maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear copper body with a small tan head. Sweet caramel and toasty malt aroma. Big roast and chocolate flavor with some toasty malt. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle sampled at the brewery. Pours just about black with a light brown head. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with a few notes of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is likewise roasted malt with just a bit of coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied. Very nice, solid porter.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at Tap NY. Benchwarmer? It’s better than that, maybe a fourth starter or a utility infielder that plays a few times a week. Taste is pretty smoky with the malts shining through. It’s not a very powerful beer, but the taste is solid and it goes down easy.
deyholla (7449) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a brown head that starts at the edges dissipates completely. Aroma is a combination of roasted malts, dark grains and a bit of a dry coffee note. Flavor begins with roasted malts and finishes with a dry coffee note but is a bit thin. Not bad, just middle of the road.
probstblueribbon (3175) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 fl oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 15AL11.
App.: Deep brown-black with a decent grey-tan head.
Aroma: Quite bright and fruity, old apple juice, not good.
Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence, a touch astringent.
Flav.: Earthy cardboard, old apple juice, some restrained dark malts, not good; dry with some bitterness and a kinda watery, vegetal, vague finish.
Not good. Drain pour.
bhensonb (11901) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Half Time. Pours very dark brown with a creamy/foamy beige/tan head. Aromas of chocotate and burnt malt. Med body. Flavor is quite bitter. That might be burnt malt, hop or coffee. Whichever it’s dry and bitter in the finish.Chocolate notes persist throughout.
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of MaltDawg. Pours clear dark brown with an average to large beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, chocolate, roasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates and leather. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, chocolate, roasted), light hops (earthy, woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, prunes, and dates. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, and low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Sample Date: 1/15/2011 Source:Other) Light graininess and chocolate malts. Clear dark amber brown with small white head. Earthy oxidized notes. Bottle may be a bit dated. Dry finish with some roast and moderate bitterness.
Drake (9932) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of MaltDawg at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Thanks! Pours a clear dark reddish brown. Large brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, a bit of a tart note. The taste is roasted malts, a milky note, tart fruity finish. Medium bodied. Decent. Maybe a bit past its prime.
pete4999 (1166) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown. Smells definitely of coffee and chocolate. Heavy on the chocolate. Taste is similar, but it’s not as heavy as a big stout. Easy to drink for the style. Enjoyable.