raymundo00 (19) - - JUN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cold dark creamy goodness. There is a defining vanilla aftertaste with a smokey caramel flavor upfront.
Pumpkin87 (215) - - JUN 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours opaque dark brown with hint of red, small tan head that goes quickly but leaves some skim.
Nose is coffee, roast malt, roast nuts, biscuit. Palate has vanilla in and out, sometimes coming through as itself, or at least vanilla wafers, and other times creating more of a cocoa effect with the coffee. Nothing objectionable in the flavors, but they don’t always seem to blend well.
Light-medium body, fine for a porter, but there’s a lot of competition in this part of the marketplace.
Marheb (4501) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(En fût à Sport Shotz Detroit Airport): Graham crackers, vanille enrobante, léger chocolat et une finale évanouissante.
Andrew196 (1331) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2016
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark with a flimsy beige head. Plain roast aroma and some pepper. Weird flavor on this guy, some earthy tones, more roast, notes of cola in the end. Like a crisp, watery Guinness. Tastes homebrewish to me.
vtafro (6252) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with light head. Vanilla, roasted, chocolate aromas. Flavors are mostly vanilla, light sweet notes.
JMerritt (1931) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours very dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma of toasted pecans, chocolate syrup, light roasted coffee, and a touch of smoke - all in all, quite pleasant. Roasty flavor up front with faint touches of vanilla. Middle has some slightly stale bread, though the finish is rich with coffee roast. Mouthfeel is a little light, but otherwise I thought this was quite tasty!
zubblwump (37) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark with a quickly dissipating head. Strong chocolate smell. First taste is all coffee, and doesn’t waver much. I didn’t really get vanilla. It felt kind of "thin" for a porter. But it was smooth, with no bitterness. Better than I expected.
jsmerig (1461) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My wife says it looks like mud. It is dark but with a red hue. Strong coffee aroma. The mix with the vanilla actually makes it taste like cocoa. The taste is mildly sweet with a dark finish.
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bth122 (1453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Brown color with medium head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla ice cream sandwich , nuts, roasted malt. Light texture. Lighter bodied porter. Makes it drinkable. Creamy. Dry finish. This is a solid beer.
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thepatrickman (698) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at home. This tastes like a Cream Soda candle. There’s a lot of vanilla flavor kicking around, but it tastes noticeably artificial and not at all pleasant. The porter base is surprisingly bland -- any coffee, chocolate, or roasted notes are muted and fade away really quickly, which only allows the artificial vanilla to come through even more. It tastes cheap.
unnoDey (5) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It seems like it has quite a few flaws, so I would not think that fans of highly-rated porters like the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald would like it. However, it is on the mild side as far as overall flavor, so it is almost like a gateway beer for people who usually don’t like beer or only like shandies. It’s ok as a mild porter.