Nsanders (884) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2016
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Old Chicago Olathe. Deep brown with a decent sized creamy head. Vanilla bean, tootsie roll, light earthiness and sheet cake. Has an initial burst of sweetness and then falls flat quickly. Lighter body with a crisp feel.
vikingguy (993) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, small head. Vanilla and light roasted malt. Taste - light roasted malt and light vanilla. No surprises. Pleasant and no off flavors. Easy drinking Porter.
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UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Short’s in Iowa City. Arrived in a shaker pint.
Appearance: Arrived as a glass of black (in the bar lighting) liquid, with almost no head - just a thin, patchy cap.
Smell: Sweet caramel and blackstrap, with hints of a lightly roasted coffee and a heavy dose of vanilla extract.
Taste: Actually, somewhat bland. There are flavors of light coffee, chocolate, and vanilla, but they seem rather thin and dispersed. Supporting them is quite possibly the lightest malt backbone I’ve tasted in a porter, almost not present.
Mouthfeel: Quite light and thin, and light on the carbonation as well. This goes down quickly, as it feels as though it has little substance.
Overall: Not exactly a game-changer or favorite for me. I’ll likely not repeat this one.
superspak (3964) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/2015. Pours lightly hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, and light earthy hop notes; with very poor strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, brown bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balanced and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is was a pretty solid English porter style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The aromas were nearly non existent, but the flavors were well done and pleasantly enjoyable.
lbianchi66 (220) - FRANCE - DEC 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Robe brune avec des reflets cuivrés.
Arômes vanille, biscuit. Goût vanille, céréales, caramel. Final biscuit. Moyennement longue en bouche. Une bonne porter.
mjmoen (222) - - OCT 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank from the bottle. Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors and aromas. Not sure about this one...
alliance100 (1082) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle - pours a dark brown with thin off white head . Faint cocoa aroma . More hops present than I would have expected . Meh ... Ok
ozzy70 (347) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pour is dark brown. Quickly diminishing off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and some vanilla. Taste was coffee, malty and slightly sweet. Very good.
zoucrew102 (1086) - - JUL 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Pours deep brown with a thin tan head with decent retention and some lacing. Starts starts with roasted malt flavors but a fairly light body for a porter. Finishes smooth with the sweet chocolate and vanilla characteristics really coming forward for a nice ending. Nice vanilla porter despite the lack of body.
Finhead (1483) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with a white head. The aroma has mild vanilla with some malty roast. It has a medium body with average carbonation. The taste is mildly bitter with a dry finish.