Ron (2648) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured very dark brown with very minimal head. Aroma was coffee, vanilla, and hot chocolate. Tasted as expected too, coffee with a touch of vanilla and the hops were not very noticeable. The body was a bit light which was nice.
thornecb (4502) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours deep brown into a snifter. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Sour coffee aromas. Crisp sour vanilla and coffee from front to back. Nasty. Drain pour.
kseecs16 (1207) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Aroma is stale, a bit vegetative. Appears dark brown with a bubbly off-white head. Horrible flavor of red peppers in a porter. No sweet or roasty character at all. Light palate. Disgusting. I hope this was a bad bottle.
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective Porter tasting at Dogbricks on 12/4/08. Pours an opaque medium brown with a thin head. Dank aroma that is malty and a bit tart. Flavor is equally tart with some pepper and a mild roast finish. Not sure what they were going for here, but it gets a WTF from me.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Goodbar beer club. Nose is a big vanilla and chocolate hit, some burnt malt, rum ball, cocoa krispie. Flavor is large vanilla and chocolate hit - like a slightly milkier Rogue Chocolate Stout.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2008
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a pretty light brown for a porter, with a small tan head that fades rather quickly. The nose is very odd, resembling a bean burrito, or refried beans. The roastiness in this beer comes across as a chipotle smokiness. The flavour is slight improvement, but only if you really like Mexican food. I will stop here as I pour this filth down the drain.
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma dominated by cocoa and powdered chocolate. Taste of cocoa powder, chocolate and vanilla roasted beans.
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2008
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective Porter tasting on 12/4/08: The beer is nearly opaque black with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Minimal aroma of vanilla and jalapeno. Thin body with a flavor not unlike a few chili peppers, coffee grounds and vanilla extract blended in a garbage disposal. The finish is weak cardboard and coffee. What happened here.
epf33 (224) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tastes like an average porter cant taste the vanilla or the java very light chocolate notes an average beer
zach8270 (3516) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Black pour with a puffy tan head and great lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and cream. The vanilla smells like good, real vanilla. Not imitation. Flavor is a major letdown. Instead of the wonderfully creamy flavor that I thought I would get from the aroma, instead the flavor tasted like watered down coffee grinds mixed with some burnt malts and a little chocolate. The vanilla had completely disappeared from the flavor and all I tasted was coffee. Not bad, but it was very watery and thin.