SODAK14 (310) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brew with a little coffee and chocolate taste. Nice aroma and a little sweet. Not much head at all on this one. I think your friends who don’t care for dark beers would enjoy this Pile o Dirt!
Jow (2841) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at home via trade to get me some Dakotas since my trip fell through this summer. Dark brown pour. Faint nose of nestle chocolate. Tastes of cocoa nibs, cola, earth, brown sugar, vanilla, hint of molasses. Everything subdued and semi sweet. Could use punch up
seymour (1706) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a cool-looking 12oz can into a dimple mug, thanks so much Greg! Opaque dark reddish brown with sudsy beige foam which fell to a thin but persistent head, some lace. A perfectly true-to-style English Porter, though it may not fit every American craft beer drinkers’ idea of Porter. Malty and caramelly, hint of toffee, pure dark chocolate, nuts, loads of dark stone fruit and berry flavours: tart cherry, black plum, grapeskins, black currant, cranberry. Strong Black Malt impression, in the Yorkshire/Ringwood/Kennebunkport style. Estery ale yeast, earthy/woodsy/resiny Fuggle-ish hop balance. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, very complex aftertaste, somehow simultaneously rich and dry. So very good. South Dakotans may not have much local beer, but with stuff like this in cans, you wouldn’t need much else!
miyauchi38 (880) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barreras (1318) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cola brown color with a slight roasted malt aroma. Taste is similar with a light oatmeal flavor throughout. A dry aftertaste, with a roasted nut flavor. A nice Porter, thanks to John Mosquera.
DesertDevil (670) - Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. can. It has a cola aroma similar to Dr Pepper along with a heavy amount of charred barley, earthy hops, a bit of toffee, and (appropriate given the name) a touch of gardening soil. Pours clear dark brown with cherry wood highlights; no head. Airy chocolate and a slightly vegetal bitterness combine for a pleasant balanced taste with a hint of burnt toast and brown sugar. The body is spot on for a porter; bitter cocoa finish. A decent brew.
DuffMan (8152) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can, shared at RBSG. Medium-dark brown, beige head. Treacle and chocolate, dry finish, a tad thin. But who cares-- South Dakota tick!
BuckeyeBoy (3839) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can pours out dark brown topped with a ring of a head. Nose is roast malts chocolate and some sweetness. Taste is more of the roast malts and chocolate.
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a large soapy head. The aroma has dark caramel, chocolate, dates, figs, molasses and walnuts. It has a medium body with a light amount of carbonation. The body is a little on the slick side. The taste starts off with roast, a woody version of chocolate, dark berries, some oxidation and a bit of harsh roast/toast. The finish is pretty woody and has some cocoa. Decent porter. Thanks to gregwilsonstl for passing this on along to me.
phaleslu (7824) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. can from shrubber85 - thanks again, Roger! Pours a mostly clear amber-brown with a small beige head that settles into a ring and leaves some spots of film in the glass. Notes of chocolate and toasted and mild roasted malts, tobacco, earth, brown sugar, and mellow spice. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, toasty, sweet mouthfeel. A little past its prime, but not a bad porter. Simple.
alexsdad06 (7218) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can thanks to phaleslu (my first South Dakota tick). Pours a clear cola brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have pretty much what I would expect from a basic porter, roasted malt, some fruity character, ash, mild bitterness, the body is thin, some earthy hops late, new state tick though, winning.