uncleben113 (4) - - JUL 12, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle bought at Binny’s in Chicago. Pours a dark brown to black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly into a faint and uneven layer. Aroma is of roasty grains, light chocolate, faint coffee, cola, and faint caramel. More sweetness and vanilla comes out as the beer warms. Flavor is roasted grains and coffee right up front that linger throughout the taste and after. Distant notes of chocolate and maltiness are present but very subtle. The body is medium to light but sufficient and has just a touch of sweetness to it. I would have liked a little more roundness to the body and mouthfeel but overall, this is a fine porter. Not quite as big and chewy as some of the others but a solid beer and something I will definitely buy again.
hopbag (66) - - JUL 9, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Maybe I got a bad batch? The bottle I got was really tart. I leave it in my mouth and it’s just sour. There’s some nice roast and chocolate in there, but it seems like bad quality control. I tend to like sours, but this one would need some fruity notes or more character to be good as one.
ibrubeer (75) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ City Beer Hall (ALB). Nice tan head. Dark brown color. Awesome roasty flavor! Body might be a touch on the light side, but overall I love this beer!
Maltser85 (238) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a tan head, Aroma is light, slight roast, light cocoa. Taste is light. Slight roast up front that rolls through some malty sweetness, slight bitter hop then back into a bakers chocolate sweetness. Slight peanut butter sensation? Creamy body, but a bit light. This is being enhanced by the nitro tap.
Danyel (582) - Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasty, sweet. Taste is bitter, chocolate, roasty, pretty good.
BLADT (497) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap pour. Deep brown with white head. Muted nose of dark bread, toasted malt, and faint cacao nibs. Gets more interesting as it warms. Taste is much the same. Rough edges. Just above average; could use refinement.
Jimsal27 (210) - New York, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee and malt nose. Roasted malt flavor. A bit thin with nice carbonation. Not bad though.
tomthompson89 (1896) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark malts nose, some coffee. Mouthfeel is thin. Flavour is muddled bitterness and cocoa flavour. Not great but not bad.
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ARH (313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aromas are rather mellow, mostly a rich malty chocolate, but with supporting notes of cola caramel, dark fleshy fruit, and some roasted grains. The body is a muddy, cola brown with a tan head that reduces to a medium ring with a wispy lace. It leaves an above average, messy, layer-like lace. The beer is a medium sweet with a medium - light bitter. The beer has an abundant, soft carbonation to go along with the oily texture. It’s a medium bodied beer with a chocolate covered raisin, light caramel, and roasted grain finish. There’s a touch of citrus in there too. The aftertaste is a light, mellow chocolate bars, coffee grounds, and bread.
Barnoloid (116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a solid porter, definitely a standby whenever I am visiting WI. Pours a pleasing brown to black with a medium body and mouthfeel. Not as full and roasted as others in this arena, but something of a change of pace during a session. The chocolate malts are up front here, with a taste of fresh baked cookies. Not overly chewy, but with enough body to keep this as a solid option during Spring or Fall, before you need to go to the real warmers.