LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter via changeup. Thanks ! A very dark brown pour, verging on black, with very little head (tan in color). Slightly rocky lacing at first. Head completely gone after less than a minute in the glass. Aroma is dark bitter malt, a bit of dark fruit, coco, with some roastyness. Some floral hops make themselves known. Taste is much the same, with dark malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smokey, woody tobacco. Bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is quite nice, slightly warming finish. A very tasty brew, but the bitterness, both from the hops and the dark malts, overwhelm the more balanced aspects of this one.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Extremely dark pour, pitch black with pretty much no head. The aroma carries hints of dark chocolate, malts and a smokey oak character to it. The flavor is a little smoky, with a bitter dark chocolate malt presence.
brp10 (59) - USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite hoppy porter. Great taste, though. Tastes just like it smells. Strong porter, very unique and enjoyable.
Lubiere (10695) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark reddish brown porter with a thin moka head. In aroma, smooth coffee and chocolate, light herbal notes. In mouth, a nice coffee taste with grainy qualities, chocolate, nice and smooth, medium bodied. On tap at brewery, Jan 5 2011.
marlin322 (61) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
good porter pours dark black taste of roasted a little citrusy and very hoppy im not a hoppy fan but this one got better with every sip
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to markwise. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is musty, with chocolate, smoky roast malt and some alcohol. Taste is of delicious coffee. Mouthfeel is medium and dry. Very tasty.
gnoff (8112) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub, on January 21, 2011
Clear very deep dark red to black color, light brown head. Hoppy, citrus, roasted taste where the hops has the upper hand. A bit moussy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Hoppy and roasted aftertaste mixed with coffee and alsochol. Sweet and hoppy scent.
jredmond (5834) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with streets and Andrew. Pours a dark brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is nice fresh hop and slight roast. Flavor is similar - great balance of opposite flavors, almost like a black ipa.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of jredmond. floral, bread, pine.... Some notes of tabbaco. Awesome ipa touch on a porter.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Filled Last night; Sampled January 2011
A vigorous pour into my CCB tulip produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, stained tan colored head that leaves some light lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through it. The beer is a concentrated brown that looks a lot like dark chocolate; when held up to the light the beer shows a deep, concentrated ruby color. The beer smells of lightly herbal hops and dark, toasted malt up front. The toasted grain character gets bigger towards the finish and makes me think of a dense, darkly browned, whole grain bread crust. There is a subtle berry like fruitiness to this beer that is at times drowned out by the toasted malt character. The malt aromatics on this beer are huge, at times they drown out all the other aromatic notes found in this beer, but at other times I am actually able to get notes of orange zest, tangelo peel and even a hint of something like kumquat. I wasn’t expecting the hop character in this beer for some reason, it is dominated by a hugely aromatic malt character that isn’t really roasted, but definitely dark leaning; the hop character does add a nice layer to the nose though.
Bitter hops up front are tempered a bit by a dry, crystal malt sweetness (if that makes any sense) and the beer has a viscousness to it and caramel quality as it sits on the tongue. As the beer slides down my throat the ample hop character comes through in spades by contributing flavors of Curacao orange zest, bright tangelo and kumquat peel as well as an herbal and pine like hop character that is a bit secondary to the fruity hop notes (almost the reverse of the nose). The dark malt and the hop citrus notes really make me think of an orange-oil infused dark chocolate. The finish has a touch of roasted grain burnt notes that has a touch of burnt bitterness to it, but really gets subsumed by the herbaceous hop character of the finish. There are times that this beer can get a bit harsh in the finish; the roast grain mixes with a green, astringent hop character that almost tastes like burnt toothpaste, luckily this isn’t quite so evocative after most sips of this brew.
I am definitely digging the dark beer focus of this brewery, somehow there does seem to be dearth of these around, especially one that executes this well. I really like a well made Brown Ale and this is the second I have had from this brewery and I am looking forward to others. Despite the harsh at times hop flavors this is a beer I am definitely going to enjoy finishing my cute half growler of it.