berrya785 (439) - Kansas, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown/black color with red highlights and a tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and pine. Taste is slightly bitter with pine, some roasted malt, and chocolate. Tastes more like a black IPA than a porter. Very tasty.
jkbachman (179) - - FEB 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark roasted malt aroma: chocolate, coffee, and hazelnut. Burnt coffee and chocolate flavor. Some lingering hop flavor: spicy, floral, and earthy. An interesting expression of a porter.
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Danyel (336) - Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours very dark with tan head. Smells chocolatey, roasty. Tastes rich, malty up front with a great hop finish. Very chocolatey. Really good.
skmikeg (622) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black-brown with a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, floral hops, caramel, coco, coffee, and some citrus hops. Taste is very nice and is of roasted malts, citrus hops, caramel, coco, caramel, coffee, and some nice floral hops. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, semi bitter, yet still somewhat sweet finish. Overall, a very tasty and well balanced beer that almost seems like more of a black IPA then a porter.
RABinVA (996) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Went into this beer just knowing I like Avery and I like porters. Holy crap! Was not expecting the hops, but it’s great! Pours near black with a thin tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is roasty with fresh, grassy hops. Taste is the same. Everything blends very well. Coffee, chocolate, fresh lightly citrus hops. Crisp, very dry finish. Excellent.
zizzybalubba (1258) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. This is completely misclassified as a porter (this bottle even states "A Pioneer Black IPA" in small print). Dark brown cola-like pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of floral and grassy hops balanced with dark chocolate. Really nice combination of dark smoky malts, bitter chocolate, roasted espresso, grapefruit rind, and roses. The bitterness from the hops is quickly undercut by the bitterness from the malt. An impressive amount of flavor for a 6.7% ABV beer. Avery is often underrated but they never disappoint as far as I am concerned.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy chocolate aromas. Chocolate and citrus hop aromas. Overall it’s a very good porter.
Brouwerij (722) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz Bottle. Pours a dark brown with two fingers of fine tan head. Settles to thick, pillowy cap with lots of thin lacing. Aroma is hoppy with dark, roasted malt tones, hints of alcohol, doesn’t smell like a porter. Flavor is hoppy up front, fading smoothly into caramel malt, nutty, slight roasted and cocoa tones. Mildly bitter finish. The flavor profile is mostly dominated by the hoppiness. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and surprisingly smooth finish. A tasty porter, but the hops should be toned done a bit. A pretty good beer, but it loses a bit on the aroma, taste, and overall scores for being so far from a porter.
Carpenter (5) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a firm head that dissapates to a thin lace. Pleasently upfront with Citrus hops vanilla and chocolate coming through as well. Light body with a thin coating. Medium bitter with balanced malty notes. Overall it is enjoyable though for me it doesnt expand the Porter category so much as sit in the Black IPA realm. The hop profile is a little overpowering compared to the balance of malt and is above average in the carbonation department then others in the Porter style Ive had. Though I did enjoy it overall
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[4641-20120809] 12floz bottle. Nutty roasted coffee malt aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy light mocha head. Roasted coffee bean dust malt continues in the flavour. Full body. Interesting, nice overall balance. (7/3+/7/4/14) 3.5