Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Kevin. Usual dark body with a thin ring of bubbles. Nose-smells like an old cardboard box that once held chocolate candies. Taste-spent coffee grounds, grapes, sharp flavoring hops, thin chocolate milk, musty cardboard finish. Not bad, but not perfect.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Typical porter appearance with an inch-high tan head. Nose is immediately enjoyably rich with malt tones of coffee, chocolate and a feint smokiness. Mouthfeel is on the light side and oily. Flavor starts out nicely with above described attributes but then becomes overwhelmed with peat malt that makes the flavor stale, acrid, and pungent. A good attempt, but too much peat (i.e. in overrated Laphroig scotch) destroys depth and character.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a almost black with just a faint red. Aroma is of coffee and malt with some hops. Flavor is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a little smoke.
Kevin (2149) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 29, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
marble black with an orange head. smell is dusty marshmallow, apple, and cocoa. bitter chocolate flavor. watery mouthfeel. this is thin. all chalky bitter is wrong tasting, like a bitter cauliflower. this is not the perfect porter, mediocre porter, yes, perfect, no.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very little to no head that pours a carmel color. The body of the beer is a very dark brown, almost black. A nice coffee aroma combined with a smoked barley. High carbonation but a very nice and smooth finish.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is a rich maltiness with hints of smoke. The color is deep black with a creamy tan head. The flavor is a pleasent dark chocolate with hints of smoked roastedness.
GTown (127) - New York, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark with a thin tan head. Lots of cocoa; some maltiness coming through. A decent porter all around. Too bad they just went out of business (again!).
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Huge cocoa aroma, Light roastiness is there, but it’s burried behind the cocoa. Pours a dark brown with hints of orange around the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Moderate off-white head diminishes quickly. Flavor is almost all slightly watery cocoa with a light roasted coffee in the background. So much cocoa that it’s overbearing.
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
from the bottle. poured brown with a nice sized tan head that left some nice lacing. aroma brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, caramel. flavor chocolate covered cherries, malt, sugar honey. enjoyed this beer nice and smooth with a nice mouthfeel too it.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, almost no head. Very nice aroma for a porter. Chocolate and vanilla come out the most, but also some coffee and roast. Flavor is like lighter chocolate. Very smooth drinking. After having this brewery’s IPA and ’Imperial’ Stout, I was skeptical of a lesser porter, but this one turned out to be superior to each of those easily.