GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 12 oz bottle. Pretty thick pour. Opaque black color. Head was a rich cocoa brown color and reduced slowly to a thin film. There was some decent lace on the glass at the end. Pleasant aroma of cocoa and light roasty malt. Roasty and bitter on the tongue with a dominant coffee flavor and a misplaced tart note. Although it looked thick when poured, the body was only light to medium. It had promising beginnings in terms of the aroma and big roastiness on the tongue, but I didnít particularly care for the ever present tartness.
phishpond417 (2089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A tolerable brew at best. Pours a dark black colour with a small tan head. Taste was very chocolatey, coffee beans and toffee. Sweet caramel aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy, finishes with subtle hops taste.
SHANER4 (434) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle... Poured black with thin head. Aroma is smokey chocolate and slightly nutty. Taste is rich chocolate with also a smokey almond flavor. Overall a really good porter and to think this brewery is only a 1/2 hour from my house. I must have had a newer bottle because the label has improved.
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
First off, Oconto Falls needs to hire somebody for their labeling.
As for the beer, pours a thin black liquid with a trace of head and no lacing. Iím starting to think I got bad bottles. Smells and tastes awful. Like old coffee poured into an ashtray. Again, as with the others Iíve tried from them, there is an unpleasant mineral aftertaste.
On second thought, forget about improving the labels, focus on the beers. As bad as my reviews were, I do see some promise and havnít written them off...yet.
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Starts out decent -- pours dark and cola-like in a glass, with a nice head. Aroma is smoky and roasted coffee. Flavor starts nice but there is an absolutely unacceptable lemony flavor at the end. Ruins the whole damn thing.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottle I poured from had a much nicer label than the one shown here. This beer is a thick nearly black, dark brown ale with a slender tan head that lingers none too long. Itís got an aroma of roasted and burnt dark malts along with some bittersweet chocolate. Some old coffee and a sharp bitterness round the drink out nicely. Kind of a dry, smokey finish. Okay.
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notalush (4179) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle with a film noir looking chick in a black dress on the label - fairly dark pour - pretty fizzy, making the beer look like cola - chocolate malt and light roasty notes in the aroma, not much else - pretty dry, with the chocolate malt pretty evident - relatively high hop bitterness, with a tartness along with it that may be the beginnings of an infection - tobacco and ash in the finish - my second beer from this brewery - it shall be my last.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Flanaganís in Appleton, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with lots of tan head that nearly went over the glass top when poured at below 40 degrees. The light tan head slowly dissolves to a lumpy and thick head that also has some excellent lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, some flowery hops and some tart berries. Taste is quite sour! Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The tart berry flavor is just too overpowering. Finish has some dark roasted malt character but the tartness was too great to finish. This may be an infected bottle. I am hoping this brewery will fix their bottling equipment or Iíll just have to re-rate this one when I find this on tap.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this at the Great Northern beer festval in Eagle River, and bought some at Flanaganís to take home. This quacks like a pretty serious porter - it is inky black and has a nice roasty flavor, if you can keep it in your glass. My single bottle gushed out of the bottle (not when I opened it, but when I turned the bottle to pour it) with a very shallow, non-agressive pour into a pint glass. I got 99% head and 1% liquid. Granted the head was a nice tan mass of uniformly medium-sized bubbles, but I was still irritated...Iím drinking the rest of this one straight from the bottle.
Except for the over-carbonation, I thought this beer was not very complex but rather nice. This is definitely the best 21st percentile 2.56 average beer Iíve ever had. I would recommend.
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 Bottle. Poured a black with a tan foamy head. Coffee and chocolate are prevelant. Very nice mouthfeel. Good lacing. Just not that complex. Not a wow, but a bit underrated on this site. Kinda expensive.