ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed 2/18/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. Itís not completely opaque at all, like many porters tend to be. The head is a one finger offwhite shade that fades into a thin film with some collaring around the edge of the glass.
S: A fairly chocolaty porter; itís more dry than milky sweet, though. Some nuts, dark unroasted malts, and hazelnut coffee tie these qualities together. Not particularly grabbing or expressive, but good.
T: Even drier than the nose suggested. There are some roasted nuts to start, some lactose cream flavors in the midtaste, and a finish of coffee with just a hint of dry chocolate. I also notice a twinge of finishing hops; not just in the light bitterness, but with the mildly acidic and mineral-esque kick in the aftertaste, as well.
M: Light bodied, with good carbonation, and a crisp, dry finishing kick. About what I expect from a porter.
O: For better or worse, itís a standard porter. Granted, itís a standard porter thatís executed quite well; however this lacks many qualities that would enable it to stand out from its brethren. Itís one to consider purchasing, but perhaps not one to seek out.
hfmejias (890) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate combined with roast malts and maybe a hint of hops. Taste sweet and smokey, chocolate, coffee mild floral hoppiness, that is very well balanced and gives this porter a nice character. Enjoyable.
boxofrane (2294) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Mariís. Pours black with some red around the edges. There is a huge tan head on top that sticks around. Mild carbonation in the glass. The aroma is ultra roasty with some lightbitter chocolate present. Very limited complexity. The taste has a nice chocolate kick with some extra sweetness, almost a mocha flavor on the finish. There is a huge carbonation kick on this that nearly stings the tongue.
Foxbush (1369) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle This was a gift from a friend while at Snowshoe. The porter poured a deep black with mahogany edges. The tan head stayed with the beer with lacing that was limited. This is a joy to drink with the nutty nose and some dark chocolate notes. There is a hint of licorice and some smokiness. The carbonation was soft but suited the porter. The finish was well balanced and pleasant.
BVery (7261) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle via trade - thanks Chris! Very dark pour with a monster carbonated head. This one tastes quite sour - kind of drowns out the chocolate and roasted coffee that Iím sure is supposed to be front and center with this beer. Possibly infected?
Leafs93 (1792) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish black with an off white head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast and some smoke. Taste is sweet with light bitters and a hint of tartness. Medium bodied with a thin texture.
chicowv (470) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Pours a dark, chestnut brow, almost black. Little tan head dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malts, grassy hops, slight smokey vanilla and licorice. Taste is a big malt profile with a hint of almost burned coffee beans thrown in. Cocoa, slight spruce hop finish. Sweet on the front and slightly bitter on the finish. Slick on the palate, slides down easy. Pretty good.
fiveacestx (680) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - pours jet black with so much foam that I had to wait to pour the rest in the glass. I did detect a a chocolate and smoke flavor but for the most part this brew just wasnít all that appealing. The mouthfeel seemed really thin as well. Drinkable but it wonít be on my want list again.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black witha small tan head. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, and caramel. Taste is coffee, chocolate, smoke, and vanilla.
BREWMUSKCLES (2325) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
some acrid smoke a touch of caramel and plastic. after some time a juicy citrus fruity plastic seems evident. more time produces the disjointed different grains. perhaps infected. body on the lighter side of moderate and foam is caustic and weak.