joeneugs (2575) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours dark brown with a giant fizzy orange/brown head that settles to a thin layer in about sixty seconds. Smells like a caramel apple with cherries, wood, sour crab apples, and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is extremely lively with caramel, apple, smoke, wood, and chocolate. It has a dry, acidic, roasted finish. A little too frothy to capture all the complexity. Alcohol is hot in the back of the throat. This gets some points for originality. Iíll remember this one.
alexsdad06 (3821) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color, almost cola like, with a large beige head. At least this wasnít a gusher like all of the other SFTO bottles I have had. The aroma opens fruity although more similar to some sours I have had and not the porter this claims to be. The tart notes stand out. The flavor had some burn as it goes down. Finally, a hint of the smoke. This however becomes more cider like and somewhat tart as well. The fruitiness is hard to place perhaps because I see apple in the name, but this doesnít have a strong apple note. This is a bit better than my previous SFTO experiences, but far from something I would seek out.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at DLD2010. Thanks to the awesome person that brought this. Dark brown pour with tan head. Aroma of apples, booze, light saltiness. Wood and smoke apparent. Flavor is slick, boozy apple, chocolate, salt, oak, wood, kind of weird funkiness. Tart too. Slick mouthfeel. Pretty cool to try this one.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with a thin head and lace. BB, apple, chocolate. Sour apple, light chocolate flavor. Foamy and thin. A very good beer.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to whoever supplied this at DLD 2010. Pours hazy reddish brown with small off-white head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brandy, and a bit of yeast. Flavor of brandy, caramel, brown sugar, light malts, and finishes sour. The acidity didnít really work for me. Glad to have tried it though.
Boutip (4286) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a super huge dirty brown color head with great retention and super good lacing. Aroma of funky yeast ester with some rich apple brandy notes is quite interesting. Taste is also a very nice mix between some light funky notes with light Brett touch with some subtle tart notes that are mix with some rich sweet malt with light vinous apple brandy notes in the finish. Very complex and somewhat far from the original porter recipe. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Nicely done and outside of the standard brewing norms with some great complexity which makes me say that I canít even pick-up all of the complexity.
Tmoney99 (9592) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark reddish brown color with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt, fruit and smoke wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted malt, sweet fruit and wood flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where not met by an unbalanced beer.
neepsntatties (1020) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2010
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
I was salivating at the chance to try this bottle from, "hannont" but then I tried it and... Colour... dark garnet with a thick off white head. Nose... tart and rather like a sour beer. Palate.... WTF!! Somethingís wrong here!! Tastes like what I would imagine Fire Chief would taste like with apple puree added to it! Bleh!! Yuck!!! Eeeeeew!!!!
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Josh. Thanks! Pours clear brown with tan head. Aroma is wood, sour apple, caramel, and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a sour taste dry finish to it. I have found that with the other SFTO beer I tried. Its pretty tasty.
smith4498 (2793) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBWG 2010. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of brandy, lightly roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of brandy, caramel, smoke, apples and some chocolate. Medium body with lively carbonation.