jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Initial aroma of soy sauce and/or sesame oil, kinda has an asian aroma... quite roasty aroma once i get past the asian notes... opaque black with a nice small tan head that fades relatively quickly... average to decent lacing... some burnt roasty fruity flavor along with more notes of nutty soy sauce and/or sesame oil... kinda weird...
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a white foam head. Aroma of roast and caramel. Has a sweet to sour roasty taste with caramel notes. The sour is a bit off. Not sure if this is the intended taste or if my bottle was infected.
PorterPounder (7049) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 12 oz bottle. Solid coffee and chocolate and coffee aroma. Dark brown pour, nice thick mocha colored pour with an off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Solid chocolate and coffee aroma. Flavor is nice and thick and oily with solid chocolate and coffee notes. Thickish, rich mouthfeel. Very nice.
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 5, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. deep brown with ruby highlights and almost no head. tobacco and tootsie roll nose. an un-sweet porter with molasses, tobacco, a bit of ash. lightish body and silky. low abv, light body, and low sweetness make this a good quantity drinking beer.
jtclockwork (13483) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to John. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of black malt - lightly smoked. Some light chocolate in background. A little sweetness in the finish. Medium body.
ChainGangGuy (4720) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance: Pours out a near black body with little to show in the head department beyond a scant coating of beige bubbles.
Smell: Roasty, chocolaty malts which, hey, Iím down for, but then thereís a disturbing scent of suspiciously overripened, tart fruit with a light lacquery undertone.
Taste: Roasted chicory and some sweetish hints of chocolate fudge, even less for the caramel element. Touch of licorice, a drop of soy, and then an unceasing tart-tasting sour grape flavor crops up midway. Lightly bitter, a little ashen, but I soon tire of it and traipse off towards the nearest sink.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: No good. Sorry, but Paymasterís Porter just doesnít cut it (not even close) as there are far, far more better porters to be found out there.
CanIHave4Beers (3939) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours the color of dark chocolate with a medium loose-ish head and some lace. The aroma is molasses, vanilla, mocha, and some mild fruity notes. The flavor has a nice roasty coffee and mocha character, a mild bitterness in the back and a tad more sweetness than I usually like, but it works here so what the heck.
For all itís pleasantries there is this weird flavor that I can only describe as odd grape juice throughout that isnít particularly dominant but it makes an otherwise excellent beer just "pretty good"
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in NB Worthy Glass (Guess the description needs changed): Pours a inky purplish brown hue with a small fading head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate, walnut, licorice, prune, bread, herbal hops, slight ashy smoke and leather esters, The taste is twangy dark fruits, slight acidity, small chocolate, bready and toffee malts wrapped around some nice earthy and coffeish notes, mild bitterness. The mouth feel is smooth but a touch under carbonated, ashy finish. For a simple and low ABV porter, this was nicely drinkable but nothing to shout home about. It will be interesting what the BBA version of this lower gravity beer will be like... the next bottle on deck.
wlajwl (5499) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent maltiness with a slight acidity in the aftertaste. Could be a little more robust in flavor, but the best in the sampler pack.
Capa (2566) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black with a beige head. Roasted malt, coffee, mild dark fruit, light wood and milk notes. Thin bodied. Roasty, light cocoa, sweet malts. with a bit of fruit. Pretty solid porter.