FirkinA (6) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark molases with a head that almost immediately disappears. Aroma is day old coffee grounds in that depressing tinted filter kind of way. The flavor starts out sweet with strong flavors of Vanilla and coffee but finishes bitter with the nose winning over and coffee grounds filling dancing on the tongue with the strong carbonation. Would enjoy more balance of vanilla and coffee with a stronger coffee rather than ground flavor. Overall average.
gilvanblight (812) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice smokey scent. Very easy to drink. Smells fantastic. Really enjoying the this. The vanilla is mostly in the aftertaste.
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour on tap, dark brownish pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, sweet sugary vanilla, some slight roasted malt into a bit of coffee, slight caramel in there as well. Taste had a mix of caramel, toffee, some cocoa, slight dark fruity notes into a bit of coffee, lots of sweet vanilla comes through, finishing sweet, slightly dry. A bit too artificial.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 10/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, brown bread, vanilla, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee/vanilla spice notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/coffee spice flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid spiced porter style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/coffee spice flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Chudwick (2216) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think I know how they got the name for this beer: coffee, vanilla and the style. A weak porter. I’m sitting here, staring at the beer and thinking what dogs must think when looking at their master who is watching TV instead of doing something obviously more fun. Look at master, look at fun thing, insert facial expression or adumbrations thereof, repeat.
PapaSkeetSkeet (865) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 7, 2014
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Chestnut brown with couple mm of dust-brown head, fine, moderate-to-fast to fade, swirly film remaining. Aroma of perfumy vanilla, frozen corn cakes, Flavor of vanilla, light burnt crust, more corn cake, light grassy bitterness, watery body with moderate, somewhat prickly and hot carbonation. The aroma kills it. Yuck. The dog wouldn’t even drink it.
arn8897 (46) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown with a khaki colored head. Not a whole lot of aroma a little vanilla and chocolate. Taste of coffee and vanilla and chocolate. Thin pallet. Overall decent flavor Porter little above average.
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a cream head. Nose is vanilla, coffee, vanilla extract, and chocolate. Easy palate, vanilla extract, coffee, thin, and an easy finish.
Tessic (906) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This porter poured a deep black colour with a rocky, tan coloured head. Scents include vanilla, caramel and a little coffee. First swig had a little watery mouthfeel but the flavour of vanilla, cocoa, coffee and roast made up for that. Finish is roasty and sweet with roasted vanilla flavours lingering.
stoutgap (32) - Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle to glass,hints of chocolate,vanilla,and malt.Dark brown with small rapidly diminishing head. Slightly sweet, very thin light body , with soft carbonation, with a short dry finish.
bluemooner (640) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a solid dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt and noticeable vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, malt, mild coffee, and vanilla. There is a real cola feel to this with the sweetness and body which is most noticeable on the finish. Very thin body with medium carbonation which is amplified by the lack of depth and body. Very sweet porter. I like the presence of vanilla here but this really feels more like a soda than anything else.