JoePeesie (917) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lighter brown than expected with an touch of tan head. Nose and taste is a bit more mellow than most porters. A touch of chocolate sweetness and generally very approachable and drinkable. More pleasing to the masses than to someone who really likes a great porter I suspect. As one of the masses in this case I found the beer to be very solid.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the Ram in Wheeling. Pours a deep brown-black with a tan head. Nose is toasty, light chocolate and a roasty note. Some caramel comes through, hops are quite restrained overall. On tasting, crisp and dry, some medium caramel notes and a nice enough roast quality. Quite clean overall. Balanced bitterness and sweetness. Not too bad.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Ram in Seattle. Pours dark with a thin tan head. Ashy, smokey smell. Bit of a chocolate taste, smoky and caramel flavors. I thought it was a pretty solid beer.
RobertDale (4266) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler at Arlington brewpub. comes dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast and chocolate. Taste is malt, chocolate, and coffee. On the thin side. Just OK.
kidmartinek (3755) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red tingy brown with a small head. A little tan. Roasted malt aroma with maple. Bitter toasty malt flavor with a woodsy finish. Ok lace. dirty overall.
shrubber85 (9021) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Chocolate malt and light ash aroma. Dark brown color with minimal head. Dark chocolate malt and wood/ash flavor. Body on the light side. Okay - a bit stout-like.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark brown with small white head. Aroma is caramel, coffee, and dark malts. Taste is dark caramel malts, chocolate, and coffee. The body is way too light for the style. I’d pass on this one.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
draft... watery medium brown, light tan head... sweet nose, tastes terrible
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft 7/20/11 at CB & Potts Highlands Ranch). Dark brown color. Medium tan head. Moderate chocolate and roasted malt/coffee aroma and flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Rosemont, IL brewpub. Poured into a chilled glass again, ugh. Very deep brown colored body with an inch thick, dense and very creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty pleasant. A milky chocolate sweetness with some caramel and a light roast. Flavor is similar. A bit thin, but tasty enough. Milky chocolates up front with a nice caramel sweetness. A more distinct coffee presents itself in the light-moderate roastiness that grows a touch towards the end along with a hint of earthy hops. Finishes with a nice chocolate sweetness that’s a bit chalky along with a light, coffee and earthy bitterness. Dry before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Light body with a moderate, soft carbonation. Overall, not a bad porter. Pleasant milky chocolate and caramel with a solid-coffee roast. The chilled glass sucks, but this was enjoyable.