ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I was eagerly waiting to try this one so my expectations were high. Missed the mark for a porter. But if it was a hippy brown ale, very nice.
bubbleflubber (1746) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A combo between a Porter and Black IPA? Letís see. Pours a deep oily mahogany with a tan head that reduces to thin lacing. The nose is of chocolate and floral... nice. Upfront there are chocolates, caramel and light vinous notes, before quickly bitter backings set it. The mouthfeel is medium-round in body, substantial and complex. Iím not sure I would classify this so much a porter as indeed a Black IPA. Some vinous and cocoa in there, but the hops are predominant, especially as the brew warms. Decent..... interesting, but decent.
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at Bukowskiís. Deep black pour with a nice tan head, that lasts a while and leaves great thick lacing. Lots of coffee and roast in the aroma, smells warm and enticing. Some nice earthy hops too, which is a pleasant surprise. Taste leaves a bit to be desired - initial light chocolate quickly gives way to an astringent roasted barley bitterness. Quite dry finish, very dry in fact, and leaves a somewhat unpleasant bitterness on the palate. Interesting and complex, with some great elements to it, but overall Iím not impressed.
madvike (2658) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours black with a foamy tan head. Nose is piney hops mingling with chocolate, dark roast, and some coffee. Pretty juicy hops coming through. Taste is balanced between the porter and hops--really this is hoppier than some black IPAs Iíve had. Lots of chocolate, medium-dark roast, and hints of coffee grounds. Medium-thin body with fluffy carbonation. Excellent stuff.
njnut (200) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I did not read any description about this before I drank it so I was suprised from the start. I poured from bottle to snifter glass. Pours black but with a brown tinge to it. Head thin and moca in color. Poured lighter or thiner than I was expecting. The aroma was a shocker, it was hoppy, the hops stood out in front of chocolate. A swirl brought out more chocolate aroma. The taste was also hoppy with a chocolate, roasted malt flavor that grew more chocolate in the finish with the hops lingering. Bitter at the tail end with the alcohol coming in late. A interesting brew for sure I never had a porter like this, very enjoyable. I was glad I got a six and not a single here. This would be a great summer porter for those who donít like to lighten to much.
Underdogs88 (67) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is full of hops and chocolate notes. Clear dark brown appearance with a long lasting tan head and great lacing. The flavor is hop forward with a smooth malty roast taste. Medium-high bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium carbonation. Overall, a great robust porter with a smooth bitterness. I would drink this again.
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JHeath99 (786) - - FEB 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap from Lazy Dog. Pours dark brown with very slight tan head. Aroma of citrus (?) and roasted malts. Taste pretty much the same as the aroma.
woodychevy (326) - - FEB 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a half pour at Bohemian Bull with Dad. For some reason I always think I donít like what Avery has going on, but this one may change my mind. Pours dark black- pretty opaque. Nice head that dissapates steadily. All the good porter flavors are there with interest in the finish from the hops. Not overly hoppy, but well balanced. Pretty full mouthfeel- a big porter for Charleston, but perhaps not so much in Boulder.
ebone1988 (203) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is hoppy, pine, sweet citrus, then malty, coffee, porter scent. Appearance is a very dark brown, close to black, not much head. Taste is complex, mostly porter flavors but finishes hoppy. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would hope but not too thin. Overall, this is an interesting take on a porter that everyone porter fan should experience.
BrettTaylor (451) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle in cellar at 52F. Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger khaki head. Aroma - the dry hopping is readily apparent on the nose giving a nice resin note on top of the traditional malt, chocolate, and coffee notes typical in porters. There is also notes of roasted nuts underneath. Tastes - there is quite a bit of black malt notes, coffee, and lingering roasted nuts. Thereís some resiny hop bitterness in the middle. There isnít a lot of chocolate flavor coming through. Profile is a bit more like a stout than a porter for me. Due to the lack of chocolate in aroma or taste. Carbonation is spiky on the tongue. Finish is pretty long and mildly astringent.