FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with an almost four-finger thick, creamy-chocolate brown colored head that sits atop a blackened brown colored brew. The aroma is thick with dark malt aromatics; notes of dark chocolate, blackened malt sugars, toasted malt, lightly roasted coffee beans, some notes similar to burnt malt husks, and heavily toasted crusty bread are all quite prominent. The aroma really has a rich, dark malt character to it that is a mix of roast notes and rich, dark malt sugars; it is quite nice, if perhaps a little simplistic in its focus on dark malt driven aromatics.
Pretty well carbonated, though not overly so, it fizzes a bit as it first hits my tongue. It is not quite as rich as the aroma might suggest, but it is still a bit chewier than one might expect from your typical Porter. The finish has some lingering notes reminiscent of bitter espresso and roast grain husks. A solid malt sweetness is here, but is quite hidden by all of the roast flavors. Tastes something like a coffee, thickened with cream, but without the milk flavors, that has some solid dark chocolate flavors and is lightly sweetened by dark, but not quite burnt caramelized sugar. This really is a chewy, rich Porter and it is quite enjoyable. At times it seems there might be a touch of vegetal like flavor in the finish, though it is only noticeable at times
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Chocolate/cocoa, good roastiness. Otherwise clean, very nice and very appropriate for style.
Appearance: Pretty much opaque, lowe head retention.
Flavor: Soft chocolate and roast notes, with a good solid sweet malt base. Toffee in the finish. Very smooth, nice for style.
Palate: Silky smooth, luscious sweetish malt finish. Very nice. Medium bodied.
Overall: Very good porter, solid dark malt character and great mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Black color with faint brown head. Slightly sweet with a roasted coffee flavor.
JK (5665) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Fizzy. There was light coffee and some roasted character. Well balanced. Flavor had just a little sweetness. Medium palate.
badgerben (4854) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2007. Black color with no head. A little coffee aroma. Solid malt body with lots of bitter coffee, but not so much that it overwhelms the beer. Unexpected and nice.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks again Immy and maniac! this stuff looks fantastic. black....really black no light getting through except a tiny bit on the extreme edges. tight khaki head that lasts forever. smooth creamed out coffee aroma. bittersweet mocha flavor with hints of vanilla and brown sugar. dry bitter nutty coffee finish. medium body. creamy carbonation. very well done. Yet another fantastic surprise from Virginia.
Pailhead (6386) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: The aroma has lots of black licorice, chocolate, and roasted malts. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with a combination of chocolate and black licorice and finishes with some light roasted coffee.
kramer (5801) - 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 (3803) - 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.