BillKismet (3165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance is sasparilla brown topped with a root beer float head. Smoky nose, some soot and roasty smoked malt and black patent accents. Sweet smoked meet flavors, beef jerky, molasses and moderately salty body. Definitely not in the same vein of "London-styled porter" as Fullers.
Scrapersnbeer (1252) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Celebrate the 4th with barbeque...beer. Even better, this style is stolen wholesale from the English. Heavy smoke aroma like brown sugar poured on oak briquettes. Thick motor oil feel, and looks it too. Tastes like soy and molasses marinade, only with some hops. Aftertaste is a bit much. This one is good, but not in quantity. Is it just me or are American porters tending towards smoked beers.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not Good at All. Yuck! Vanilla Java Porter by atwater is where it is at.
gws57 (1271) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one bottled, thanks Arnie! Delicious soy sauce and sweet barbeque sauce, finishes strong and quite alcoholic.
Bif (1192) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle- Pours a deep brown color with a decent head that fades slowly to nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malty, coffee some dark chocolate and dark fruits with a hint of smoke. Taste of roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruit. There is a bit of smoke in the background with a nice bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, smooth and creamy with a bit of lingering bitterness aftertaste. No hint of the 7.2% ABV. Nice English Porter that goes down easy. Good for the style.
dfinney23 (1258) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mmm, this is all smoky, malty, hoppy goodness. Hints of chocolate and molasses under heavy char with a mildly bitter finish.
crossovert (5642) - Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask. Warmer and flat. A spectacular porter. Nice fruity yeast tones, rich cocoa abundance, just a world class porter.
superspak (1908) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 12/16/2011. Pours very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, light fruitiness, molasses, biscuit, and herbal hops. Very pleasant and well balanced porter aromas with decent strength. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, molasses, roasted malt, slight dark fruit, cocoa, smokiness, biscuit, earth, and herbal hops. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish, with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, biscuit, caramel, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of flavors that are quite robust, with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Very smooth to drink for 7%. Overall this is a damn nice robust porter. A good amount of very robust flavors and nice balance make this very enjoyable. I would have it again.
RobertDale (2614) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a bit of smoke. Extra nice!
berrya785 (437) - Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2012 Aroma is roast malt and chocolate. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Taste is chocolate malt and coffee. Very good.