edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler pours black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and grains. Taste is coffee and nice malts.
Patrickctenchi (6037) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black...with a short, tan head.
Strong, roast coffee aroma.
Creamy chocolate/coffee flavor.
b3shine (8114) - Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster at Lennies. Looks good; a cloudy dark brown with beige head. Smells solid; lots of coffee with dark malt notes. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Good beer.
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma of bitter, chalky coffee, some chocolate. Appearance is garnet black with bone head. Flavor matches the nose; the coffee has a "spent" taste and is generally unpleasant. Palate is medium, chewy and soft. Needs work.
shrubber85 (10675) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown color with small head. Slightly sweet chocolate malt and lightly bitter ash/herb flavor. Body a bit light. A nice drinkable beer.
Brigadier (3540) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at brewpub
Moving on to the porters and stouts I was less impressed with what came at the end of the flight. While they weren’t terrible they just felt like they were lacking something that gave them an edge over any other beer brewed to a paint by numbers recipe. Even so it isn’t a bad fallback.
Aroma / Appearance - Reddish black with spindly legs the beer slips down the sides slowly. Black coffee, ash, and a dry smoky malt bill nibble at the senses but never are strong enough to attract a bite.
Flavor / Palate - Thin in the mouthfeel the texture is a bit watery. Like coffee left too long in the pot it has a strong bite. The taste of day old coffee proceeds to linger for a while before fading slowly. Average to slightly below average this is not the best example of a porter to use when trying to determine the good from the bad.
jcurtis55 (35) - Plainfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at Lennies along with lunch. Not much head. Very dark porter. Aroma was coffee and maybe some chocolate in there. The flavor is similar to the aroma, although the roasted flavor comes through. Seemed pretty well balanced. Good, drinkable porter. The ABV is 5.0. Sumatran coffee beans are used.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. Wish this one had been on cask, but enjoyed it even so. Oily dark pour, with a thin but persistent head and nice lacing. Soft mellow chocolate and bitter bean in the nose. Perhaps a bit too one-dimensionally bitter in the taste, at the expense of coffee’s deeper and more subtle qualities, but there were enough choc malts and hops to balance things out. Not bad.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lennies / Bloomington Brewing Co on 14 March 2010. No ABV stated. Dark brown colour. Looks rather cloudy but too dark to see clearly. Lots of coffee. Rather dry mouthfeel. Some burnt bitterness. Slightly thin and maybe lacks a little depth but, overall, pretty decent.
flatmatt (1466) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Lennie’s restaurant. Pours a dark red brown with an off-white head. Aroma features a creamy coffee roastiness. Flavor is nice with coffee, roastiness, cream, and cocoa. Starts out strong but unfortunately fades to become somewhat watery by the time I’m finished.