decent head. The taste offers a combination of roasted grain and coffee.
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark brown with ruby highlites with a frothy light tan head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, and cherry cough syrup. Taste is sweet with some roasted chocolate and cherry essence with a dry roasty finish. I don’t mind this, though it is perhaps a bit too sweet.
dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour Small tan head. very little lacing. Bitter flavor with quite a bit choclate and some malt. Ok to drink. Not a great porter.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - NOV 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
huge head, but quickly disappearing. dark brown hue, it has nutty aroma. chocolate flavor w/ a hint of coffee.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is not how I remember it. First off, this batch has an obvious overpriming problem, so I am not going to count that against this beer whichI have had before. This leads me to think I will rerate sometime in the future. Anyway, for what it is, the color just a shade light for a porter, and the aroma is mild. Slight roast, some malt, some alcohol, maybe a bit of hop- but mild for a porter at 7%.
The flavor is smooth and off-dry, not strongly roasty or bitter. Whether this was characteristic of porters in colonial America I’m not sure- but adjuncts like molassas certainly were commonly used. The flavor improves with some warming, but overall it’s a fairly tame porter by modern standards. Nice, but not something I frequently buy.