BroSpud (1827) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark with nice creamy head and good lacing. Subtle chocolate and cofee flavors with a nice smokiness covering it all. Very drinkable. I like it.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of weak coffee, chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate with a hint of sweetened coffee, roasted malt. Not bad, but a bit thin in flavor and body.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from West Lakeview. Pours like coffee with a frothy cappucino head. Smells predominantly of hops, which I found suprising. Tastes of bittersweet cocoa, additional hops, black tea, rose water, and hazelnut. Quite proper.
after4ever (6577) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. Pours jet black with a toweringly massive, creamy, rocky, pitted head that takes forever to settle and leaves impossibly dense and complex lace on the glass. Whoa. Mild, slightly milk-sour nose. Man, if there’s one stereotype of an english porter that’s pretty much always a turn-off for me, it’s that sour milk thing. Well, two: not big on chalkiness, either. But the Baird shows no chalkiness, so I probably ought to contain my rant. Creamy body, but light--almost waterier than creamy. Roasty, chocolatey, bit of coffee there, and a bunch of sour milk tang in the middle of the mid-palate. Meh. Mild bitterish finish.
JPDIPSO (4993) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a hint of umber shining through when held to the light. Moderate light tan head. Decent lace. Sweeter aromas, with light chocolate, syrup, molasses and lightly roasted malts. LIght sweet roasted malts and oats come in the picture from the first sip. Some bits of honey in the finish. LIght tar in the linger along with a bit of coffee. A easy drinking porter.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany prune. Rocky, tiny-bubbled grayish head shows stellar retention. Glowing aromas of blackcurrants, licorice, smoky molasses, and port-steeped plums. Hints of leather, dark chocolate, creamed coffee, and airy phenols. Feathery soft carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Opens suggestively gritty with roast, yet with a silky-soft and luminous assortment of fruity esters and coffee-toned malt. Slightly nutty as well, with a deceptively firm mineralic snap which keeps the sweetness at bay. No flabbiness, whatsoever, despite the high concentration of dark fruity esters which bolsters the hearty of the beer. Masterful balance between the teasing sugary richness, dense fruit and clean, well-textured malt. Airy phenols enhance the squeaky-clean attenuation by contributing a bit of zip which echoes the crisply defined and skillfully-extracted malt. Closes with an earthy fusion of malt and leather, and a lurking trail of candied dark fruits touched with a bit of iron. Love the traditional approach Bran takes. His beers are very polished, clean, and exquisitely balanced, yet rustic and characterful at the same time. They even look beautiful in the glass and feel wonderful in the mouth. An exceptional porter.
omhper (20759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Baird Naka-Meguro Taproom. Very dark brown, small head. oasty syrupy nose. Sweet and medium bodied. A bit disorganized with tar, molasses and water not being 100% integrated. Later, when chocolate grows in it turns more homogenous and pleasant, and it leaves me with a salty finish and positive memories.
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color where light does shine through
Smells like a chocolate malt--milky, chalky, and of course chocolatey.
Here’s a solid porter. It has a rich body with muted carbonation--creamy and chewy. Strong cocoa flavors, but with enough hop to make it complex. The aftertaste is similar to chocolate milk.
This is a lovely porter if you prefer to have no coffee flavors in this style.
guzzler67 (1554) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky, deep brown appearance with an average size khaki head and very nice lacing. Roasted malt aroma, tweaked with chocolate, coffee and hazelnuts. Bittersweet chocolate taste, moderately hoppy, some dark fruit, some earthiness. Smooth, malty, medium bodied mouthfeel, softly carbonated, leading to a long, lingering finish.
Palidor19 (3051) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
this beer has a bit of tobacco flavor. the malt gives a off a slight cocoa with a rich creamy head. touch strong at the end. very good though.