kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, Well’s Discount Liquors. Pours a very dark brown body with some light passing thru the edges under a brown head that left some sticky lacing. Good amount of yeast in the bottle. Nice robust aroma, lots of chocolate, roast, coffee, dry chalky yeast, and some roasted peanuts. Flavor is very roasty with a dry and chalky finish. Coffee, burnt malt, yeast, and still those roasted peanuts rounds out the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the bottle conditioning really yielded a nice soft rounded texture though the carbonation was a little too active. This was pretty good, though I really wish the carbonation were a little more pleasant.
Headbanger (3536) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle courtesy of MJ-A black body with a hige tan head and an aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste of coffee, lots of chocolate. Great tasting porter.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strongly bitter, but the creamy palate and subtle vanilla notes help give it a more rounded, softer feel. As far as porters go, this one isn’t quite head of the class, but really well made.
jefcon (1505) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chocolate and mocha aromas from this off-brown brew. Astringent finish is short and biting. Hops on th nose moreso than the palate.
hopscotch (10083) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Very dark ale with a big, frothy-creamy, tan head. Incredible retention. The nose is a churning eddy of milk chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar with distinct, accentuating notes of buttery diacetyl and black cherries... maybe a hint of oxidation. Lots of chocolate and light roast coffee in the flavor with more than medium, but less than heavy, bitterness... they’re not bashful with the hops. Mild acidity. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, tongue-numbing (like a local anesthetic), bitter finish. Props to kmweaver for providing this bottle as a "bonus beer" in a recent trade!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with a medium, light tan head. Kind of inviting looking. Smells of some nice roast, a little smoke, some light chocolate, and even a small hop aroma as well. Very creamy on the palate, a touch bitter, and very roasty. Pretty thick and rich mouthfeel actually, which kind of surprised me a little. Nice body to it. The finish is slightly dry, and leaves a pleasant mild dark chocolate aftertaste. Very nice.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, opaque brown/black with a quickly fading head. Mocha, light smoke and light sourness in the nose. Flavor is bold and flavorful; notes of chocolate, caramel, ample roastiness and a light tinge of raisin. Medium bodied but I found it to be overcarbonated which kept me from enjoying it as much as I wanted to. Still solid stuff overall, though.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown body with tan cover. The aroma is roast, cola, light cherry and raisin. The flavor is roast, brown sugar, caramel and prunes. Medium body is soft, but a tad thin. Still a really nice session porter.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with mj. Opaque black in color with nice dark tan head. Swirling leaves head evenly around the glass, which takes its time returning to the beer. Nutty roasted biscuity aromas present along with a good deal of coffee. The flavor is modestly rich, being neither too acidic nor too roasty. Nice and chocolately in the middle, with the finish being dry and having pleasant coffee flavors.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big cavernous bubbles and small compact ones intermingle and form a pretty foamy and somewhat creamy dark tan topper. Slowly and nearly fully diminishing, the head leaves lacing that looks sticky and nearly fully covers the glass. Body is a glimmering super deep shade of cherry wood, not quite opaque. Lovely appearance. In the aroma, caramel and vanilla notes break up the monotony of typical chocolate and roasted grain notes that summarily identify similar beers as porters or stouts. Fresh, lively hops are oddly cohesive with abundant coffee. A simple and elegant, seemingly well constructed porter, as far as the nose would indicate. Flavor has medium-high bitterness, moderate to heavy astringency; both of which heighten the hop oil penetration and signifigantly dry the palate. Low sweetness. Mouthfeel is at first very creamy, then lively carbonation breaks in. Body is medium to medium-full, goes down semi-smooth. Finishes very dry and roasty, with big coffee and light bittersweet chocolate notes lingering. A few sips into this, a pleasant liquor taste develops in the corners of my mouth and on the back of my tongue, nice touch, quite different. Very good.