JBPortland (1024) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours dark brown with light edges, 1 finger head. Nose is coffee bean, almond, nutty, vanilla. Taste is french vanilla coffee, roasty almond, vanilla bean, earthy. Finish is mildly bitter roasty coffee, vanilla, nuts.
coachd (237) - Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a great dark brown color with a tremendous amount of tan foam. Smells very light and malty, not a lot of hops going on in the aroma. Taste is also light. Coffee with cream, malt and a bit of spice at the end. Great palate, velvety and rich with a good aftertaste. Very drinkable but a bit basic. Not what I have come to expect from FW.
flying_pig (1059) - SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml Bottle from Brewdog Glasgow (£11, 5.8%):
Slightly sweet with some light coffee & some chocolate coming through on top of some dark malts and a sugar base. The aroma seemed like a creamy one and was very enjoyable on the nose.
Dark brown to black a 1.5cm, foamy, light brown head that settles as a nice, thick lacing after a minute.
Dark malts & faint coffee with some sweetness from some caramel malts. There is a very faint hop bitterness to the beer that accompanies the chocolate and nutty taste of this one, & the beer is rounded off with some faint, background spice at the end.
Ridiculously smooth and creamy with a medium body and light medium carbonation on top of that. The drink proved a fast and easy on to finish with a lot of flavour on the palate and some touches of smoke along with a dry finish helps this one to end perfectly.
Such a good beer & more than worth the steep price with an amazing taste & great mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink from the start & refreshingly enjoyable given the fact the beer was a good session offering with the alcohol content remaining fairly low, particularly for an American craft beer.
dutch23mp (290) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful pour with a creamy head. Robust aroma and seems to have a strong hint of chocolate Does not seem to be as heavy as other porters which I prefer. Nice little after taste on the palate. Definitely a good brew I can see why it has some nice ratings
DrinkinWell (322) - - MAR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown, even black, with off white head and average lacing. The beer is very creamy, with aromas of coffee and chocolate. Taste like roasted coffee beans , caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. An exceptional beer from Firestone Walker. One of the best porters I’ve had.
Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the best beer I’ve had from Firestone Walker, very impressive. A 22 oz. bomber from a local gas station, it was the last one. Nice, very dark brown/black pour with a creamy off-white head that leaves mottled lacing, similar to Guinness stout. Aroma of chocolate syrup, coffee, and roasted grain. Taste is superb, well balanced with sweet, bitter, and toasty. What is so great about this beer is it’s simplicity, how the basic flavors all combine into a whole of satisfaction and refreshment. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and mellow, long finish. Similar to Black Butte Porter from Deschutte’s. I highly recommend it, if you can find it.
beerbaaron (1497) - 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 (637) - 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 (5570) - 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 (2880) - 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.