caresville (106) - Vernon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2009
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
ehhh, didnt like this one too much. heard some good stuff but, didnt live up to the hype. aroma is very nice. roasty and smokey with subtle hints of cocoa and coffee. tastes like a very bitter chocolate bar that was carefully placed in a pine tree in the woods for a year. aka bitter and way piney. also didnt taste the caramel and maltiness like in most other reviews of this beer. to each his own i suppose, not for me though.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This dark, clear amber has a really smooth, full bitterness. It starts very hoppy, but then virtually dies in my mouth. In between is a really refreshing moment. I'd say this porter has an amazing palate, but falls a little short on flavor. Still...recommended.
mfrato (103) - - JUL 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Hoppy and roasted malts. Very good beer that hides its somewhat high abv very well.
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. I love this brewery. This is a solid porter. Malty chocolate aromas with a solid heavy finish. If you like this style and anything else that this brewery makes give it a shot.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark in color with a nice brown head. Wow great nose,that of soft roasted grain and light hop. Taste is great! Very layered first you get a nice dark malt, followed with a slight caramel taste,and finally hops. Full bodied and one of the better porters i’ve ever had.
Snot19kilo (103) - Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours light brown. with a thick tan head . ok lacing. Nose was roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor was much the same with a little earthy thing and some caramel. Finish was thick. low carbonation. some metallic follow through. ok for a porter.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with garnet hues to the boundaries. Head is thick, stiff, and persistent.
Smells slightly sweet with heavy notes of espresso. Almost like a deep roast coffee with sugar. Smells above average but too simple to reach higher levels.
This beer tastes great up front with bitter dark chocolate, strong deep dark roast coffee, but slows up in the middle and then finishes clean and bitter like a quality coffee would.
Mouthfeel is outstanding and befitting the style. Thicker than your average ale but not on par with what a stout should feel like.
Drinkability is high and I recommend drinking this at a little over 50 degrees F.
TheLeadDog (101) - Kent, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good Porter. Dark and rich. Roasted malt and carmel flavors come through nice and strong. Coffee and bread taste next then a great almost dry finish. A winner.
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botltle. Pours deep dark brown with a medium dark brown head. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy, some citrus/resin. The flavor is malty with hints of chocolate and some espresso but hops are the star here. I was surprised at the complexity of this porter. The hops come through clean and citrusy. The combination gives this porter a bitter finish. The mouth feel is medium and has some bight. Nice.
craven5000 (99) - Westville, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark caramel pour. Easy tan head that slowly dwindled. Dark body with noticeable red hints. Slightly sweet for a second before the bitterness and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee came through. The bitterness was long lasting. Medium mouth feel.