tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely excellent porter. Extremely complex, strong, and tasty. Great smoky roasted flavor.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Arbor Brewing Company’s porter on cask is absolutely terrific. Very bold with strong roasted malt overtones. Beautiful maltiness and some alcohol warmth. A great beer for cold Michigan winters. Ask for a taster which the staff will happily deliver.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, 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.
TAR (2597) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cask-conditioned: Deep walnut. Puttylike mocha foam with wonderful lacework. Delicate, but immensely complex, aroma emits coffee, caramel, and roasted barley. Slightly airy, as well, with subtle notes of anise, cookie dough, and earthy hops. Creamy, silky carbonation. Soothingly malty fusion of leather and chocolate. Gritty baker’s chocolate texture is kissed with roasted malt, vanilla, and caramel. Forceful fudgelike thickness strengthens the body as a dried plum twang slowly creeps in. Finishes lengthy and intense with chalky, highly kilned malts interwoven with caramel and coffee. Highly impressive.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RERATE - The more time passes from my years in Ann Arbor, the more my appreciation for ABC grows. Absences and fonder hearts and all that. But this revisitation isn’t all nostalgia. I do believe that this is now a better made beer, or at least I have a better informed palate. The rich, hearty complexity of this thing takes no prisoners. It’s a loud, cheerfully roasty porter that calls to mind a good oak fire in autumn and rich well doctored Irish coffee. Original rating 8/14/2001 (3.8) Strong, even for a porter, with a heavy roasted flavor.
UnsofistaCat (240) - 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.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Deep black color. No head, could be sitting to long in a pitcher. Very rich malty aroma. Smooth, like silk. Very rich in malty taste. Hop balance is present. Really a fine porter!!!!
joshwoodward (575) - - JUN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a glass on tap at the brewpub. So good, smooth, creamy, light, refreshing.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MBG. Dark ruby color with a medium lasting tan head. Strong bitter roasted malt aroma with a vinous quality. Stout like qualities in taste( coffeeish) portlike, with a body like a porter. Nice.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handpull at the brewery: Thick creamy head. I would say this porter is somewhere in the middle third of sweetness. A little bit more so on the roasty side. The first beer I’ve had from this brewery, but certainly not the last.