sja14 (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of sweet maltiness and coffee. Tastes like it smells with hints of chocolate.
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a beautiful dark brown with 2 inch tan head formation. The pouring suggests a medium body, which is later confirmed. The head is persistent and settles in at 1.5 inches a flat, creamy top and plethora of micro-bubbles intermingled with larger cavities up to 1/8th inch. As you drink this ale the Belgian lace is well formed and decorative. The nose provides deep roasted notes. Hops are not evident. The porter has a medium body with a light cream texture. The suggestive chocolate and coffee notes join the maltyness, making the ale very nicely balanced. Carbonation is pleasant. The alcohol is moderate and not noticeable on the palate. Combined with delicious lingering this porter definitely invites repeat tastes. Another moreish ale! Light enough to be a restorative and a refresher, yet full enough of flavor to satisfy most any palate.
olympian (107) - USA - JUN 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good basic porter - and if memory serves, much better now than it was five years ago.
Malt is controlled nicely - there are hints of dark chocolate, coffe, brown sugar and currant, but nothing dominates. Decent hops.
Single thing that I didn’t like was the nose, which is reminiscent of
smoky burning rubber!. But that doesn’t come through in the taste, which is, to come full circle, ’good basic porter’.
bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 From bottle... poured translucent reddish-brown with medium tan head. Nice roasty aroma. Roasted malt taste with beautifully smooth finish. Very impressed. I love this.
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours black with a large light brown head.Sweet matly aroma. Thick to the palate. Flavor is a sweet malt start with a roasted malt finish.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap at Bell's) Dark brown, almost black with very thin foam, this K'zoo offering has a malty, alcohol nose and a nearly perfect palate. It's hoppy, and malty, with notes of dark chocolate. Dry and not sweet at all, smooth and lightly creamy. Nice.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark mahogany colored body with a thick head that fell quickly. A bit on the light side for a porter, but not unreasonably so.
S: It has a powerful aroma and smells great. There are hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of dark roast coffee.
T: The taste is more subdued than the aroma but is nice and smooth. There is coffee and chocolate, but the flavors aren’t as rich as they should be.
M: This is pretty light bodied for a porter but it still feels pretty good. It’s on the light end of medium bodied.
D: Not a bad porter at all, albeit on the lighter side body-wise.
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out of the bottle a dark black with a brownish tinge to it. About half an inch of brownish tan head. Mouthfeel is great with a taste of coffee and chocolate.
Snot19kilo (103) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 Pours Black, brick red. with Fat wood colored head. Long lasting lace.Aroma of coco and dark fruit. some but very little chocolate/coffee. Flavor is bitter, smoky, woody. A bit of a fruit taste as well. Strong bitter after taste and mouth feel. pretty good for a porter. not great.
AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great smoky smell; elements of salty meat and chocolate remind me of a bacon chocolate bar I had once. Pours an opaque black/very dark brown, with a finger head that dissipates moderately quickly. Taste has elements of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts. Medium to heavy body, with moderate carbonation. Pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste accompanies light mouthcoat after swallowing.