pete4999 (1347) - 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.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, cream, chocolate, and slight coffee. Poured dark brown/ruby in color with a very small, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. A couple of small particles. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, hops, and hints of nuts and wood. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter, malt, chocolate, coffee, and and slight caramel finish is dry.
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: I thought this was a great porter. sweet, chocolate malts, sweet smooth. nice head. simple and tasty. Body was a bit thin, and some soapy aftertones. great pub beer.
jtclockwork (12131) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Almost black pour. Very light hop malt flavor and slight chocolate aroma. Not bad, just very basic. Rated 8/24/08
Nickls (2164) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Very dark brown, edging on black with ruby colors, with a thinner light tan head. Aroma has coffeeish/bittersweet chocoate, with some roasted characteristics (not as much as expected). Roasted malt sweetness, notes of chocolate (didn’t pick up too much coffee in the taste). Lighter MF for the style, but still weighty. Lower carbonation. This is a decently drinkable porter. The lighter body still carries a lot of great flavors. Overall, this is a solid porter.
Leighton (16259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very good porter. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thin though thick beige head. It subsides quickly but does leave significant lacing. Aroma is light, notes of caramel and roasted malts, and just hints of coffee. Flavor is restrained yet satisfying. Strong malt backbone, moderate sweetness. Dry and lightly smokey in the finish. Very mild bitterness, some stickiness. Body is medium, the alcohol seems to add some nice depth but isn’t really perceivable - which to me is good. The flavor would benefit from a bit more complexity, but overall this is a strong example.
MrBeerFanatic (921) - Friona, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark midnight fizzy bodied, with a fizzy laced head(wow I cant tell the difference by looking between this and Pepsi). Aromas of cocoa, chocolate, caramel, coffee, with undertones of spiced hops. Flavors of coffee/chocolate up front with subtle notes of caramel. Very bubbly on the palate. Lightly bitter dry finish. To much carbonation in this, as it deludes the flavors slightly. A porter I wish was on tap at my local bars.
jb (2697) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty nose, roasted and toasted, cola + a touch of coffee. Not a wonder to look at, ok, dark, thin head. Palate is sweet, nutty, cola flavored, nice body, decent beer.
Lubiere (11889) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A deep reddish brown porter woth a thin moka head. In aroma, a good mix of chocolate and butterscotch. In mouth, a smooth powdery chocolate with metallic hops, a bit of butterscotch, herbal mineral notes. Tasted at CNY brewfest, Feb. 6 2010.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no noticeable freshness or born on date on the bottle.
Appearance: The body has a dark black look with a very dark reddish brown hue when held up to light. On top is a tan colored foamy head. It slowly fades down to a thin wisp covering that makes some slick lacing.
Smell: Its aroma has dark bready notes with some dark roasted and chocolaty barley malt. Hop notes are very mild and add a very light herbal quality to the overall aroma.
Taste/Palate: There is a dark bready base with lots of dry, roasted, toasted and chocolaty maltiness. There is a very mild toffee like sweetness underneath that I really like. Hop flavor is well balanced for the style and adds plenty of dry herbal notes to the mix. It finishes very dry with dark chocolaty, toasted and very light coffee notes. The palate has strong medium body with a smooth texture and mellow carbonation.
Notes: This is just a good solid Porter. It is very enjoyable, very sessionable and easily my favorite beer from the Cooperstown Brewery.