beerbaaron (1146) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear dark dark brown. Medium frothy tan head, lasting with good lace. Aroma is subtley roasty, light chocolate, dryish, a bit nutty or maybe woody, perhaps licorice, hit of hoppiness.. Wonderful mouthfeel. Soft, smooth, creamy, velvety. Softly sweet, roasty, and bitter, and perfectly matched. The bitterness is piney. Just right dryness to finish. Chocolatey. Super drinkable. I had high expectations and this exceeded them. In a different league than other porters. So glad I got to have one before it is discontinued.
MarinEvelyn (532) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet creamy, chocolate, woody, nutty. Sort of smells like a bittersweet version of the fudge I’m currently eating. Taste begins lighter than expected, has a slight hoppy, bitter finish. Creamy, milky, roast, chocolate, woody. Very smooth
Cornfield (5448) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked this up at the local Food 4 Less. It had a clear mahogany body with a skinny brown head. The aroma was sweet dark malts - caramel, toffee and a bit of chocolate. The flavor was pretty reflective of the nose, adding a light earthiness and a touch of lactic sourness in the finish. Over all, not too shabby a drink.
NachlamSie (2730) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz draft at Freshcraft. This is a solid porter for sure. Pours a nice very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasty with suggestions of toffee and chocolate. Seems English-leaning. The palate is silky with medium heaviness. It’s bittersweet with a good balance of chocolate and light coffee flavors. It’s not as roasty as many other porters.
JayTeeSupreme (28) - - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with a fizzy light tan head, lots of carbonation here. A sweet, malty, caramel scent pervades. Chocolaty, caramal taste with a coffee aftertaste. You can taste the oatmeal and barley and not too heavy of an alcohol taste. Overall its a nice porter stout.
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance - Body is a dark brown, like taupe, and atop it sits a frothy head of ecru (yellowish-grey light brown/tan). I had to look that one up to find the color shade that most fit. Head is about a finger and a half thick and dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a healthy mottling of lace all around the glass. The mottling is complex enough that it's hard to make out the rings as I drink the liquid down, but they are certainly there.
Smell - Nothing really blows me away with the aroma. Pretty standard notes of fresh-brewed coffee, baker's chocolate, charred bread and some nuttiness--perhaps some walnut. Even a little earthiness, like fresh peat, but faint. But the roasted grains are the predominant profile here, even if the entire aroma is a tad subdued.
Taste - Here, many of the same notesare present, but more obvious. The overwhelmingly predominant flavors are wonderful notes of fresh-toasted bread, like you get when you turn the toaster to the darker setting and pull the bread out right before it turns into a nasty charred mess. You get the complex roasted flavors from the grain, like fresh buckwheat biscuits, and the faint cacao and coffee grounds make their presence felt, but in a supporting role. I don't think I've had a more "toasty" tasting beer, and I mean that in a very good way. In some ways, it's nice to taste a porter that does a couple of profiles so well, without the dark fruit or licorice elements that are common in many of the same style.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Full enough to provide a little chewiness, but not overpowering or difficult to get down. Highly drinkable for a dark beer and a dry, but not overpoweringly so, finish.
Overall, I must again express my regret at waiting so long to have had this beer. And if what I've heard about it being discontinued is true, that only magnifies said regret. I will definitely have to grab another bottle or two and since there isn't really a large hop profile to this American porter, perhaps I can sit on one for awhile and prolong my enjoyment. Either way, if you haven't had this beer and you fancy yourself a fan of the style, make no delay and grab a bottle NOW.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DearBeer2013 (39) - - FEB 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little to bourbony for me. A little burnt coffee. Another Firedtone disappointment for me.
trapped (715) - New York City, TURKEY - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown with reddish tint, chocolate aroma, small beige foamy head, high carbonation, bitter chocolate taste, long finish. Great porter!
JohnRMurdoch (3193) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
660ml bottle from BrewDog Online store. Almost black, good head. Sweet toasted fruit flavour. Tarry flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Really good well balanced porter.
zvsn (494) - ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Deep-brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma - roasted malts, coffee, faint woody notes. Taste- moderate sweet, roastiness, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, light-to-medium bitterness, a bit dry finish. Medium-bodied, smooth texture. Nice porter.