phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in a sampler at Against the Grain. Pours a deep brown with no head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, toast, roast, brown sugar, and tobacco. Flavor of molasses, candied pecans, tobacco, caramel, and earth. Medium-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel. Not bad.
AndyW68 (782) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kentucky proud? Near black pour with minimal head. Aroma is dark chocolate. Taste is sweet and a little bitter. Lots of roast malt, coffee and chocolate.
tmongoose (1034) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on draft poured a dark brown color with a beige head. aroma right off is the dark roasted malts. mild hints of sweetness. also get mild hints of chocolate and or toffee. the flavor was a tad undersweet for a Baltic porter but that didn’t stop me from drinking it. it was a very good porter. lots and lots of deep roasted malts, again hints of chocolate and or toffee in the flavor. mild bitterness and medium body. overall damn good.
SpiritToAle (32) - - FEB 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong roasted notes in the nose match the nearly opaque color. Call me old school, but I like just a hint of copper transparency in my porter's appearance...this one is perfect. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. And it's got a bit of a bite. Roasted barley in full force, slight hoppiness and still very smooth. I'd drink this again. Maybe with a pulled pork sandwich. Yum.
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jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Jerry’s Collaboration Event. Dark mahogany with modest, creamy, beige head / Fruity nose of dark caramel, dark fruit, chocolate / Medium body, a touch thin, modest sweetness and hopping yielding a pleasant balance, with fair finish / Smooth, fruity flavors of semisweet chocolate, date, molasses, licorice, coffee / Maybe personal preference, but would like to see a little more body and hopping. A pleasant, if undistinguished, brew.
maxwelldeux (2925) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours a very dark brown with a slight head. Nose is pretty roasty with some elements of dark fruit in there. Taste is a tad bitter, and very slightly harsh. Good brew.
drfabulous (3565) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewery. Creamy porter with distinctive chocolate taste. Yeast may be giving off a very interesting flavor. Really nice overall and well done.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was my first experience with something from Country Boy. Despite being a collaboration with Against the Grain I can tell there are outside influences. I will have to make my way south to Lexington at some point to see what they are like when left to their own devices.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep reddish base looks like the usual baltic porter. Lazy legs crawl like sheets of ice down the side of the sampler. Black licorice, malts, red vines, and a trace of smoke feel like being in a candy store after coming home from a bonfire.
Flavor / Palate - The body is a bit on the light side. It still packs a punch from the first sip. Black raspberries, licorice, and smoke start the party before someone shows up with warm cherry pie. This is a fine beer to cap off a tasting. Again, one point might be enough but it would be a great one.
ContemplateBeer (1407) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Complex aroma of honey, nuts, bittersweet cocoa, sugar cone, resin. Appearance is nearly opaque black with thin bone head. Flavor matches the nose with some additional roasted notes coming into play, perhaps even some fruit here and there. Palate was medium, bubbly and soft. Good, interesting beer.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Light balsamic vinegar and chocolate aroma. Black/brown with small head. Sweet toffee malt and light vinegar flavor. Tart orange peel finish. Surprisingly light with alcohol well hidden. Light but tasty.