jbruner (1694) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at RBWG! Pours a translucent brown with a pillowy khaki head and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted barley, soy sauce, and a hint of burnt copper. Taste is mostly the dark malts, with a hint of stale bread and smooth, thin finish. Decent, but nothing very exciting.
burg326 (2747) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce beer shared at RBWG brought by GT2, thanks dor the share. Poured a dark brown color with aromas of light chocolate, roasted malt, earth, and some ash. Flavors were burnt chocolate, ash and earth. Decent porter overall, thanks for bringing my first DC tic.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Pours brown with a creamy, beige cap. Burnt milk chocolate nose. Light to medium sweet flavor, some mellow tang, burnt toast, baking cocoa, light bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Some char to finish, tangy dark malts, bitter earth. So so.
STL_Drew (152) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One finger head, mostly diminishing, light brown head, black color, nice roasted aroma, slight roasted/ chocolate flavor, I like this beer.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a tight knit tan film.
Aroma: Chocolaty roast, light hop fragrance.
Taste: Roasted malt, a touch smokey. A little bit of pleasant tartness too.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: A very drinkable porter, not a thing wrong with it. I would like to try this on draft and barrel aged.
Aniela (2230) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer with a minimal beige head. Coffee, chocolate aroma with some tar notes. Similar flavour with some smokey notes. Nice porter :-)
radio_nowhere (596) - Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into snifter glass. Deep brown color with a finger of brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and dark coffee. Some dark fruit and some vanilla notes. Taste is the aroma, roasted malt sweetness with some smokiness character. Balanced with faint bitter hops. Medium mouth-feel, oily, smooth and creamy. Lasting coffee and bitter hop aftertaste. Very good stuff, add this to the canning line.
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for sharing this one evening. It might have been a bit past its prime but showed some promise. I would love to try a fresh bottle to see if it is better (as I suspect).
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base offers promise of a rich experience. A chocolately mocha head releases coffee, chocolate, and sweet hints. The evidence of problems comes in the form of a slightly bitter tang.
Flavor / Palate - Tartness permeates through the coffee. If it were intentional I’d say it works well but knowing it should not be there detracts from a balanced profile. Take that away and this would be a nice run of the mill local.
MadRobin (1398) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Opaque deep brown with 2-finger brown head and very good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, charred toast, roasted dark coffee, dark fruit, licorice, vanilla and grain.
Tasted of over-roasted dark coffee, grain, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, licorice and caramel. A bitter, charred start slides into more complex, fruity flavors and finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. Robust and wonderful.
Full/medium body and medium carbonation.
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jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, super pitch black coloured body with a dense, three centimetre tall deep light brown head - about 80% opaque in the body with a hint of cola colours coming through when held to a light. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, concord grapes, grass, nuts and a hint of spice. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty malt flavour with oatmeal and milk notes perceptable with a hint of squash, but the caramel comes out along with a bit of figs and a good amount of milk sourness and sugars. Aftertaste shows quite a bit of body with the malt really picking up any other flavours, some caramel sugars and a hint of light fruitiness at the end. Overall, a nice and rather full-bodied (for a porter) beer with an emphasis on caramelised sugars, roasted malt and lactic notes - definitely good to sample, and although not easy to find, worth searching out for. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Fern Street Gourmet in Alexandria, Virginia on 07-July-2012 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington a few hours before the 2013 Inauguration here, on 20-January-2013.