Ed5388 (2312) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler thanks to Jeff! Pours a thin clear dark brown color with a thin tan foam of head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, coffee grounds, and cigarette ash. Taste is much the same with a thin mouthfeel. Ash, roasted malt, coffee grounds, and chocolate.
drfabulous (4266) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
32 ounce growler from Liquor Barn. Big nose and taste of coffee. Thin body for an imperial porter, but nice coffee taste overall despite being Maxwell House.
Brigadier (3125) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Liquor Barn
Since I could not get enough of Against the Grain the previous day I stopped at the Liquor Barn to try a few more samples. A great place for trying local and regional offerings it’s worth the detour. This particular release is a bit different than your normal porter thanks to the grocery store grade coffee ... but somehow it works.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base retains a minimal off white head. Straight black coffee is the biggest contributor to a malty profile. This is the smell of the office coffeepot after the cheapskate in the group bought a can of Maxwell’s coffee instead of a local alternative.
Flavor / Palate - The coffee is heavy from the first sip. The fluid mouthfeel lingers in the corners of the mouth before clinging to the throat. It is not needy like a bad girlfriend; this is more like the feel of watching a long lasting sunset. It may not be the greatest porter out there. However it does make a statement that you need not always used rare ingredients to make a fine drinkable beer.
Tmoney99 (11221) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample Cask. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark toasted sweet flavor with medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer.
AndyW68 (1159) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good coffee porter. Aroma sweet smoky coffee. Taste sweet nutty mild smoke coffee porter. Nice example.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Deep brown body, ruby highlights. Fizzy, beige head. Aroma of coffee, cream and roasted malts. Hint of nuts and chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, soft carbonation. Peppery alcohol in the finish. Dry like coffee. Taste of coffee and cream. But there’s also a medicinal flavor in the finish along with the alcohol that ruined a promising coffee and cream start.
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Served in a mug, pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Aroma of lots of roasted coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted nuts and coffee up front with sweet chocolate and sweet malt in the finish. There is a nice, solid coffee presence here and the beer is light and drinkable.
tmongoose (1422) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sampler poured dark brown when it got to me no visible head. Medium bodied porter with the aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Pretty solid flavor matching the aroma. Again only a sample but worth it.
hombrepalo (1882) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at the brewpub. Best of the bunch. Poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, oak, coffee and bitter chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of coffee, roastiness and bakers cocoa with a smooth dry lingering coffee finish.
NachlamSie (2831) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mug at the brewpub. It’s really weird that they’ve done a high quality porter with less than high quality coffee. The coffee flavor itself is not stellar, but not offputting either. That’s basically how I’d sum up Maxwell House. This beer ends up being pretty tasty. It has a creamy, chocolatey body with very convincing coffee flavor. The initial flavor would lead me to believe that the finish would be quick and metallic, but it actually lingers like a savory coffee/milk beverage. I rather enjoyed the beer, everything is harmonious and balanced. If they had used better coffee, this could be even more delicious.