rondphoto (1900) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ Arnold’s / Cincinnati OH --- Opaque dark brown with a 2" frothy head (milk mustache anyone?), complete cover of mottled lace. Taste is sweet roasted malt that moves smartly, but easily, through the palate to a finish in which the roast is strong enough to provide a bittering balance. A hint of chocolate is in there somewhere, as well as some toffee. A really solid, big tasting porter. High recommendations.
Chudwick (2082) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at Arnold’s. Nose is nitro. Sip is roasty and watery. A porter for sure but light. Decent chocolate bitterness to eclipse my tobacco breath.
phaleslu (6349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft served in a pint glass at Arnold’s. I have no idea how I’ve never gotten around to this one, as many times as I end up at this bar. Anyway, this one pours a coffee brown color with a small beige ring for a head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, cola, some spice, nuts, and a bit of anise. Flavor of coffee, earth, sugar, anise, dark chocolate, and even some hop bitterness. Light-medium bodied, with light to moderate carbonation and a roasty mouthfeel. Good porter that I feel should be a little bit better for this bar.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
7/31/2013: Moerlein Arnold’s 1861 Porter - This beer is pretty much just as the commercial description says, "Opaque brown color, firm but pleasant malty aroma with definite licorice notes, moderate tan head, moderate to strong (but smooth) malty flavor with licorice and rock candy elements." Well, I’d say that the color is a bit darker than brown. It’s opaque and the thin, beige head doesn’t stick around long. There are suggestions of chocolate and roast throughout, but it’s mostly sweet licorice that dominates. This beer is smooth and mildly carbonated making it seem a touch syrupy, although it lacks an overly thick body. Overall, the flavor is good and the beer is very drinkable, but I’d say it’s a bit sweet for my taste for the style.
Draught (pint) at Arnold’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #4 for this beer.
garrison (767) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank on tap at "Arnold’s" - This is a fine porter, dark brown hued at malty, with a thick tan head of foam... serve me another, Becky!
Tmoney99 (10554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Arnold’s. Poured hazy dark brown hue with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Flavor was moderate toasted balanced bittersweet with an average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Arnold’s at cask tapping party on May 19, 2011. Opaque brown color, firm but pleasant malty aroma with definite licorice notes, moderate tan head, moderate to strong (but smooth) malty flavor with licorice and rock candy elements. This beer is made exclusively for Arnolds by Christain Moerlein. Wish it were more widely available--it’s the best CM beer yet, IMHO>