bnokk (276) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
APPEARANCE ? perfect blackness, light beige head.
NOSE ? great coffee notes backed by some malty sweetness.
FLAVOR ? backs up the great scents well. Solid porter, almost approaching a stout level of roastiness and depth.
bartzluke (331) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz pour from a refrigerated can into a shaker pint. Black and opaque with a solid tan head. Very chocolatey nose. Sweet, milky, caramel aromas as well. Taste reflects the nose, but with the milky caramel flavors coming through even stronger. Great balance of sweet and dry. One of the best sweet porters I’ve yet had.
barbarino2000 (85) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spirited, without the heavy or gritty feeling some porters come with. I'd drink it in a pinch, but not my top porter.
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Darkmagus82 (2006) - - OCT 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-4-14-
Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours deep –deep brown color with a huge thick tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention slowly fading to leave a rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite delicious with lots of sweet smells of caramel and toffee as well as a great showing of milk chocolate and roasted malts. Along with these aromas are some very light hints of vanilla and some light dark fruit aromas. Quite chocolaty, sweet, and smooth.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and caramel flavors with some mild dark fruit flavors of a fig and raisin nature. The fruit and roast flavors remain relatively constant throughout the taste with the caramel gaining a bit of strength as the taste moves on. Along with the increase in the caramel, there is also an arrival of some light coffee and chocolate flavors. The chocolate remains very weak, but the coffee does grow a bit in intensity (although it still remains relatively light overall) with the mix of flavors left on the tongue at the end, leaving a semi-smooth and sweet roasted coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. A bit of a lower carbonation level and a thicker and creamier body would have been better for the brews darker flavors, really accentuating them over the sweeter flavor of the brew better.
Overall – A decent porter overall and very drinkable but nothing really all that extraordinary.
bytemesis (4644) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours dark black, medium tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is standard roast, ash, cocoa. Flavor is rich and roasty, light sweet, medium bitter Ashes, coffee grounds. Earthy. Medium body, a bit light, perhaps.
Iphonephan (4491) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Montana Aleworks in Bozeman. Pours almost black with a lacy tan head. Toasted malt nose. Flavors of chocolate and coffee. Smooth rounded finish. Nice porter.
sonnycheeba (4249) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours dark brown with average, creamy beige head; decent retention and great retention. Aroma is roasted and caramel malts, figs, dates, light earthy and floral hops, and light toffee. Flavor is roast malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters and light floral hops and faint woody notes; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
snoworsummer (3252) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Big Sky. Strong chocolate, bitter, hop flavor. Smells like chocolate, caramel, and marshmallows.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of dark chocolate roasted malts and light sweet dark fruit. Pours dark brown almost black with a tan head. Flavors of roasted malts dark bitter chocolate dark fruits and a little sugary sweetness. Smooth and flavorful with nice body. Solid house porter.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tamarack Missoula. Brown/black color with a thin tan top. Scent is roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, roasted coffee and earthy.