CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle shared by GT2: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel and nutty nose with a touch of diacetyl. Starts with decent fullness and toasty dark maltiness with a touch of burnt popcorn and dark chocolate before a drier bittersweet finish. An average porter at best. Could use a little more body and complexity.
Travlr (17644) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Another country rate, this time from Oklahoma. Clear maroon brown, small tan head. Aroma of boozy chocolate syrup. Taste is light cocoa powder and american coffee. The style actually blends well with the dark but light bodied African beers we had earlier in the tasting.
argo0 (12494) - 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 (20410) - Malmö, 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 (11748) - 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 (11047) - San Diego, California, 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 (12402) - 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 (7415) - 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 (5046) - 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 isn’t a ton more to add beyond that, just a solid beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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