Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle.Thin tan head and you have to really look for the red. Nice r oasty flavors with a medium body. Starts with a mouthfull of espresso and settles into a nice iced coffee (sans cream). More coffee....mmm...coffee..
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, from BevMo La Jolla. Pours black with garnet highlights and a thin beige head with a trace of lace. Sweet roasty malts, bitter, dark chocolate, coffee beans, a little molasses, prunes and hints of chocolate with floral notes as well. Roasty malts are foremost in the flavor with bitter chocolate and some floral hoppiness, but the roasty, sweetly-bitter malts define the flavor. Medium body, gently creamy carbonation. Though not great, this is a porter that Iíll make a point to drink again.
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is one of the worst beers Iíve had in awhile. The flavor just destroys anthing it has going for it. It may be great to look at (black as night), malty, roasty and coffee in the nose, the flavor of licking the burnt coals in a BBQ pit is just horrendous. This was sickening and I will never buy again. Itís just not palatable. Unfortunately, Iím stuck with another bottle or two.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22 oz bottle: $2.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) This robust porter pours black as an Alaskan moonless night sky, except with a bit of ruddiness at the edges. The tall, creamy, light tan head takes several minutes to settle to a quarter-inch layer, so retention is solid. The nose is mostly ash tray, with dry roast like an Irish Stout, but the familar porter aroma of chocolate is minimized here. Similarly, the flavor is very ashy, dry, bitter and roasty with plenty of coffee-inspired moments cropping up throughout the session. Medium bodied, dry and clean on the palate, average carbonation for the style. A few slashes of lace remain on the glass. Overall, very flavorful and quite well-made, but Iím not a big fan of the dry, ashy beers, so this one isnít especially appealing to me. Iíd have no problems recommending it though.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Darkelf. Pours a black color, impervious to light. A large brown head forms, made up of various sized bubbles and slowly fades to a smaller layer. Great lacing is left behind. Aroma is rich, full of roasted grain, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Body lets me down a bit feeling watery at times. Taste is packed full of roasted grain goodness and a more than ample hop bitterness. Quite a tasty porter, if it had a little more body to it this would be fantastic.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. Very dark red-brown with a medium sized tan head. Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee roastiness in the aroma. Herbal hops and some chocolate up front. These flavors meld into coffee and some hoppy bitterness. Residual roastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat thick and smooth.
bhensonb (11382) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Held to the light, itís a beautiful ruby red. The chocolate is more bakers than milk. The fine carbonation tickles the tongue - this may be unpasteurized. The coffee is more like dregs than fresh - but the bitter aspects ameliorate the effect. Seems to be an elusive hint of cinnamon that ebbs and flows. Very nice porter. Another great creation from Coast Range - and kudos to whoever developed the recipe.
Odeed (1784) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black body with a bubbly brown head that did leave lacing.aroma was of milk and chocolate.flavor was the same with a bit of a milky/sour finish.pretty solid stuff.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown, almost black color with a medium tan head. Very strong roasted coffee aroma and flavor, with a hint of chocolate. Not very complex, but nice. A good session porter.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, opaque brown color with a small beige head. The aroma was not real exciting...some bitter coffee and chocolate tones, but not much. The flavor was better...strong bitter hoppiness/coffee beans up front leading to a smooth dark chocolate aftertaste. Somewhat thinnish feel (although I may be comparing this to a stout (which it sems to be.)) Not bad. This is a great session porter/stout.