durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours rich, dark brown, showing red on the edges and with a smallish beige head. Nose is roast grain, some chocolate, and a bit of rye spice. Taste shows more of the latter and the rye lends it a dry palate. Another good beer from this brewery.
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Clear red-brown with big, foamy, tan head / Weak cola nose / Medium body, creamy with soft carbonation, dry and toasty, with good balance and finish / Earthy, gentle, flavors of toast, tobacco, bread dough, caramel, and rye spice / Actually a very pleasant, reasonably complex, brew with a soft, cask, quality to the body. But for the 6.5, sessionable.
Frank (4006) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep garnet brown with a scant but fine bubbled white head. Mild nose but rich coffee and chocolate flavor. Creamy but dry with a slight prickle of carbonation. Tasty and drinkable.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark brown pour with a thin off white top. Scent is coffee bread and chocolate. Taste is sweet with a bitter rye finish.
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Local Option. Pours a clear amber brown wilts light brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has dark grains with a bit of coffee and backing rye that has light spice. Flavor has dark grains, nuttiness and light bitter chocolate with rye that comes out in the finish.
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub
Next up was this novel sounding beer that was another gem. I haven’t had that many memorable rye porters which made it all the better. Of the lower ABV session beers this may have been the best which explained why the board said "Almost Gone".
Aroma / Appearance - The inky reddish black body is on the light side for a porter but still within reason. Malt, blackberries, and rye participate in equal measure. Chocolately undertones glue it all together like the frosting of a cake.
Flavor / Palate - Bitter malts, rye toast, and then black coffee with a dash of creamer take turns toying with the palate. The finish is dry but smooth. It does fade a little too quickly for my preferences. However at 6.5% ABV you could drink a few before you began to feel its effects completely.
shrubber85 (10669) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap (growler). Light rye and coffee/chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown color with medium head. Mildly sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter earthy herbal hops flavor. Nice rye flavor.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Chocolate/coffee malt, charcoal aroma. Dark brown with a moderate creamy tan head, good lacing. Chocolate/coffee malt, earth flavor with a light bitter hop finish. Light bodied.
Tmoney99 (13459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Pours dark brown color with a moderate fizzy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt and dark grain aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark chocolate bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of milk chocolate, light rye, cherry and caramel. Appearance is murky black with tan head. Flavor matches the nose; a good chocolate porter base with a little spice in the finish. Palate is lightly bubbly. Very good and inventive porter.