Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice porter. Nothing fancy, just great execution on a classic style. Right up there with some of my favorite porters like Anchor and Founders porters.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, brown that was basically black in the glass with red highlights and a very small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left barely fair lacing. The aroma contained, moderate coffee, chocolate and roasted malts; light caramel malt; light herbal, almost minty hops; slight citrus hops; slight cherry; tobacco; and sour coffee. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, and slightly sour and bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet sour and bitter with an average duration. There was roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sour coffee, a little cherry, tobacco, dark chocolate, and light hops. The medium body was sort of creamy with fairly soft carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.
Steve_0 (3304) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home courtesy of RABinVA. Thanks buddy! Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big tan head and good lacing. Dark chocolate, molasses, light tobacco, coffee, graham crackers, and light grass in the aroma. Taste is big cocoa nibs, roast, espresso, light oak, a touch of vanilla, earthy, and grassy with a light roasted bitter finish. Medium-to-thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Would have liked to see a little thicker mouthfeel and a little less carbonation, but other than that, a damn solid porter.
chinchill (2924) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black and opaque in the glass but with a fine looking reddish mahogany at the edges. The tan head is small with limited retention, although a partial top coat and ring last on and on, and irregular sticky lacing is left on the sides of my glass.
Aroma: Not strong, but has some depth and complexity,. Caramel and dark roasted malt with hints of dark fruit, coffee and a light touch of spicy hops.
Taste: The flavor amplifies the aromas, especially the coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Meanwhile, the dark fruit is not present, but that’s ok, there’s plenty to enjoy here and some nice dynamics from start to aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Soft, with a near medium body and enough carbonation to add life and make it seem a bit lighter. Only a touch of dryness in the finish.
O; I love some porters and fine others unappealing. This is soooo much better than the 961 Porter that preceded it. Flavorful but very well balanced and not at all challenging. Worth seeking out.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with a nice light tan head that leaves night lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and espresso. Taste is lightly sweet and bitter. A nice balance. Bittersweet chocolate and vanilla with a lingering fresh coffee taste. Very nice.
BillWyce (829) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes: Poured deep brown-to-black with a 1-finger mocha-colored head. Nutty aroma, with a touch of roastiness. Medium body, a touch oily. Flavor is roasty with a nutty note beneath. Solid, not outstanding.
radio_nowhere (1116) - Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle bought in Virginia. Poured into goblet, dark brown with tan head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is sweet chocolate, light coffee, balanced light hop bitterness and some ashiness. Dry finish. Somewhat light yet creamy palate. Pretty solid porter.
downender (6889) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the DoG pub, Williamsburg. Near black with a tight, off-white head. Roasted malts, some dark chocolate and a touch of dark fruit before a dryish finish. Good.
Travlr (15641) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the source. Dark naroon color, tan head. Aroma of coffee grounds. Taste is burnt coffee and sweet caramel.
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured black with little head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was chocolate and dark roasted malts. The flavor was pretty typical English porter with roasted malt flavors and a bitter finish.
jhp40219 (365) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark black with a small light tan head that fades very quickly into basically nothing. Aroma and taste is coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and black liquorice. But aroma is rather faint, and taste is watered down and not very strong at all. Palate is light with a thin texture and average carbonation with a decent, long finish of coffee and chocolate that lingers. Overall this is alright, but nothing special.