Strykzone (5062) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Mlots of red in this. A nice beige head. Lots of malts hete. Chocolate and coffee. Hs are very soft. This is decent and even understated.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Adding a point because the beer gets better as it warms. Bottle poured dark brown with beige head. Malty aroma. Medium bodied, with some bittersweet chocolate. Chocolate finish with mild spicy hop
nuplastikk (4697) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared by Anndiesel. Deep red-brown, steady thin beige head. Mellow caramel, coffee, toffee aroma. Quite dry and bitter in the finish, Mellow balanced chocolate and caramel tones and a bitter, soapy, dry hop bite. On the fuller side of medium bodied, Enjoyable, well executed.
Nephilium (1406) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice roasty aroma, with hints of chocolate. Pours a clear ruby red, with a full off-white head. Great roasted flavor, with hints of chocolate and a touch of coffee. Long, lingering roasted finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, and a bit thin. Overall a really solid porter.
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, biscuit, citrus, and herbal hops. Some pretty standard porter aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, herbal, coffee, and citrus. A decent amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, and citrus on the finish for a bit. Nice evenly balanced blend of roasted and hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink; with almost no alcohol warming present on the finish. Overall this is a nice and straightforward porter. Nice balance of flavors and quite enjoyable.
Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour from a 22oz bottle. Dark brew with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, a little corn-like funk. Taste is dominated by the malts - sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee... starts sweet and finishes moderately sweet. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad but not a standout.
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of roast, chocolate, and nuts which are mixed with some musty/funky notes (brett-like?). It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a large beige head with good retention and lots of soapy lacing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate and caramel. The finish has light-moderate roasted and a hint of some funky lemon notes. It’s light-medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, it seems like the beginnings of an infection could be setting in.
Sammy (8910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very drinkable porter. Nothing extreme, just a good balance of malt and bitterness, though would have liked somewhat more of the latter. Black, with complementary dark brown bubbly head. Some licorice in the aroma. Slightly above average mouthfeel.
jtclockwork (8896) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of vanilla, lightly roasted chocolate malt, fresh coffee and earthy grains. Medium body.
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, cereal, caramel, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Not too much better than (or different from) the 825 State stout...clunky malt character, rather sweet. Meh.