barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. color is dark brown with a reddish hue. tan frothy head which faded pretty quickly. bittersweet chocolate is the dominant aroma and flavor with some roasted coffee and dark fruit present. the tail end has a somewhat dry bitter finish. silky but thin mouthfeel.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, deep, deep, dark ruby blanketed brown. Smooth and firm cocoa colored cap about a half inch high sits atop. But a whisp of skim remains once it dwindles down along with a thin collar. Minimal lace sticks in a slight stringy pattern.
Soft, clean, and very fresh cocoa nose with a moderate helping of roasty tones bringing a modestly robust semblance of espresso beans. Notes of baked burnt hops.
Darkly flavored in the taste department. Dark, rich, deep tones of black burnt malt, chocolate bitterness, and scorched hops brim and buckle with a surge of robustness thats quite nice and vastly roasty. Steady drying tones in the finish where the espresso gains a foothold over the chocolate tones. Staying crispy with a burnt edge of spicy pizza crusts. Great additions there with some peppery notes. Old memories of the Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout from Bell’s is beginning to brim to the surface of my buds as I continue to sip and gulp this fantasticly robust porter. New memories are now in place.
The feel of this beer is down right fascinating with one supurb smoothness and uniquely creamy medium/full body while maintaining its robust roasty character. Perfect for a porter. Keeps a well handled hoppyness that lends a bit of bittering biting virulence to the overall roastyness. Always dark, always roasted; blackened even in some of its personality. A very well crafted porter. Unimaginably yummy.
This puppy ain’t muddy at all.
fatguys (71) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the Hilltop in Stevens Point, WI. Thanks, Laird (bartender), for a great night of good beer.
Pours a very dark brown with a small, tan-ish head. Not too much for smell. Thick, but not overwhelming. More sticky than sweet, with some hints of chocolate and smoke. Not a bad beer, but not the best porter I’ve had.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Pours a dark brown with a light tan/yellow, rocky head. Faint chocolate and alcohol aroma. An initial flavor of alcohol, but not overpoweringly so, that then quickly goes into a full-on bitter chocolate. The chocolate is a little muddled by a smokiness in the malt character. Aftertaste is bready and thick, some faint walnut and syrup. Really sticky and thick, a bit overpowering mouthfel, and the stickiness lasts and lasts. Name is appropriate, as the texture and taste are both thick and muddy.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a ruby tinit and a large light brown head and fair lacing. Sweet roasted aroma with notes of milk chocolate/mocha. Flavors of roasted malt and burnt tobacco. Great flavor but leaves too quick. Turns to a roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied. If the flavor duration was longer I would have given this another point or two.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black, with some brown and a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted coffee malt and a little smokey. I tasted chocolate, coffee and a great roasted flavor. Creamy. Yummy.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Black with hints of ruby, thin but very stable cola-like bubbly head...big roasted malt in the nose, chianti wininess and a splash of vanilla, impressive...alas, the flavor doesn’t carry through, the body is brash and somewhat harsh, roasty and bitter but curiously flat and dull to finish, my first disappointment from this excellent brewery.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown beer; by the time it got to me, it didn’t have much of a head. Smooth mouthfeel - not too watery. Malty, chocolatey. Very excellent beer. One of the best Porters I’ve had from a tap in a long time!
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a lare thick lasting head. Slight reddish in color through the light. Aroma is of bread, hops, and malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and filling, very smooth given the high carbonation. Taste is of bread, malts, and hops. Can also taste oats and barley especially, and is extremely well balanced. Chocolate notes come out underneath. An excellent porter.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-purchased at Riley’s liquor in Madison, WI-pours deep brown with a nice tan head. roasty, coffee aroma with a subtle hint of hersey’s chocolate. nice burnt note also. somewhat light body. nice big burnt finish. as it warmed , some hops came thorough in the finish. slightly oxidized also which effected the overall flavor of this beer. not bad CW. wish i had a fresher sample.