Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the commercial description - "Many people who normally donít drink dark beers will drink this beer."
I can see why. Itís thin and watery, without much of a "dark" flavor (or any other flavor...) It does have a BIT of roasty undertones, just a bit - but it reminds me of some emasculated Utah brew more than anything else. The appearance is bad for a porter, it does not have much in the way of head or lacing.
The last of a very unremarkable tasting of Big Horn brews. Not a recommended brewery in my book.
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the second time I had this beer, but first time rating it. Id have to say the first time I had it, It left a better impression, possibly just the tap that day. So I gave it the benefit of the doubt, and combined my memory and current rating.
Semi sweet chocolate nose, medium body with a slight bitter finish.
thedm (4868) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This draft brew from the brewery in Indianapolis poured a small head of mostly diminishing finely sized brown colored bubbles the left behind a good lace. The body was an opaque dark brown color. The aroma was mild with malt and molasses notes. The mouth feel was smooth and flat. The flavor was mild malty and brown beer like.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Ram in downtown Indianapolis. This beer formed a small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was chocolate and coffee and malt. The flavor was coffee with a smooth mouthfeel. The texture was watery and thin. The lacing was very sparse.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a sampler at the Indy location: Pours almost black with a medium thick tan head. The nose is fairly strong roasted coffee and malt. A little on the thin side, but very tasty nonetheless. There is a nice concoction of coffee, roasted malt, caramel and malt in there. The finish is lightly bitter and keeps with the chocolate theme too. This is probably the best beer I tried at the Indy RAM, but there are many better Porters out there.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Schaumburg, Illinois. The only tolerable beer from this pigswill palace of hypercapitalist decadence. Dark brown. Pleasant bitter-chocolate nose. Light bittersweet chococoffee flavor, quite thin for a porter. DOWN WITH CHAIN BREWPUBS! FIGHT THE POWER! THE REVOLUTION STARTS NOW!
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Total Disorder Porter poured a dark black/brown with red highlights. It had a small head that quickly dissipated to a lacing and collar that coated the glass on the way down. It smelled terrible! Kind of like smokey leather and aerosol - I don't remember this from previous samples I've had. The taste made up for the smell though. It had a very big roasted malt taste with some chocolate tones and a nice slightly bitter balance. Overall, this was a great tasting porter with some B.O. issues.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Skunky sour-milk aroma. Flavor is not that bad. Smooth and mildy roasty, watery finish with some grass flavors, but an OK drink. Average porter.
Braudog (5460) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a disapating coffee head and coffee aroma. The flavor is very subtle ... choco-coffee flavor that's not too strong. Good "JV" porter.
Reid (1783) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Came in a nice over sized Ram pint glass..very nice.
Nice dark,dark brown almost too dark for a typical porter, quater inch coffee and creme coloured head..frothy..stays a while.
When I first get the pint the aroma is rather subdued..due to it being served a little too chilled..but after a few minutes I begin to smell excelent coffee and chocolate hints.
Mmmm quite a tatsy porter, very nice not too sweet malts,milky chocolate flavour with a good bitter aftertaste.
Very smooth and creamy on the tongue..and not too watery , which seesm to be a problem with brewpub porters.
Very drinkable stuff indeed.