Oelschlaeger (13) - Arkansas, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle very dark. This one was a little too much for me. Too much going on at once. Very complex but almost overdone. A little hoppy in my opinion for a porter. Overall decent and drinkable but nothing special.
wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to matta for talking me into ordering this for the store. Here’s the deal, I dig porters. I dig hops. This brew serves up both in spades. Huge mouthful of beer right from the get go. Rich roasted chocolate and coffee notes combined with a maltiness not too sweet for a porter. Finish is all hops, obviously benefitting from aggressive dry hopping. Now this is the conundrum, I think I like these two great qualities separate from one another. A big rich, malty porter on one hand and a bold crisp imperial IPA on the other. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but.......Am I making sense?
fuguestout1 (10) - Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dry-hopped "porter" is an outstanding alternative for people who need a little more hop in their beer. Burnt malts give out a bit of chocolate and mild fruit that balance nicely with the hop and coffee flavors. An interesting and well balanced offering from Avery. It will be a new standard for me when available.
Skycast (7) - Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2006 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It has a nice dark brown coloring and a somewhat frothy and bubbly light brown head. The aroma starts off with a mild coffee-like flavor and finishes with a hint of chocolate. Suprisingly, the hops smell is very noticable for a porter, quite inviting indeed.
Upon first taste a slight roasty flavor hits your tongue; after swallowing the coffee-ish flavor from the smell hits the back of your throat. The carbonation level is lively while not being overbearing the the body is creamy and a little on the light side for a porter.
Overall, a nice beer to drink on a cool crisp day.
rmeinert (7) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2007 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Liquor Mart and also draught at the brewery
Pour: a very very dark amber with a thick tan head that quickly develops a pockmarked surface. Nose: Strangely enough it has a strong smell of belgian yeast followed by a nice aroma of chocolate malt. Palate: again Belgian yeast is present, this time followed by a sour roasted malt flavor. Finish: nutty with a slight burn in the back of the throat that reminds you of this beer’s considerable abv.
Pour: about the same as in the bottle but the head doesn’t last as long. Nose: This version smells much hoppier and almost makes you doubt that it will taste like anything even resembling a porter. Palate: The dry hopping is a very interesting addition. you get the noraml roasted maltiness you would expect from a porter but with an additional hop bitterness. Sort of like a cup of coffee with hop pellets sitting at the bottom. Finish: Basicaly the same as the bottle but with less alcoholic burn.
Overall: I greatly preferred the druaght at the brewery but both versions are exceptional beers and are worth a try. This seems to be a recurring theme with avery bers though, their bottles are very unlike their kegs but both are normally quite good.
Wormwood13 (6) - Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2009 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This porter had chicory on the nose. Poured a really nice thick head, about two fingers tall that stuck to the glass all the way down. Color was a deep, dark brown. Hoppy, and robust with a taste that hits your mouth with coffee and finishes with bittersweet baker’s chocolate.
fslo413 (6) - st. louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep dark brown, almost black pour with nice creamy head. strong roast and carmel aroma. roasty, malty flavor with a unique bitter finish. bitter roast lingers on your tongue. high quality porter.
kmbrewmaster (6) - - MAY 17, 2013 does not count
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A bit hoppy for a porter, which was good for to offset 6.7% rate. A bit smokie as well.
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
guild (4) - , Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a delicious porter, the hoppy finish is very resemblant of an imperial stout. Very well balanced. It should be called an imperial porter