DocLock (9243) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Onxy pour with minimal khaki head. Aroma of chocoff, roasty dark malt, molasses, hazelnut, ovaltine. Tastes smoky roasty malty, with chocoff, almond, and some fruit and mild hop notes. Complex and very well balanced, this is a top notch porter.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at HDG. Dark black beer with a thin off-white head. Fantastic aroma, deep bitter coffee aroma, dark molasses, toast malt and hint of caramel coated plums and dark chocolate. LIngering herbal hop flavour throughout the sweet chewy malts. Lingering chocolate and soft roastiness. Well done.
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Royale. Pours a deep, dark brown with a very small khaki head. Looks the part. The aroma smells the part, too- roasted malts, chocolate, wood, earth, and toast. The flavor is just like that, with nice earthy, malty, chocolate, and coffee notes. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel. Very faithful take on a traditional English porter, albeit with just a bit more alcohol. I liked this one.
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 What a rich and sweet smoky aroma full of smoked plums, grapes, tar, licorice and dark roast coffee. Very refreshing and sweet black flavor, coating the mouth with a thick oilfull of roasted fruits, smoked meats and grains and finishing off with a malty-sweet coating. A very fine porter.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 The Lure:
Dry roastiness and dark chocolate frown at the grainy, rice-like personas hanging in the back. Raisins and figs try to shift their attention, but fail after a while.
Roasted malt gives bitterness and flavor to coat the dark chocolate, as smoke slowly rises in the background. Body and flavor intensity are satisfying throughout. Well-done no doubt, but nothing special was in my bottle. After a few bottles now, I’m not sure this ages or travels well. Some have been decent but boring, some have been very good, others unpleasant in the nose, but highly pleasurable once tasted.
A hard-working employee obviously deserves a reputation for reliability.
marcus (8598) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Artusory. This dark brown ale poured with a rich creamy tan head, with a chocolate malt aroma. The chocolate does, indeed, dominate the flavor, but it complements the nice smoky porter base. There is a chalky, slightly bitter finish that lingers pleasantly on the palate.
alexsdad06 (8166) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is dark chocolate, light roasted malts, light darker fruits, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is much of the same: dark chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of smoke, mildly sweet caramel. Medium bodied with good mouthfeel. This is a very solid porter.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[407-20070707] Bottle (c/o DuctTape). Chocolate aroma. Dark brown black body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Flavour continues chocolate malt with some coffee. Pretty smooth full body. Very nice chocolatey brew.
douglas88 (7961) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a pure black color with a medium light brown head. The aroma is nice; massive milky chocolate, light fruit, light coffee and smoke. A great flavor; dark fruit, metallic roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, smooth and full. Great! Fruity, smoky and heavily roasted. Yet, very easy to drink.
b3shine (7656) - Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at Arcadia in Kalamazoo. Looks good; a lightly translucent very dark amberish brown with very light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; dark malt and dark chocolate with light notes of coffee and smoke, and a touch of caramel. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable.