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.
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.
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with red mahogany highlights and a two finger tan head that lasts. A definite dry hopped porter, aromas of chocolate malt, roasted malt, spicy and pine hops, caramel, and a touch of booze. Again, undoubtedly dry hopped with flavors of chocolate, torched wood, caramel, coffee beans, and bitter pine hops. Slightly astringent from the hops and coffee presence, but also from the heavy roasted notes left over on the tongue. Great lacing is left all down my pint glass. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Different, yet extremely good and sessionable.
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
an every day beer that goes with everything and is deliscious on its own. produces a slight foam when poured.
mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an inky black with a thin, tan head that stays. Surprisingly floral aroma for the style - not the expected, roasted nose. More effervescent than the usual porter, with a hopper palette as well. Blurring the line a bit between this style and a black IPA. Interesting.
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HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich dark color, thickness in its taste,Similar to other porters I have had, not my favorite but also not to bad.
steadyj (87) - Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting. Poured a dark porter brown with a one finger head. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Taste is of caramel malts, toast and hops. Caramel hop aroma with a hint of grassy hops. An excellent, well balanced beer.
robzilla (86) - - MAR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First had this in Denver and really liked it, finally found it here. Pours a nearly black with a head that dissipates quickly, nice lacing. Nose is chocolate and some hops. Medium body, I really like this beer I think its a nice blend of styles.
beercamel (84) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours brown with a 2 finger head. The aroma is caramel and malts with a hoppy tinge. There is a floral background and almost smells like a chocolate orange. The flavor has hoppy undertones and mixed in perfect., Never had a dry hopped porter other than this, and this is a great brew.