mrjaxson (466) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is lighter than a porter but the dark, slightly bitter chocolate aroma is more in line with a porter and an excellent indicator of the taste to come. Mildly sharp and sweet finish reflects its good overall balance. Poured from a can.
JorgeLee (1679) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can in a Minneapolis restaurant. Darkish brown black colour, off white foam. Quite bitter, lots of black and chocolate malt, but also quite some hop with a slightly herbal and bitter note. A bit fizzy and somehow not that easy to get down. Just felt a bit almost there but not quite coming together.
eruizgarcia (298) - - APR 29, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very attractive black pour with a luscious, full, creamy opaque head that looks like melted ice cream. Lots of roasted coffee, chocolate and malt. Super creamy palate and great lacing. Great beer!
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BreWedge (465) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl oz can via Piscator34. Pours a near opaque brown with a thick undulating mocha head. Aromas are subtle chocolate, coffee, and bark. Tastes of roasty malts and coffee. Medium body and carbonation, smooth and creamy on the palate with a medium bitter finish. Nice beer.
musinj6 (494) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black opaque with brown small head with mild to moderate lacing. Very toasty aroma with milk chocolate and hint of mocha. Moderately sweet with hint of bitterness. medium body with medium finish.
commonmac (1000) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the source with blonderedhead in a 16 oz pint glass. Black with a tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is roasty and nutty with lots of coffee elements. Taste is definitely coffee forward with a healthy bitterness, nutty warmth, and roasty malt finish. Dark, winter undertones that fit a Feb night. Coffee isn’t necessarily my type of thing but this one has a good beer soul that works for me. This brewery has a ton of momentum and I’m starting to really value them as a quality MN representative.
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours deep black with small off-white head. Nose is creamy cocoa and coffee. Flavor is like that of rich baltic rye bread finishing with very mild sweetness and a touch of bitterness on the finish. Palate is not as thick as expected, but that makes it easier to quaff than a stout. Great dark beer for a late winter afternoon in the upper midwest.
johnnymusky (856) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from can...pour is black with a nice creamy head...nose is chocolate and malt...mouth is the same with a little hop bitterness at finish.
superspak (4403) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 12/15/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy/piney hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/pine and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate herbal/piney hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and light-moderate herbal/piney hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of chocolate syrup, roasted barley, and a bit of coffee. An interesting contrast of heavy ash-like roast and a thicker than expected body. Chocolate and heavy roast elements persist, along with a subtle hint of red grape. Aggressively roasted, but still balanced.