Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge thanks to Eric (Holland) for giving me this as an extra(!!). 500 ml bottle served in a CBS snifter.
A: Pours a solid black color with a brown head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap and collar that leaves some nice sticky, soapy lace down the glass.
S: Roasted malts and coffee beans up front. Some light bakers chocolate and some toffee.
T: The taste is transcendent. Milk chocolate, nice roasted malts and some chocolate covered espresso beans all fill my mouth and run across my taste buds. Delicious vanilla sweetness with a light toffee richness to it. The finish is a little bitter bakers chocolate, a hint of burnt sugar and some light molasses as well.
M: Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Medium low carbonation with a nice combination of roast and sweet notes on the finish with just a hint of dryness. The drinkability is off the charts.
O: This is an incredibly decadent treat. Rich and creamy with great notes of roast, chocolate and espresso. This is the best porter money can buy. I will be seeking this out again, and very soon.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-02-2012
CanIHave4Beers (3350) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours a deep black with a small but well retained head and nice lacing on the glass.
The atom is lightly sweet & very rich with nice roasty/chocolaty notes. The hoppiness is mild but noticeable throughout.
The flavor is a little ashy with lots of roasty malt. It’s got a nice hop flavor which lends to some bitterness but more of that seems derived from the roasty malt character. The beer has some berry and dried fruit fruitiness that ties in well with everything else going on.
Geeze Louise it’s nice porter, sheesh!
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Jackie O’s during the 9th Anniversary Extravaganza on 12/05/14. Opaque brown-black color with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes gradually to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and hops. Medium creamy body with flavors of charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and earthy hops. The finish is roasty with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Very good Porter overall.
DrSilverworm (6926) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Jackie-O’s. Shared with friends. Black color, from what I can see. Thin ring of light brown head. some bits of lace. Wonderful super robust roastiness, dark fruit, wonderful natural coffee hints, smoke, and dark chocolate. Moderate-plus bitter taste, some savory, moderate sweet. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, crisp, lighter carbonation, light dry finish. Not as thick or chewy as many of my favorite porters (that often feel more like stouts), but this is very good and thick in a classic porter kind of way. Wonderful robust complex porter, without pretending to be a stout. Very nice stuff. Would probably be fantastic to enjoy with a meal. Nice long chocolately, mildly roasty aftertaste.
Clownoisseur (264) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a snifter glass. Appears near-black, thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, slight char, light coffee and a bit of earth. Taste is robust chocolate/coffee out of the gate. Nice mild bitterness compliments a slightly chewy/sticky malt body. Finishes with some more roast, earth, moderate bittering hops and a slight sweetness. Really nice porter.
ineedbeer (880) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes taken during a tasting a couple weeks back.
Aroma has a nice roast note with faint chocolate. Light notes of dark fruit with hints of tobacco and leather.
Pours dark brown with moderately thick, dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.
Flavor is very roast forward with light chocolate character. Lighter notes of tobacco and leather with light notes of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice porter but not necessarily an exceedingly special one. I found the roast character a bit strong in the flavor.
mathieuc (1490) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 Many, many thanks to tom10101 for this one! Finally I can rate it! Pours a really dark brown with a thin beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of coffee, char and slight hops. Some nuts. Taste is of chocolate, moderately bitter. Some coffee and alcohol, licorice. Not too sweet. Body is full and carbonation moderately low. Smooth and lightly sticky. Nice and comforting!
smith4498 (3064) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a trade with WillRunForBeer. Pours dark brown color with light brown head. Roasted malt and chocolate aromas. Slightly bitter roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate flavors. Full body with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Excellent! Thanks Brian.
hackobock (1705) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 10, 2014. On tap at M&F. Black with a dense tiny brown head. Aroma is sweet and salty licorice, roasted coffee, nuts, dark fruits. Taste is light sweet licorice, vanilla with a medium roasted chocolate and coffee bitterness. Finish is light sweetness, medium roasted, salty licorice. Medium bodied, average carbonation.
Desverger (2373) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@Mikkeller Bar (Viktoriagade) during Hill Farmstead EXTRAVAGANZA event/weekend - Black pour with good tan had. Dark roasted malty aroma and taste with prominent coffee, nutty. chocolate, caramel, luxuriantly smooth mouthfeel, lovely porter this.
ansalon (1591) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Hill Farmstead tap takeover, Mikkeller Bar Viktoriagade October 10th. Pours black with a low tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, roasted nuts and some brown sugar. Just fantastic on the nose - it all is exceptionally well integrated. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, nuts, honey, slight vanilla and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with low carbonation. Hands down the best porter I’ve had by far.