Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 This pours a dark, dark brown with a slender tan head and slow carbonation. The aroma is mocha and roasted barley. This is very creamy and smooth in the mouth. The taste begins with burnt chocolate, blends into roasted barley, and finishes with dry coffee. Very satisfying drink.
<font size=-4><a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Chicago, IL<font size=-1>
piscator34 (2331) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown in colour with a tan head and light carbonation. The aromas are of dark crystal malt, some roasted grains, dark chocolate, and pencil shavings. There are some very assertive roasted nut flavors, along with notes of alcohol, dark fruit, and chocolate. Long finish. Generally, I like my porters a bit more mellow, but I still found this one to be quite satisfying.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with thick frothy tannish head. Smell is caramel malt, some roasted malt and light coffee. Taste is roasted malt, anise, followed by chocolate, then a smoky after taste. Lightly carbonated and delicious.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a rich dark color w/ a big thick brown head that holds well and laces fairly well. very mild smell a bit bready w/ some roastedness in it and a bit of alcohol. Palate was very carbonated and pretty light. taste was a bit smokey and a bit of roasted malts.. and an odd acidici taste like it had started to go bad or something I don’t know how old my bottle was. In the end this little off bit is going to cost a potentialy good beer in it’s rating, I’ll have to try it again.
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pleased with this bottle... it had a much harsher (alcohol-wise) aroma than the taste provided. Very complex... over-shdowed by a very smokey flavor though.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark black with a dense tan head. Has a bread yeasty aroma with some roasted notes. Not much flavor up front but a great back end roastedness that stays with you for awhile afterwards.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to jables for this beer.
Poured dark brown with a small off-white fizzy head which dissipated completely. Nice aroma of rich dark fruit with a touch of caramel sweetness. Taste was roasty and lightly sweet, with a touch of chocolate and coffee with dark fruits, with a dry roasty finish. Average body. I’m not a huge fan of this style, but this was a nice example.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark. Light aroma with coffee and carmel scents. Very chocolately and bitter. Good porter but not my favorite.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours about the darkest I have ever seen for a Porter with a creamy head that dissipates pretty quickly. The carbonation is alright but there could be a bit more. The aroma was weak at first and then there was coffee, chocolate and a bit of vanilla and caramel. The taste begins bitter but settles into a very pleasant flavor. Burnt chocolate is the dominant flavor along with caramel. The burnt chocdolate creates a unique bitterness which works quite well. A nice Porter that works well for a session beer.
Beaver (1640) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark opaque brown. It has a smallish light brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film. There is some yeast sediment at the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is chocolate and coffee with some vanilla and cream.
The flavor is burnt chocolate malts and coffee. It’s a little acidic and slightly sweet. It has a dry (almost chalky), medium bitter finish. It has a fairly full body, a little light on the carbonation.
Overall, an excellent porter. Coffee-like and bitter, but very pleasing.