cheap (4525) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Shared a 22 oz bomber with others. Pour is dark and nearly black but not opague. Has a roasty porter or stoutish aroma; sweet, annisette, licorice and dark. Pretty bitter initially for something that is not Baltic. But that bitterness fades after you have it in your mouth for a few moments. Taste after taste the bitterness re-appears and builds. Very low carbonation. Not as well behaved as yuenglings porter or other more refined examples. Roasty burnt back of throat palate like you ate some meat that was charred on the grill. Did you ever taste beer that was filtered thru the coals of an old wet campfire?
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
As I pour this beer, the stream shows a clear, deep, reddish, dark chocolate brown color, but it sits in the glass an almost black color. The head is a light brown to dark brown colored head that starts out at about two-fingers in height. The aroma smells of a lightly chocolate accented mocha, a dry toasted biscuit or cracker like malt aroma. This has a typical dark malt driven, Porter nose to it that captures the essence of a Porter well.
Almost creamy-like, with a medium heft to it that coats the mouth with a lightly sticky malt character. Dark, burnt fruit notes of figs, prunes and perhaps some raisin notes add some complexity and are accentuated by the malt derived sweetness. Reminiscent of something like a chocolated coated malt-ball that has a powdered espresso shell. The burnt malts contribute a sharp, yet light bitterness as well as a touch of tannic astringency and even a hint of acidity to the finish. At times the sweetness makes me think of caramel coated cherries, though the cherry notes are definitely quite muted. Perhaps it gets a bit too astringent from some roughly roasted American malts, but this is fairly minor.
This is a nice Porter, there is nothing that sets off as being particularly unique, but it is tasty and quite enjoyable. I would certainly be happy to have another.
jason (1727) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 Bottle thanks to Kramer17801. Poured a deep black body with nice head. Faint aroma of chocolate, creamy coffee. Flavor has a slight chocolate bitetrness to it, light sugar. Decent mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Brewskis in Fayetteville. Dark brown, small layer of light tan. Toffee/butterscotch aroma, a bit of try toast. Full dry toasty flavor, transitioning to a rather buttery finish. I like a bit of diacetyl in my dark beer, but it might be a little heavy here. Still, not bad.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle- color of almost black , with a thick dark tan head - nose of mocha cappuccino, some nuttyness , vanilla , and alcohol – taste of bitter sweet chocolate , malt , milky , and slightly roasted - body is smooth, but a little on the watery side, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of slightly tart, and raspberries
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, via STEPHENDR. Pours a very dark brown body under a fizzy brown head one finger in height. A thick coating of lacing remained as it receded. Aroma is chocolaty and roasty with a dry chalky note. A little yeast, burnt coffee, and roasted peanuts. Flavor is roasty with a little burnt malt astringency and a dry chalkiness up front. Finishes dry with a good amount of lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat watery texture and moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was OK, but I think a little heavy handed on the roasted malt and lacking on the chocolate malt.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very nice with a thick head on it. Take a while to settle down. Has a great base and a smooth taste. Traditional hard aftertaste of a porter.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with ruby edges, quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma is coffee, caramel, espresso, toffee. Taste is coffee, toffee, light caramel, some milk chocolate to it, lightly mettalic. Good porter.
after4ever (6635) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Thanks, Tever! Jet black. Thick, bubbly tan head that falls to just a film before too long. Humongous coffee and roasty nose. Probably the most coffee-like porter I’ve had. Big coffee on the attack, too, and plenty more throughout the palate. Rich roasts and almonds and a bit of semi sweet chocolate everywhere, but more and more the closer the finish gets. Finish lands dry and nutty and a little puff of hoppy. This is fantastic stuff. Thanks, Tom!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Naven. Pours a darkdark brown almost black with a bit of tan foamy head. Very pleasant nose with notes of rosted coffee beans and bakers chocolate. I let it warm in the glass whilst I cooked supper and was able to enjoy a room temp glass of roasted malty chocolatey brew that was perfect with a plate of soy chicken.