Theydon_Bois (8114) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 04/11/12.
Dark mahogony brown approaching light black with a thin tan head that clears to the edge.
Roast malts, chocolate, barley, hints of nut and leather on the nose.
Tastes of roast malts, touch of coffee, toffee, a little choclate.
Medium bodied with fine carbonation, smooth on the palate, roast finish.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Tastes a little like cola, fizzles on the tongue, with more carbonation than I care for. Tastes are of ginger and berries, which are very nice. Unlike many others in the category.
Dogbrick (7885) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Barley's Smokehouse. If you are going to have "guest taps", make 'em Bell's! Pours deep opaque brown with a medium tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolatey and bready. Flavor is smooth a rich and consists of chocolate, coffee and malt. I detected an ever-so-slight sourness in the finish which was interesting. Overall a good Porter, but I'll still stick with the Stouts from Bell's if given the choice.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and lace. Aroma of huge coffee, malt, vanilla, and cognac. Tastes malty, slightly sweet, with a coffee, malt, maple, vanilla, roasty finish. Marvelous complexity and mouthfeel. Well balanced. An excellent porter.
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 July 2006 - Very dark brown almost black body with a small fluffy tan head. (3+) Lightly acidic mocha and dark malt in the aroma. Flavour is likewise. Average palate is a touch thin for the style. Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5
July 2004 - Black body with smallish tan head. Aroma is phenomenal, it gently caresses your nose with hints of vanilla, caramel and toffee with some malt mixed in. The flavour is lovely, but does not quite live up to the echantment of the aroma. Sweet maltiness with a touch of roastiness in the finish. Palate is on the light side but very smooth. Many thanks to NorthYorkSammy for this one. 9/3/7/3/14 - 3.6
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Round malts offer chocolate smoke and roasted coffee beans…Nascent DMS undermines the back roastiness and bitterness...Fruity and well-built, but nowhere near Fuller’s or Anchor’s in my 2 experiences with it so far...
shrubber85 (7522) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Chocolate malt and light smokey aroma. Dark black with a moderate head. Chocolate malt and charcoal flavor. Full bodied.
crossovert (7215) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle.
It pours a nice dark brown, black in the glass with a rightly foamed tan head that sticks very nicely It recedes with some nice lacing.
The smell is classic American porter in every sense of the style. There is a strong roastiness, a little kiss of hops, caramel, and chocolate.
The taste is very good, It could use a bit more body but the flavors are great. Tons of chocolate and roastiness dominate the profile but there is also some caramel and hops. The bitterness is at a great level in comparison to the sweetness, especially for the style. It is balanced and drinkable.
The guy below me has it right: not quite Edmund Fitz or Blake Butte but this one is one of the supeb examples of the style.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-09-2010 00:42:34
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice lacey off-white head erupting with sweet roasted aroma. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and slight floral hoppiness. Goes down almost like silk for such a robust beer. A very good porter full of flavor and character.
Ughsmash (7122) - 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.