StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Joey for hooking me up with this a long time ago. Just getting around to popping it. This is a damn fine porter. Pours a rich and creamy brownish color with a deep purple hue. So dark that light does not penetrate it. Light head, with lots of moving bubbles. Aroma is nice, chocolate and rye bread. Flavor has both chocolate and rye, but much more: hints of toast, raisins, roasted malt, and even milk. Great balance on everything. Palate is exceptional, very rich and creamy. This beer is vastly underrated, and one of the best porter I have drank.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, thanks to IBrew2or3! Pours a translucent dark brown with a lacy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a touch of molasses. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Lightly sweet roasty chocolate taste that eases into a bittersweet chocolate finish.
Ibrew2or3 (8082) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours deep dark brown with lasting tan foam ring. The aroma is roasty and toasty with sweet dark fruity esters of prunes, dates and mild raisins. There is a faint burnt malt aroma hidden in there somewhere. The flavor has big yet smooth burnt maltiness. Then mild dark fruitiness joins in with prunes and dates. As the finish approaches the roasty malts increase in intensity along with a mild malt astringency. This retired beer has aged beautifully.
after4ever (7539) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22--wow, thanks IBrew2or3! Fantastic opportunity to taste a retired delight. Deep opaque mahogany with caramel highlights. Thin but relatively dense grayish head. Huge malty brown bread toasty nose. Nice medium body with soft carb. Light roast and very light bittersweet chocolate on the mid-palate. Long chocolatey finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a very dark brown to black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was sweet and roasty with milk chocolate and soy notes. The aroma was thick. The flavor was smooth and roasty. Semi-sweet with mild chocolate notes. Mildly bitter and semi-dry. Light side of a medium body.
nick76 (4372) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is quite lactic with heavily toasted malt, chocolate, and brown sugar. I’m not really feeling much pumpernickel here maybe a little rye. The appearance is dark brown with a tiny head. The flavor is acidic with all the elements from the aroma plus a tiny bit of pumpernickel but not nearly enough. The palate is thin with a bitter aftertaste. I am not in love with this beer but it’s an interesting novelty beer.
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Labelled ’Coast Range Bagel Beer Pumpernickel Porter’. Pours a very dark ruby-brown with a small diminishing creamy tan head. Aroma is roasty and yeah, you can smell toasted bagels along with nuts and cocoa -- nice! Flavour of roasted malt, coffee, light hops and some chocolate. Light to medium bodied. This is really good, it’s original and very easy to drink.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and biegaman, via trade with Degarth. Deep burnt mahogany colour, slightly hazy, average frothy off-white head. Nutty, carbonized malt aroma, like burnt toast with marmite on it, some bitter rye-like acidity in the finish. The taste is very roasty, baker’s chocolate bitterness seems to dominate for me, a little herbal grain character but not much alcohol presence at all - for something this malty, it has quite a bitter finish. Barely average body, slick, still and lightly astringent/acidic - not a long finish, not much aftertaste, just a unique, tasty and drinkable porter.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Degarth. This is a very interesting beer, and the closest to a kvass I’ve yet had. Aroma is light malted chocolate, lactic sweetness and a touch of roast. A bit of pumpernickel in the flavor complements some of the lactic component. Not really noticing any rye, but it is indeed bready. A solid beer, for sure.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours midnight brown w/ a shallow, semi creamy froth that dissapears quickly. Aromas of roasted cocoa fill the air. Very nice! Medium nectar w/ residual effers that create a hard-water texture. Big roasty flavors w/ plenty of cocoa. Slight bagelesque nuance is quickly forgotten amidst this robust foreground. The finish is bittered perfectly. Not so dry and very enjoyable.