Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery in Franklin. Opaque dark brown/chestnut color. Aromas of complex roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is of espresso, chocolate, and restrained roasted malts. Very drinkable and an excellent representation of the style.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown appearance. Malty, with a chocolatey palate and a hint of coffee? Good, while not being overly complex or pretentious.
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Cool Springs location. Clear dark brown pour with good mocha head and mahogany highlights. Sweet vanilla aroma. Roasty chocolate flavor with a creamy body. Probably the best Bosco’s beer I’ve had so far.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Nashville brewpub. Poured a dark brown/black color with red highlights, with a thin tan head. The aroma was toasty with a significant hop presence. The flavor was chocolate, with roasted malt. The palate was average, with a body that was too thin for the style, soft carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. This was a good beer, but a little more body would have been better.
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this. Had it on tap in Midtown. Very fresh. Looks like a stout. Chocolaty. I can’t really compare it to anything. Unique.
KDorgan12 (169) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask-Memphis. I think the cask conditioning really brought this beer to light. Deliciously complex and a nose full of hops, and it doesn’t get any fresher.
SpringsLicker (3430) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear dark brown with a thin head.
Aroma of malt and toast.
Sweet start with a dry hop bitterness for the palate.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask, Nashville brewpub. The board listed today’s cask as Zwickel English IPA, which would have been a new beer entry, but I guess I’ll have to settle for this. Settling is the wrong word, since this is actually quite wonderful. An opaque murky brown beer in the glass with a large, creamy head that reminds me of Guiness head. The aroma is as murky as the beer, with muddy earthy notes and some dry dirty hops coming up through the creamy malty overlay. Agitating the beer brings out some chocolate powder smell which lingers in the nose after setting the beer down. Creamy in the mouth with very soft carbonation, this also is a little watery, so that it is pretty refreshing for still being solidly medium bodied. Very creamy coating of the mouth in the finish with a meringue type sweetness, while the tongue experiences dry roastiness that is not incredibly defined, but a nice counterpoint to the sweet coating elsewhere. As it warms, some off herbal and mealy green flavors enter into the beginning of the finish, which detracts from the experience. Overall, it doesn’t have quite the nuttiness, bitterness or chocolate that makes a good porter (whether Baltic or English-style), but the mouthfeel of this makes it totally worth it. Without the qualities of the cask, it would be inferior, but since I’m drinking the cask version, I’m going to rate it as if it’s always like this.
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Memphis location. Deep brown with ruby red highlights around the edges. Faint off-white head. Aroma is mild but malty and slightly roasty. Tastes sweet with notes of coffee, chocolate, toffee and dark fruits. A satisfying porter.
decaturstevo (5750) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A slight dark brown almost black pour with a gooey clinging lacing. An aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. A decent hops aroma for a porter. Asweet burnt coffee flavor dominates wth a very good bitter finish. A fizzy finish and a tad thin for a porter. Overall o good beer just barely off.