hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler... This beer rocks!… Clear dark brown pour with a tiny, khaki, off-white head. The fragrance is a mélange of milk chocolate, vanilla and toasted hazelnuts. Full-bodied and velvety with lazy carbonation. The flavor is balanced nicely and quite nutty with a pleasant mocha component. It’s thin, but tasty nonetheless. Roasty, moderately bitter finish. Thanks to newcigarz for sharing this growler of world class brew!
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a small brown head. Nice roasty aroma... flavor is mildly hoppy with chocolate and coffee tones... hint of the spiciness of the rye... best of the samples.
Reynolds314 (3314) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this is a great porter. From growler into glass. Looks a bit weird with really larger sparse bubbles on a brown translucent beer. Aroma is cocoa, light coffee, grassy hops, and bread. Taste is nicely roasty and hoppy with good cocoa richness.
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on draft at brewery, i really like the rye flavors, great hop flavors and aroma, tons of complexity . wow these guys really rock
drfabulous (6573) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 growler thanks to WillRunForBeer. Lovely pour. Chocolate and roast. Creamy tan head. Bitterness. Solid porter.
puboflyons (3098) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750 ml. growler acquired at the brewery. It pours jet black with ruby red hues on the edge of the glass and an astounding three-finger silky, mocha head. The aroma is alive with milk chocolate, coffee grinds, roasted dark malts, rye grain, and earthy hops which are actually subtle but noticeable. The body is medium but incredibly smooth and creamy. The taste tends to favor the chocolate over the coffee of the nose with a good earthy hop bitterness coming up on the backside and ending dryish. The 7.5% ABV is decently masked but at the end of the growler I feel it a little. This is a fine porter.
johnnnniee (3789) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Cask and Vine.
Solid opaque with a huge tan head that persists forever. Aromas of roast, coffee, caramel, dark fruit, light chocolate. Is this a porter or a stout? The flavor is heavy on the roasted grains, big caramel and light chocolate with a hint of smoke. Light earthy hop flavor and a spice from the rye add a bit of complexity. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and sweet creamy ashy mouthfeel. This is a big porter that feels like a stout at times, but its so damn good who cares about labels? Beautiful beer, I wish I could have had another.
mcox90 (1903) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster @ the source. Pours black w/brown edges and a thin cream colored head. Cocoa and coffee on the nose with just a hint of smoke. Semi sweet flavor that is kept in check by the rye & the peated malts used. Full bodied with a bit of smoke on the back end. Nice porter.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: thanks, Jeff! Dark pour, basically black with some deep mahogany at the very edges. Barely any head, only a java-cream colored collar outlining the top. Aroma is full of light roast, creamy chocolate, milky sweetness, lightly spicy rye. Finish has notes of pumpernickel bread, with a very, very mild hint of peated malt. Taste is more full of rye & rye bread with smoked wood chips, thick woody rye, burnt malts, and a river of chocolatey sweetness. Hint of creaminess underneath. Never to sweet or too bitter. Finishing touches of dehydrated rye chips and a little smoke tinge. Pecan-like nuttiness, too. Very nice porter overall.
WillRunForBeer (2269) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at the source. Deep black with a thick brown head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, wet dog. Nice and roasty with coffee and dark chocolate notes. A little resin bitterness on the finish.