benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice porter. Deep malt flavor with a hint of hops on the finish. Also get a little dark chocolate in there too.
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. Pours the color of dark roasted coffee or mahogany. Good head with lasting lacing. Hoppy aroma with some cedar shavings, chocolate, and a hint of pine. Very hoppy flavor for a porter but that is expected coming from Avery hints of smoke and baking chocolate. Overall a nice porter that is overly rich and thick the focus is clearly on the hop character.
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose: Passionfruit, Blood grape.
Mouthfeel: Soft and full.
Flavor: Burnt, licorice, smokey, hoppy aftertaste. Not balanced, but has nice elements.
timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Eddie’s Roadhouse. Brown-black in color with a tan mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate with a hint of hops. Flavor was similar to the smell with a fairly strong taste of black licorice. Mouth feel was pretty smooth, medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Overall a drinkable enjoyable porter.
Kands (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mixed emotions on this beer. Difficult to rate . . .
Appearance: (12 oz bottle) Poured a dark mahogany with nice ruby-red tones. Very nice tan head with very good retention and lacing.
Aroma: Hops. Piney. After that some chocolate, but mostly burnt coffee.
Taste: Initially very harsh, with pine and bitter, burnt coffee predominating. After about 15 minutes this brew smoothed tremendously and chocolate and nuttiness were no longer smothered by the burnt coffee taste.
Palate: Very good. Rich, without feeling overly heavy, and nicely carbonated. The hops did leave a somewhat unpleasant, thick, resiny aftertaste on the tongue.
Overall: This is a tough beer to rate because it was like two beers in one bottle: When we first opened the bottle, we were somewhat taken aback by the strong hop aroma (because it’s dry-hopped, which we didn’t know when we purchased it.) More importantly, when we took the first drink we didn’t like it at all -- the taste of burnt coffee (not in a good way, but like coffee that’s sat in the pot until 95% of the water has evaporated) was far and away overpowering and unpleasant. It was very harsh and bitter -- like cleaning out a coffee pot and mixing in last year’s Christmas tree. But, we kept at it, and were rewarded in that after sitting for a while (15-20 minutes, at least) it tasted like a completely different beer. It was much smoother -- the harshness leveled out and sweeter tones of the malt worked well with the hopping to create a pretty tasty brew. So, we chose to rate it more on the final properties than the starting properties. If we’d gone the other way, the rating would have been in the low 2’s, at best. It’s definitely different, and we’ll probably try it again now that we know it needs a good long sit before drinking. Although we wouldn’t recommend it as something you’d certainly enjoy (we’re still not sure whether we did or not), we would definitely recommend trying it.
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice porter, a bit astringent with the hops. Not my favorite by any means but it says what it is and should be commended for not hyping itself otherwise.
t8dd (40) - Mascoutah, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. From the label: "a pioneer black IPA." Exactly. Poured dark brown/black with a moderate foamy head. Aroma is all hops with slight alcohol heat. One of the more hop forward black IPAs I've had. Taste is pine and citrus with subtle roast character. Finishes slightly bitter with resinous hop aftertaste. Really good.
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ericcassidy (38) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very hoppy, and quite refreshing. it has a nice, full body, but doesn’t pucker you up. I dig it.
Underdogs88 (37) - 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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rcubed (35) - Vista, California, USA - AUG 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance - Poured a huge pillowy 2 finger Khaki colored head. Dark mahogany color with deep ruby red around the edges. Leaves some fantastic lacing on the glass.
Aroma - What’s that? They dry-hopped it? Yep, you get floral/grassy hops on the nose along with your typical roasted malt . There’s some chocolate as well.
Taste - Some bitterness up from, from the Columbus hops mixed with dark chocolate notes. Midway through roasted and caramel characteristics push through and carry the flavor home with a slight kick from the hops. The finish is very smooth with a chocolately caramel taste lingering in your mouth with some of the bitterness from the hops. No alcohol presence whatsoever. As it warms up, not only do the malt characteristics increase but so does the hop presence.
Its name is very fitting as this is truly an American style of robust porter. The use of the higher AA% Columbus is definitely not typical in a porter although they are using Fuggle as well (I wish I knew what they were dry-hopping with). With a higher ABV the increased hop presence helps tame the sweetness of it. Excellent chocolate and caramel notes. A smooth drinking beer with high drinkability.