Sammy (8628) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sessionable porter that’s well malted, with chocolate malts,and so quite drinkable. Hops are secondary but there. Black with moderate white head. Aroma of mild roast. Well balanced and satisfying. Medium mouthfeel.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2010 Bottle. Rich dark brown, almost opaque but not totally, with tan head and nice layer of foam and lace. Nose is light and clean and so are the flavors, which include mainly coffee. Decent mouthfeel and quaffable if not exciting....Re-Rate from bottle--Rich dark opaque brown with tan head. Aromas of carob, cocoa, chocolate liqueur, and Nutella. Very soft velvet palate. Sweet entry, then the middle is rich lively and fresh chocolate malts. Grows more complex with each sip. Highly drinkable.
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle . Dark brown with a rocky tan head . Nice chocolate smell with roasted malts and nuts. Full bodied with a smooth, oily texture. The taste follows the nose with rich roasted grains and a chocolate malt sweetness. A very good porter here. 06/12/2007
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery. Pours a dark black color with a small light brown head on top. Aroma is roasted malts with chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Flavor is chocolate and caramel. Very thin on the palate this beer unfortunately lacks a body that usually comes with a nice porter.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a thin retaining light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/molasses. Taste is dark malt-roasty/some chocolate/sweet molasses, some hops.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
9/4/07 On draught at the brewery. Aroma is roast malt forward followed by sweet malt with no hop character. Appearance is dark brown with a medium light brown head. Flavor is a roasted sweet/sour malt forward with no toast or black patent character. Hops have no flora and only moderate bittering. Mouthfeel is medium/high bodied, grainy, with a moderate carb texture. Overall, quite good, with a near perfect texture, simple, but definitely well made.
BuckeyeBoy (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Big Time Brewery Seattle, For a Ohio State Football game. Pours out almost black topped with a small tan head. Nice ligth roast with a little bitterness on it. A little chocolate sweetness on it.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong Chocolate aroma. Dark black appearance with light brown head. Bold chocolate flavor and somewhat tart. Some kind of hop component is however MIA. Despite this I really like this. This beer showcases a great usage of malt. Because of the lack of hops this beer might benefit from a food pairing.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Big Time. Pours the color of coffee with a creamy tan head. Medium, slightly sticky body with light carbonation. Brown sugar and chocolate aroma. Smoky chocolate taste with a coffee and pine-bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a frothy, creamed-chocolate, brown colored head that starts out three-fingers in height. The beer shows a brilliantly clear, chocolate brown color as I pour the beer, but sits in the glass an opaque blackened amber, almost black color. At first the aromas smells of thin black coffee, but then it gets interesting all of a sudden; salty blackened malt aromas almost pick up a peat-like smokiness, richly toasted grain, it even has aromas that I associate with rich, umami laden flavors. The aroma almost reminds me of smoked, dried, blackened prunes that one might pick up at an Asian grocery store. An interesting aroma, one which I can easily partake of for quite some time before taking that first sip.
Light feeling up front as it first hits the tongue, it then picks up some soft, creamy fullness as it moves across the tongue. Dark malt notes dominate the flavor profile and that interesting, salty, smoky note is here in the flavor as well. The beer actually has a fair amount of complexly dark, sweetness that reminds me of smoked, dark chocolate. The beer finishes with a touch of harsh, bitter burnt grain husks, but still has that rich, malty, salty, peat like not as well that lingers on in the finish. Speaking of roasted grain, this beer has a lot of roast malt character; black coffee, even espresso and burnt caramel notes are quite prominent.
This beer is very drinkable, quite tasty and with an interesting mix of flavors. It has a complexity to it that makes it quite intriguing. The one flaw is that there is perhaps a touch too much burnt grain astringency in the finish.