ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from Sliffy drunk on 8/25/07
Clear mahogany-caramel body is topped by a beige head, two-fingers high, that steadily falls to cover, leaving little/no lacing.
Butterscotch, butter caramel, butter and buttertoffee in the nose, and lots of it. Some roast peeks through, but it’s few and far between.....
Diacetyl fully rampant in the flavor as well, just a complete bomb, with light chocolate and caramel notes to start, but quickly overwhelmed by pure buttery goodness. Or not so much goodness...Filtered texture, loose carbonation. Looks like I didnt miss much from this off bottle. This brewery seems so hit-or-miss.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Skyview. Thanks, Bob! Pours a dark brown color; medium tan head with good retention and lacing. Sharp citrus and baker’s chocolate in the aroma; overwhelmingly lemon and citrus. The mouthfeel shows a similar profile; sharp, spritzy citrus hop presence overwhelming a light dark chocolate and cocoa malty presence; simply too hoppy to be a decent porter, and not hoppy enough to be something else. Medium, baker’s chocolate and astringent citrus finish.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice and even porter. Well balanced chocolaty flavors. Sweet enough but balanced with just the right amount of hops. Palate is light and smooth. Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Easy to drink.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
black, thin tan head, aroma of roasted malts and earthy hops, thin but creamy body, bland roasted flavor, touch of chocolate, balanced by some bitterness,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This pour beers a somewhat inky black, with a head that just never seems to quit. Aroma is somewhat roasty, but an inadequate prelude to the flavor, which is light and drinkable but also somewhat roasty. This beer is very drinkable (more than I expected for a porter) yet also decently flavorful. A bit odd for the style, but fairly pleasantly surprising.
hopscotch (9520) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle… Hazy, burnt orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Strange, grainy aroma of nuts, caramel, chocolate and warm mash. Grainy, earthy flavor. Burnt and bitter with moderate acidity. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Tangy, bitter finish. I guess I’ll go against the grain here with a fairly low rating. Over-sparged or over-crushed. Kudos to nflmvp for providing the bottle!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a light brown, with a small off brown head. Smells malty, some caramel, toffee, and very mild roast. The taste is quite tart which masks the roast and nuttiness, although they were there, just more in the background. A little too tart for my liking, I really dont like that quality in my porters. I like more roast and nuttiness. Anyways, it wasnt bad, just not my style.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Very cloudy brown pour, similar to multi-hued burned caramel. Unexciting, irregular lacing. Thin head, some retention, beige. Roast, earth and caramel comprise the majority of a subtle aroma. Lightly tart and misplaced burned notes limit enjoyability. Coffee, lightly bitter chocolate and nuts are all notable. The flavor is pretty awkward, not impressive by any stretch. Medium roast, scorched caramel, toast, sweet chocolate in moderation. Diacetyl rampages. This is just uninteresting. Bitterness is mild, heavier in a burned, semi-sweet finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly sticky, softly carbonated. Boring. I am too often unimpressed with this breweries’ offerings.
WankerWeasel (18) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep brown color and allows no light to penetrate. Nice couple fingers of medium brown foamy head sit on top of this pour. The foam slowly settles and leaves a nice sticky layer of lace covering the walls of the glass. If it looks this good, it’s gotta smell even better. Smooth rich chocolate and slightly sweet malt fill the nose. Big roasty aroma comes in next with a great bit of coffee. Little hint of caramel in the aroma also. What a wonderful aroma. The flavor is gonna have a hard time beating this aroma (but I have a good feeling it will). Smooth and rich chocolate flavor coats the tongue. Roasty malts with a great little bit of smoothness to it. Little hint of burnt malt comes in and is then quickly overtaken by the chocolate malt. Smooth and rich caramel comes in on the aftertaste and feels amazingly silky on the tongue. Little bit of toasted malt on the aftertaste also. Man, this stuff is killer. So much flavor it overwhelms the palate at times yet it’s still fairly light in the stomach even with this big of a body and flavor. I’d have to say this one ranks in my top 5 porters around.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with red highlights. Khaki head with good retention and lacing. There was a distinct butterscotch candy aroma with subdued milk chocolate and roasted nuts. Dry and roasty on the tongue with a flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and buttery caramel. Strange, but very good.