Clevohardcore (2) - Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Why did Crooked River leave Cleveland? Man this stuff rocked so hard and then it was gone. My brand of choice. So many good beers. Now a brewery in Maryland is crafting it? Someone please explain.
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2001
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Delicious chocolate and coffee flavors come out in the glass. Nice bitterness from the hops, which I really enjoy. Full body and loaded with that tasty bitter/sweet flavor. This is a sturdy porter that deserves more attention. This one won a gold at Great American Beer Festival a few years ago if I’m not mistaken. I can see why. Consistently great.
bwilson (14) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very dark red-brown ale, with a complex citrus/coffee aroma (most noticable when poured at cellar temperature.) Flavors of chocolate and caramel malts do not over-power the palate. Clean, strong, lingering bitterness. This is a rare example of a hearty, drinkable, balanced and refined porter.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2003 Roast and chocolate aroma. Very dark brown with a small tan head. Roasted, chocolatey, sweet flavor. Bittersweet finish.
dlovell2 (1553) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt aroma with citrus hop. Roasted malt flavor with smokey flavors. Chocolate notes and hop finish.
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Lots of roasted and toasted malts--almost a smokey aroma. Very rich and inviting.
Appearance: Black with a tan head that dissipates too quickly.
Taste:Initial bitterness immediately balanced by a medium sweetness. As it finishes, the beer dances between the two, with the bitter winning out in the end. Really well developed and balanced, though.
Palate: Medium-full body, slick texture, average carbonation, long finish.
Overall: This is really well put together beer. I’m not blown away by it, but I’d stock it in my fridge without question.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
this is my favorite porter for ’drinkability’, or could I call it a ’session’ porter? Not too thick, yet not thin.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crooked River Robust Porter pours to a deep brown/black color with a creamy tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is just packed with robust aromas of dark malt, roast, espresso coffee, and some piney hop aromatics. The palate is firm with lots of big, robust dark malt flavors, flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and big roasty flavors coat the tongue. This beer finishes with more of those good dark chocolate and coffee flavors up front, then ends with a dry, roasty, and slightly piney hop bitterness that lingers.
This is an excellent example of robust porter, one that is well worth seeking out if you enjoy porters and stouts.
ravidesai (951) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 22, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a nice dark porter. a little on the sweet side.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - MAR 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good porter overall, nice dark color, good head, slightly bitter hop finish. I slightly prefer Yuengling Porter(maybe since I’ve drank more of it)...but a hidden gem among porters.