obguthr (5486) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like a plastic strawberry shortcake doll that my sister used to have in the 1980s. I’m no doll sniffer, it was supposed to smell like strawberries. It had some weird kind of artificial berry perfume to make it smell that way. Clear garnet, medium yellow head, good lacing. Mulberry flavor, slightly tart. Apple core at midpalate. I’m not a fan of fruit flavored porters, but this was respectable.
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Barley Johns. Clear reddish mahogany pour. Blueberry and spruce comes out, with a little coffee. Slightly sour finish.
kathouse (1556) - Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap pours deep mahogany brown with a thick frothy foam. Grainy aroma has low fruit and coffee. Medium body. Blueberry and coffee flavors would be ok by themselves but don’t mix well together. Finish is like aluminum.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Light toasted malty flavor with a sourish aftertaste.
odinstyr (728) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light brown with a small tan head. Smells of spruce, chocolate. Taste is bitter and moderately sweet, spruce, blackberry, hint of chocolate.
maxwelldeux (4322) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head. Nose is rather toasty, but not all that strong. Taste is actually a bit sour at the end, which is interesting. Not hugely flavorful, but not bad.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bomber to flight glass. Bad. Just plain bad. Any aroma and flavor was artificial and chemicalesque. A dud for all six of us that split it.
Pailhead (6377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, and pine. It pours a reddish-brown that is mostly transparent when held to the light. It has a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The finish has mild pine and faint roast. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a slightly hazed very deep brown hue with a small, off-white head with marginal head retention. Aromas are of cocoa, milk chocolate, dark fruits, bitter, earthy, berries, licorice, iodine, nutty, high protein grain, toasty. Coffee, molasses, fruity. Flavors are of roast, cola, molasses, and jammy berries. Pretty dry. Mild rustic, resiny, earthy character. Smooth roast, tart red wine. Clean albeit dry finish. Not bad. Bitter finish. Moderate carbonation, thin. Not bad
Lowe1983 (1486) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and roasted malts. Slight hint of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is sweet as well with so roasted malts. Only a small hint of some alcohol warming as well.