Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Sort of middle of the road for a porter, but it was tasty and was very easy to drink. Fairly complex in the malt department, but needed a little more hop balance. It tasted better than it smelled.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark red that basically looked black in the glass with a large, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, milk and sour coffee; a little dar and sour fruit; hints of licorice and cola; and ever so slight hints of soured milk and vinegar. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly bitter, light to moderately sour and lightly acidic with a sort of short finish. There was coffee, caramel, sour coffee, a little cola, slight licorice, bakers chocolate, hot cocoa mix, dark and sour fruit, black cherry, very dark chocolate and tobacco. The medium body was oily with tingly carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.
Nattyicerulz (8) - USA - NOV 2, 2011 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad, got this from a friend when she was in Delmar. She was not a porter fan but really enjoyed this one in particular. I can see why, the taste and nose are awesome, all the coffee and smokiness that you would expect with a porter. The palate i felt was lacking, i wanted more. Overall very enjoyable, but not caseworthy
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured clear, deep brown with garnet highlights and a short beige head. The aroma picked up ashy black patent roast, smoked malts, and bakerís chocolate.. light vanilla and earthy accents.. not greatly exciting, but not bad. The flavor found mostly chocolate and smoked malts, with lots of ashy roast and earthy bitterness around.. just a tad peppery on the finish. Medium-bodied and very dry on the palate.. lots of roast.. good feel and flow.
properhops (88) - - SEP 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgdTdgwjrKI
Appearance: Black, 2-finger tan head hangs out for a couple sips, above average lacing
Smell: Cherry, coffee, roasted malts, carmel + earthiness, bit of nuttiness
Taste: Medium body, smoky, turkish coffee, chalky chocolate finish, mild bitterness, high carbonation
Pairings: Pork barbecue, fish & chips
DiarmaidBHK (3170) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black from bottle with a thin khaki rapidly disappearing head. not a lot going on with the aroma. Not getting a lot of maltiness on the tongue. Finish is dry. It tastes like a xerox of a Guinness to me and not a particularly good one.
Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For being a smoked Porter I actually enjoy this beer. Normally smokey is not my style but this one is done right.
jtclockwork (7119) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of roasted dark and black malts and chocolate. Mild coffee aroma. Light smoke. Dry chocolate finish. Light to medium body. Plain.
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate notes, roasted malts. Flavor is a little thin, but roasted, with a nice chocolate malt flavor. Decent, refreshing for a porter.
changeup45 (1709) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color with a huge fizzy tan head. This was a bit of a gusher and took time to settle down. Light coffee roast, chocolate, and oat aroma. Smells pretty good. The flavors arenít bad but are thrown off by the fizzy carbonation, which seems pretty high, and is prickly on the palate. There are no surprise flavors; coffee roast, chocolate, and I do pick up the smoke here. Thereís some nice stuff going on but itís limited and a bit thin. Really, not too bad, but nothing Iíd really look forward to trying again.
jcos (1442) - Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black opaque. Sweet aroma, possibly from chocolate. Taste, especially the aftertaste, is more smokey. Palate had some medium fizz that bothered me, but not enough to not enjoy this beer.