Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Arbor, and served at an appropriate temperature! Deep opaque brown body, medium-thick creamy tan head. Rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and molasses, with a lactose-like sweetness. Creamy, soft body with a medley of toast, roasted malts, milk chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, and unfermented sugars. Smooth and complex. One of the better porters I’ve tried, and perhaps the most quaffable.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at brewpub. Deep dark murky browm, with a long sustaining heavy head of coffee. Deep cream and chocolate aroma, with a hint of cherries. Thin bodied! Majorly dissapointing. Body of the beer carries no flavor! Watery. Creamy chocolate and roasted chicory come through on the aftertaste, but the original impression is week. Not high in my book.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky and jiggly black in color, and mostly opaque with some lightening when put to light. Dark, deep khaki brown head. Aroma persists with melted semi-sweet chocolate morsels, brown sugar, caramel, Brown Cows and Hershey syrup. Subtle flavor with expressive bitter milk chocolate streaming into the palate’s domain. Souring Tollhouse morsels basking in a pool of whole milk. Medium-to-full bodied with a substantive liquid pool to encompass the playing field. Gentle chocolate milk finish. One of their better beers.
UnsofistaCat (230) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2009 I loved it. Had it on cask at the brewery. Beautiful tan head. Rich roasted flavor and caramel. I should of taken more notes. Excellent.
re rate 2008 A tad thinner and the finsih was just a tad weaker. Still great though.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty, cocoa-like aroma with some suggestions of smoke and dark fruit. Opaque darkest brown body topped by a wispy tan head that lasts well. Dark fruit flavours with strong charred roastiness and light notes of alcohol. Medium body with creamy smooth texture and perfectly fitting low carbonation. Sampled on cask at the brewpub.
Tmoney99 (9984) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Arbor Brewing. Dark brown hue with a light brown head that diminished slowly. Complex good aroma of chocolate, smoke and sweet. Full body with creamy fuzzy texture. Good porter flavor with a long smooth finish.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown lasting head covers the very dark body, even for a porter. Smooth and smoky nose displays a plethora of dark malts in profusion. Highly roasty, it feels very stoutish in that sense. Smooth cask feel comes close to a 5 for mouthfeel, the finish lingers and carry on the strong, yet gentle and accessible roastiness. Slightly tart, kinda fruity (cherries), this doesn,t detract the other flavors and in fact contributes to the complexity and benefit the overall experience. Whiskeyish mild alcohol presence would have been out of place in most other porters, but feel right here. This is good stuff.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on cask @ Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. How coincidental that I find a beer called Milestone and sample it for a true milestone, rating # 1000. Black color with brown highlights. Aromatically goes where I never thought a porter could possibly go. The softest fudge, with cocoa, raisins, chocolate and coffee, truly deserving a perfect score for aroma. Layers of decadence upon tasting with the full and creamy body only intensifying the beautiful range of malt flavors. Chocolate, espresso and raisins were just the beginning. Want to taste a world class porter? Travel to Ann Arbor. It’s that simple. The best porter I’ve ever tasted. One that should inspire all others.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Faintish aroma. Opaque body. Small brown ring of head. No head otherwise or lace. Lactose flavor. Ok. Just a sour lactose aftertaste. Perhaps better when it is colder. But this was the last of a 10 beer sampler and it had been sitting for over an hour.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark but not quite opaque black body with a creamy tan head. Nutty roasted malt choco-coffe aroma. THe flavor is big choco-coffee, light to medium citurs hop bitterness. The coplexity opens up more as it warms, light smoke and espresso. The palate is very much like that of espresso. Noce stuff.