argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, thanks GT2. Small tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, milk chocolate, some roast, light earthy. Soft light-medium body.
anders37 (17614) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Emmasdad (thanks Dan ) poured a clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, earthiness, light licorice, light roastiness and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and light licorice with a smooth lingering roasty cocoa finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle gifted by Ratman. Pours black with an average, creamy tan head, medium-long retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy coffee, chocolate, roast, and nutty malt with light earthy hops and dark fruit notes of prune and dates; some licorice notes late. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and roast malt with light hop notes and dark fruits; dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
Tmoney99 (11094) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal frothy off-white head that was mostly diminished with little lacing. Solid roasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium chalky finish of moderate duration. A beer that did not meet my expectations.
alexsdad06 (5906) - Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The nose has chocolate, roasted malt with a slightly nutty note. The flavor shows similar qualities as the nose, but is very powdery and chalky, to the point that it is distracting. Finish is dry with mild bitterness. Get rid of the chalky component and this would have been decent.
ben4321 (4097) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 6/8/11
Aroma: The nose is slightly roasty, some caramel, and a littke chocolate
Appearance: The pour is brown with a creamy light brown-beige head
Flavor: The taste is medium sweet, caramel and roast, fairly light earthy bitterness as well
Palate: The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, light-medium body, and slightly dry on the finish
This was a solid porter, nothing too exciting going on, but all the necessary components were present. There isnít a ton more to add beyond that, just a solid beer.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the bottle at SAVOR 2011.
Poured a brown to dark brown with a small off-white head and some sparse lace on the way down. The nose brought some chocolate and roast but there was also quite a bit of grainy astringency, much like there was with the DIPA. Unfortunate, as the nose started out promising. Flavor was grainy with some chocolate, roast, and coffee. Mildly astringent and dry in the finish after a medium body. Good attempt, but the grain issue needs to be dealt with.
Serving type: bottle
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Wine Rack in Hot Springs. Pours dark brown with nice sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel. Finishes dry and roasty. Solid porter and first Arkansas tick.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jzzbassman sent me a tickerís delight box, tearing a swath across the vacant states littering the south and midwest. This lovely pour is one of those bottles. Black like an IRS. Head is quickly dissipating, but fluffy, tan. Nose is roasted malt and dark oats with a really good dose of cocoa. I donít want to even sip this bad boy til itís warmed up a bit. Taste is much different from the nose. Malts are not as roasty as they are smoky. Sweet and barbecue with the smoke. Still a hint of roast and a hint of cocoa, but not much more. Lotsa sweet malt and rich smoke. Not quite bacon or campfire, but present. Thanks a bunch for this íun.