ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a creamy, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Aroma of roasted malts, hunks of baker’s chocolate, and maybe, just maybe a little hint of licorice.
Taste: Roasted maltiness with the flavor of dark, unsweetened chocolate. Not really much hop character at any point. Finishes roasty and chocolatey.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft, spritzy carbonation.
Drinkability: Not bad at all, it really started to grow on me more and more towards the end.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at brewpub. Pour is a very dark ruby with a light tan head. I can’t say much about the aroma. I have difficulty picking out the aroma of beers in restaurant/bars. I did notice some cocoa though. The taste of of cocoa, oatmeal, coffee, and some roasty notes. The finish made the cocoa burst a little more. This was decent.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown, with a medium, foamy light brown head. A light chocolate aroma fills the air, with some dark malts and extremely light roasty smells as well. The flavor was pretty big on the roast, some dark chocolate, with a full bodied palate. Pretty good porter, nice flavor, with pretty much no bitterness in the aftertaste. More chocolatey than anything, which is fine by me.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with tight light beige head. The aroma is caramelly with some ashy notes. The flavor is creamy with some caramel and some charcoal notes. The finish is sweet, with some charred notes lingering in the aftertaste. Drinkable.
nearbeer (3428) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 Draft at pub. Opaque brown-black with a lasting head and nice lace. Cocoa, charred wood and espresso on the nose. Flavors of peppery oak, cocoa, molasses and some sourish notes as well. Light-medium body is chuggably watery and smoothly carbonated. Very true to the style. Rerated with a bomber bottle, upgraded from 3.6 to 3.7. Very nice inexpensive porter, similar to Sierra Nevada, but thinner.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Date: 01/25/2002
black, thin tan head, roasted chocolate aroma, smooth body, rich chocolate flavor, no bitterness
ditto, picking up a house tartness
Source: downtown brewery
Score: iii to ii+
a geat rich chocolate porter, no house tartness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
emacgee (3874) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Summertime Brews Festival. Dark brown, a tad transparent. Not dark enough to be goon against the standard. The head was tan. The aroma was sweet, had some chocolate and caramel. Pretty much sweet single dimensional sweet. Good porter, nice to have at the festival.
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown, nice fluffy head. Clean, crisp, toasty aromas, smooth palate, coffee flavors and a dryish finish. Perhaps a touch of honey? Sampled at 2007 Hickory Hops.
Earlier Rating: 11/1/2004 Total Score: 3.3
Reddish Brown, thin tan head. Pronounced burnt toast aroma. Rich mouthfeel, maybe too much so - actually feels a little "fat", if you know what I mean. Coffee, earthy flavors, and then a watery finish. Some nice strong points, but doen’t fit together well. Sampled at 2004 Asheville Brewgrass Festival.
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ninja Porter (formerly Rook Porter)-on tap-pours a tan head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate. Taste is dark malt-chocolate, coffee, faint hops. Minimum carbonation.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at the pub. good solid black pour, they changed the name to Ninja Porter, I guess to change up the marketing schematic. a good house porter.