rdixon77 (1441) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour. Nose of hops and chocolate. Taste followed with nice balance of roast, citrus, and dark chocolate. Medium body.
RumRunner101 (866) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Burnt malt aroma with some citrusy hops. Body is smooth and kind of creamy. Roasted flavours with a noticeable hop presence through the finish. Good.
JeanDuteau (18) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a nice dark colour and pours with a normal head of reasonably thick foam. The smell and taste was chocolatey with some of the hops coming through in the smell. The dark malt taste was not overpowering and I really appreciated the taste of this beer. You could feel the beer over the entire palate and there were hints of smoke - although I only started to detect this after reading the bottle where it hinted that the beer was trying for this, so it could have been a placebo effect.
I rate this beer fairly high and would look for this as a porter on any pub’s menu.
andrewturba (1163) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Craft beer advent calendar day 2! Pours a clear dark brown with a small beige head leaving bits of lace on the glass. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, rich maltiness, coffee, and toffee. Flavour is cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, mild bitterness, light smoke, mild dark fruit esters and a dry finish. Much better day 2 beer.
Reimer96 (1465) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Day 2 CBAC. Pours a clear brown with a red hue and a small soapy light brown head that leaves good lace. Aroma of chocolate, light sweet vanilla, cocoa, light smoke and latte. Taste roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, raisins and a bit of smokiness. Finishes dry and ashy like a porter should with a medium carbonation.
pintbypint (2836) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz brown bottle from Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Dark brown brew with a thin tan coloured head a a few spots of lacing. Cocoa and roasted malt nose. Taste has dark chocolate malt, caramel and some citrus hops. Finishes with chocolate and big roasted malts. Nice lingering bitterness, lots of cocoa and roast lingering. Lightish body and soft carbonation level. Well done porter.
DuffMan (7624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from my advent calendar, Day 2. Handsome deep clear mahogany hue with a finely carbonated tan head. Aroma is a nice meaty smokiness and raisin sweetness. Strangely, this barely translates to the palate, which is more dominated by sweet dark malts that deliver flavours of raisins and caramel, allowing a hint of smokiness before a dry bitter finish sets in, ending with some lemon peel. Quite nice actually, although I wished the smokiness was a tad more assertive.
slimspady (215) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, thin white ring. Smoke, cocoa. Finish is dry. Very good porter. Day 2 advent calendar 2013
Malbers (18) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Centennial hops are very evident off the nose, but subdued. Piney, and subtle citrus which is not typical of a porter. Definately taking an American spin on the style. Decent malt backborn, carmel, chocolate and roasted coffee, not overly bitter, and fairly thin mouthfeel for a porter. Would be nicer if it was fuller. But overall very drinkable, and tasty.
dresden (1110) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Day 2. Big improvement. Clear, deep brown pour. Aroma is mostly roast mal, some smokiness, some chocolate. Taste is the same with some burnt caramel, some great piney hops and hop bitterness. A bit thin, but I could drink a lot of this.