Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Richmond, VA. Pours a deep black color with a creamy, frothy brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, floral hops, roasted malts and nutty notes. Taste is chocolate, leafy, bitter hops, fruity notes, roasted malts, nuts and a bit of a dusty note. Medium bodied.
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brew. When held up to white hot halogen, the beautiful crimson hue shines through. Lovely! Medium-sized khaki head. Creamy, but quickly dissipating. Decent lacing.
The nose indicates a well-hopped beer with notes of flowers and pine along with dark chocolate, espresso and vanilla. Also, a beefy/spicy note of some kind... unidentified, but very nice.
Deeply roasted and malty sweet flavor up front. Moderately bitter with more malty sweetness on the backside.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet, syrupy, chewy finish.
Very good beer. I would have to say that my fellow Ratebeerians are right on the nose with their average ratings regarding this brew.
adnielsen (9814) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ brewery. Pours a dark orange/brown body with a creamy tan/brown head. Piney bitterness in the nose along with some dark malts. Flavor has a piney bitterness element followed a fairly robust chocolate malty body. A good hoppiness and dark malty flavor on the finish.
Earlier Rating: 1/22/2011 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark brown body with a big brown and creamy head. Dark Chocolate malts in the nose that are dominated by an intense piney hopiness. Flavor begins with a piney hoppiness followed by the typical characteristics of a porters- creamy, smooth, dark malty body. Very interesting version that’s quite unique.
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark black color with a huge tan head. Aromas and tastes of roasted coffee with chocolate. Nice an hoppy as well.
Sammy (9249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice head and lace. Chocolate and hops in aroma, hoppy porter. I think less hops would be better, this would be interesting if on tap.
GT2 (9160) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. A deep, black ruby pour yields no head of significance and no lace. Pepper and spice in the nose along with molasses. Taste is olive, cardboard, pepper, chalk. Iron and heavy metals come through. Dominant character is cardboard. I have here in my notes: "Tastes like Wal-Mart receipts soaked in cigarette water." Typical Avery mess.
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as Fuller’s but still a great Porter. Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick light brown head. Thin, spidery lacing throughout. The aroma is roasty with hops and cocoa. Medium-bodied with a nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is roasty and lightly hopped and lasting. I liked this one.
crossovert (8633) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. The description up here is humorous. Dark pour, crea smell is nice, almost strictly burnt roasted malts with a nice caramel, coffee, cocoa, and hop backing. The flavor is nice, lots of peat and cocoa, coffee, hints of melon which is strange but nto upsetting, sharp and dry, nicely robust. Decent porter.
shrubber85 (8492) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chocolate fudge malt and light orange peel aroma. Black-brown with small head. Sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Interesting - pretty hoppy.
3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2009 Beautiful deep brown with a tan head atop. Roasty coffee smells, with a spicy, alcoholic aroma as well. Taste is just about perfect for a nice porter: nice even hop flavor with good roastiness (huh?). Good amount of carbonation, with an overall fullness on the tongue.