Strykzone (6025) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at the Capitol Hill brewpub. This beer pours a dark brown tone with a nice tan head. Great lacing. Aroma is roasted notes with chocolate and a bit of tart hops. Flavor is also chocolate an coffee. Those roasted notes keep coming. Well balanced. A delightful beer.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one on draught at the brewpub near Union Station in Washington, D.C. Hazy dark brown pour with a light brown head, chocolate malty nose, a nice creamy chocolate and malt flavor, smooth finish, very nice.
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Color was a dark brown. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, caramel. Flavor was a bit hoppier than expected. Roasted malt with some earth and chalk. Solid brewpub porter.
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Downtown Location. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and malty. Taste is sweet and malty with some coffee, second best of the night.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub in downtown. Pours a deep ruby with a thin, but creamy tan head that has good retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of coffee grinds, semisweet chocolate, roasted malt. Taste has a bit of a meaty and smoky body with chocolate-covered cherries. Bitter hops in the finish. Medium-bodied. A bit astringent but the smokiness and chocolate really bring this porter alive. Very good- a nice surprise.
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at the brewpub, Shirlington location. Pours a hazy raspberry red color with a medium head. Poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of nuts, chocolate and light roast. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, lactose and bitter hops. Medium bodied.
ben4321 (5246) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: Draft Postal Building Location - From the sampler glass 3/7/09.
Aroma: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate
Appearance: Dark brown/black, thin dark white head
Flavor: The chocolate dominates this well balanced porter, slight underlying earthy tones
Palate: Smooth, drinkable, medium body
Pretty enjoyable beer. I enjoyed the balance of the sweetness (coco and coffee) with the porter hops.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the downtown location. Dark brown with a beige head. Sweet malt aroma with a bit of roast. Light smoky, burnt malt and thin coffee flavor, with more sweetness developing further in and a mildly bitter finish. The body was pretty thin, which is my main complaint; it just didn’t feel like a good porter.
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
**Summary** - The last of the beers in the sampler tray this was also probably the best of the regular offerings here. If pressed I could order half price pints of this and be quite happy to spend an afternoon.
**Aroma / Appearance** - Murky black, it exuded a light smokiness like you get the day after a bonfire. Meaty malts support the experience giving the whole thing the feel of a smokehouse.
**Flavor / Palate** - Fluid at all times it washes smoothly over the tongue and throat. Along the way come smoke, chocolate, and black coffee. Very solid for a porter this is almost more like a stout.
Travlr (18623) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted more like a stout, smoky coffee and chocolate flavored, very full body, almost black in color, somewhat bitter finish. Fair.