Drake (7840) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA, opened 1/10/10. Pours a dark ruby color with a medium tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of tart malty notes along with some roast and chocolate. The taste is chocolate, roast, berries, bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Not bad, but the tartness does seem like its not supposed to be there.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of beachbum25. Thanks, Jim! Pours a medium brown color, reasonably clear; thin, fine-bubbled, medium-brown head with light retention and lacing. Plenty of leather, smoke, and ashiness in the aroma: I’d be hugely surprised if they didn’t use smoked malt in this recipe; a touch acrid smokiness overall. Medium mouthfeel; medium carbonation. Medium levels of smoked malt (again, a touch ashy and charred here), along with basic notes of caramel and roast at the core; a very basic porter with some light cola notes present as well. I dig the idea of a subtle smoked malt addition in porters, but I can’t imagine that most people find it a happy surprise... Medium finish of caramel, light roast, and a pervasive ashy / acrid smoke note at the very far end of things.
Slipstream (1923) - USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big foamy head. The fairly acrid, yeasty aroma is a problematic, but the flavor compensates for it. It tastes strong and malty - a solid, rich porter. Lucky 7 leaves a nice citrus tingle on the palate. I would get this again.
gpekar (455) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear, dark mahogany brown with a tall foamy light brown head. There were nice red highlights showing in the glass as light passed through. The head left a nice amount of lacing as the head reduced slowly to just a 1/4 inch or so. The aroma was very nice with scents of milk chocolate and caramel malt. There was a nice flavor of anise initially followed by espresso and dark chocolate along with their accompaning bitterness. It was slightly dry with a good finish with flavors of anise and dark chocolate. There was a nice bitterness that faded away gradually. This was a very good porter.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with a cream light tan head. Aroma is sweet cocoa, roasty malt, mostly sweet with some coffee notes, even a bit of smokiness and woody. Flavor starts sweet and chocolatey, some cocoa powder and some bitter chocolate and burnt toast. Picks up some definite smoke notes, very nice light smokey character. Medium body and a softish carbonation. I don’t know what everyone is talking about, the body is great for a standard porter, this is a robust porter, drinkable but still some body. I love t he smoke, Really quaffable, with some subtle but balanced roast, chocolate and smoke.
rollingwood (86) - Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Well, it poured out really pretty, dark and clear with great head retention. But then I took a sip. The extremely thin mouthfeel barely carried the chocolate malt I expect of this style. I wouldn’t go straight to watery, but I won’t be buying it again until the brewer better understands the style. This was disappointing, sad to say.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->English pint: Pours a large, creamy, brown head atop a opaque, black body. Aroma of sweet malt and grains. Flavor’s duration is short, finishing quickly with just a hint of bitterness. There is a pleasant sweetness that coats the mouth prior to the finish. All-in-all, an accessible and drinkable beer.
jeff789 (1401) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Dark brown almost black, medium small bubbly head, fades nicely lacing is very nice.... creamy roasty aroma... roasty almost burnt flavor.... lots of carbonation... bland, one dimensional...
unclemike (2152) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a really rich deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. Flavor is a little heavy on the smoke, but nothing major. Nice porter.
Chalsk (1005) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid session porter. Pours a brown color with a caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of roast and caramel. Sweet toffee taste. Light mouthfeel. Really nice roastiness to it.