Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Bottle, batch #6844. Pour was a deep, hazy mahogany with a well-retained layer of beige head... unexpected large amount of sediment floatin’ around in there (settled to about 1/8" at the bottom). Aroma picked up heaps of dark chocolate, some biscuits, mild coffee, and other dark maltage. Flavors followed suit, but there was an odd hint of sourness and a weird yeasty aftertaste. Smooth, yet rather light on the palate... with bitter and sour notes at the finish. Seemed a bit off.. I’ll have to try another. 7_6_3_3_12
Take 2, Batch #7784. Poured ruby-tinted brown with a tall, well-retained cap of creamy beige head. The aroma picked up dusty, dried cocoa and coffee, with a medium roast to it.. very dry with a cool flaked bread "texture" to the nose.. a little detergent detracted a bit, however. The flavor had a blend of drier, sweeter chocolates and some darker ones at the core.. dry cocoa bitterness paired with a hint of darker fruits rolling off the sides of the tongue and into the short finish.. left some cocoa and a mild bitterness. Roasty on the palate with some grainy feel.. unfortunately thin-bodied.. only an OK feel. This was better than my first experience, but I was hoping for more.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Packaged on November 23 2004. One year old baby. Happy belated little buddy! "A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes." The commercial description says it all. This could almost be a stout with a higher alcohol content. Very dark with a tan head that laces the glass. Very impressive porter.
Nate (4170) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is warm and inviting. Licorice and toffee, thick black coffee and cream. A bit of smoky chocolate bitterness keeps it from being too sweet. Light carbonic acidity. Mild hops. Dark black, with thin tan head. Medium heavy watery body, with medium carbonation and no burn. Starts with a big hit of malty chocolate and bitter coffee, mesium hops and light acidity. Smooth transition into sweeter, more subtle flavors like molasses and licorice and some smoke. Finish has a bit of carbonic acidity and smoky bitterness. After is mildly chocolatey and smoky. Just a bit of bitter residue on the tongue. This is a really nice porter.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown that does thin a bit at the edges. Nose is malt sweet and strong roasted scent. Flavor is almond, light chocolate, and primarily roastiness that is held together very well and concluded with a light hop finish. It did seem lighter bodied than it could have been, but is a very enjoyable porter nonetheless.
mnurda (1239) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice and chocolately looking. great taste. poured it incorrectly, so had some sediment in the glass, but it didn’t seem to matter. great tasting porter.
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2006 pours black with a chocolaty thick head that dissipates somewhat quickly, aroma is mild coffee-like, tastes light for a porter with notes of dark chocolate and almond, ending with coffee. tingly but smooth mouth.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black color with a thin beige laced head. Aroma is roasty with malts,chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted rich with hints of coffee,malts, chocolate and cream. Lacks the smoke flavor that makes other porters stand out. Other than that, a very enjoyable porter.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Roasty aroma of coffee and chocolate, and on my first whiff I immediately thought of black olives. Strong roastiness in the flavor, combined with caramel and chocolate. Rages on the sweet side, moderately hopped. Creamy, velvety mouth feel. I enjoyed this quite a bit.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, chestnut brown appearance, reddish edges, with a huge, thick fluffy, cocoa-toned head, leaving much lace, softly sizzling down in size. Aroma is rich, full of espresso notes, chocolate, spices, deep, roasty,and rustic, a wonderful complex, though still straightforward nose. Creamy, easy drinking and damned nice... great Brewery : ))
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh man, so good. Dark dank black with lots of creamy tan head, just beautiful. Aromas are huge roast, coffee, and chocolate notes. Even smells creamy. Flavor is huge roast, this reminds me somewhat of the Gonzo. Lots of mocha in this one too. Finishes moderately sweet. Medium-thick bodied. Nice and chewy.