Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from drowland via Cavie. Black pour with a small brown head. Aroma is alcohol, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is very earthy, coffee, black malt, a little chocolate, and very bitter.
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle big thanks to drowland. Dark brown color with some rose colors. Aroma is sweet chocolate with bakers chocolate. Flavor is toasty chocolate, dark malts and heavy sweetness. Easy finish. Nicely done.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours ultra dark clear brown with lovely reddish hues. Caramel colored head with good staying power. Nose is very deep and rich with tons of roasted dark malt and some espresso and smoke with a hint of chocolate. Thats where the good ends. I found this a real mess to be honest. Tons of hops up front, is this a black ipa? Its probably better suited top it. Massively bitter and soapy with occasional roast peaking through but a disappointing thin mouthfeel. I’m not a fan of this one.
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to drowland! Wow, this one really surprised me, the pour is very dark brown with a nice head that stays through out the entire glass, the aroma is very sweet and the flavor is full of malt with hints of chocolate in the finish. This is a very smooth and drinkable brew, you have to try this one!
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles. Pours a dark brown with a dark roasted malt aroma with a nice hop backbone. Flavor mimics, with the toasted malt character coming through and just enough hops to let you know it is there. The malts in this porter are superb. Great brew.
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours out very dark with mahogany/chocolate edges and loose mocha head. The aroma just after the pour invades everything within a couple of feet with full rich dark fruity esters. A few minutes later a closer inspection reveals the same thicket of dark fruity esters as well as dark chocolate, burnt malts dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, chicory and then a thin layer of chocolate brownie. The taste is bold and rich with a brief pulse of sweet malts and sweet dark fruity esters and then rolling into dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, burnt malts and a growing dark chocolate note. By midway and to the finish a pleasing note of chicory comes to the surface and carries into the after taste with the other notes. Yummy full flavored brew.
nickd717 (3714) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to Blazer06. Pours very dark brown with a one-finger tan head that leaves a nice film. Great hoppy and slightly roast with a little cedar, like a black IPA, CDA, or whatever almost. Cedary and roasty flavor with lots of earth and herbal hops. A little milk chocolate and char. Fairly light, dry, and bitter on the mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Solid beer.
jtclockwork (11244) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to drowland. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of cedar, burnt grain, chocolate, coffee grounds, tobacco, hops roasted malts and vanilla. A little more hoppy than I usually like my porters, but this one worked and was well balanced.
50belair (3021) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I actually drank it out of the bottle, so am going to make this brief. It’s just a little too hoppy for me. I prefer the Puppy’s Breath....
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice earthy/tobacco quality in the nose arising from a mesh of citrus hops and semi-sweet but not rich malt flavors. Taste follows the nose, hops come into the picture early on and linger through to a surprisingly low bitterness finish. Very nice. Good flavor profile, a bit too much of the aforementioned earthiness interfering with the malt flavors I really like in a porter, but it’s a darn good beer and a substantial improvement over some of the recent CCB offerings which have been letdowns.