marcus (5636) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This dark brown ale poured with a decent tan head and a roasted malt aroma. The flavor is intense with elements of coffee and chocolate, and a soft hoppy finish. Very well-balanced and tasty.
DTM (748) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Good beer, but has a little too much carbonation for my taste. Has a mild bitter finish that lessens towards the end.
timfoolery (1070) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 This is a good porter, but when cold it’s almost like a stout. A bit of hoppiness that levels out as the beer warms is the most positive thing I can say about it. It also has some rich chocolate taste and reminded me of Santa Barbara. (Actually bought this one again on accident! Still good!)
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at pizza port Carlsbad. Super dark brown, almost black. Some roasty aroma and taste, but mild enough that I still like it. Medium body. Not too sweet or too dry. Reasonably easy to drink. Very little head. Small bubble ring. Little head.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Dan Journal #116. Tasted 10/18/07. 22oz bomber. Almost opaque with bright amber highlights. Moldy beige head. Maple syrupy aromas with a mild cinnamon note. Nice nose. Medium bodied and smooth. Bready vanilla malt flavors. Caramel and a mild cola flavor. cocoa note. Sticky sweet and tasty. Very well crafted.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from City Beer Store in SF. Pitch black, not much of a khaki head -- I poured aggressively and it refused to foam. Aroma of thin coffee, grains, fruit, spice, taste of smoke, oats, caramel. Light hops, ceamy mouthfeel with huge smoky finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2169) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, moderate head with decent lacing and retention. Aroma is coffee dominated with chocolate and caramel, moderate to low hopping. Medium bodied, fairly dry, coffee and chocolate dominate. Bottle says conditioned in oak barrels, I couldn’t find any oak notes. Regardless, balanced and good porter with some character.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from BevMo (Mission Valley, S.D.) - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is a dusty, roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt and light chocolate. Slight bitter finish. Soft mouthfeel. Slight roasty aftertaste. Medium body. A good beer.
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
burnt ruby color with a large dense light brown head. dark berry aroma with a light spicy mocha undertone. smooth silky body with a medium crisp carbonation. lots of toasted oak in the flavor with some dark bitter chocolate and vanilla, the fruit goes more in the is less pronounced than on the nose. well balanced and very smooth
FoolishMortal (983) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Nearly opaque red-brown with a medium sized light brown head. Mild alefruit, acrid black malt tinges, some spicy herbal hops in the aroma. Understated dark chocolate up front, followed by a nutty, toasty malt component. Astringent character manifests, with some chocolate and coffee. Coffee bean and hop bitter finish, some oaty smoothness. Mouthfeel is a light medium, somewhat smooth and dry.