hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle it poured a very dark and opaque brown with a small tan head and little lacing. Nose is of dark chocolate, with fruits and coffee, and some hard to identify light spices. Mouthfeel very rich and creamy. Flavor of dark malts and the fruit again. Long lingering finish with the malts showing mostly. Very good porter.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 Draught at the FW taproom. Dark brown with a beige head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Roasty chocolate flavors without too much bitterness. Slight acidity. Medium and smooth body. Nice, solid porter. (3.7) Rerate: On tap at Zodo’s. Pure chocolate goodness. Really good stuff. Rerate: Draught at the brewery. I’ going to have to rescind that Zodo’s rating. A good porter, but not really what I remembered.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Herbal toasted bread and coffee nose with traces of spice and nuts. Soft mouthfeel with dark fruit, nougat, bakers cocoa and espresso. Nice clean soft delicate finish.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of roasted malt, some caramel, hints of spice. Tastes spicy with some hints of caramel. Watery mouthfeel. Finish yields some basic sweet malt.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a medium head. In the glass it’s just slightly opaque, with a little burgundy highlites showing through when held up to the light. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark malts with a fair amount of (sour) fruit; plums and cherries. Medium-heavy body. Semi-sweet fruity finish.
StefanSD (1985) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a deep dark, almost opaque, brown color with a big tan head. The head lasts the duration of the drink and never completely fades away. The aroma is medium-light and slightly sweet with dates, raisins and plums. The flavor is a bit subdued and is characterized by burnt toast, coffee, chocolate malt and earth. The mouthfeel is very full and creamy. The finish is long in duration with lingering mocha coffee flavors and a heavy malt palate. Overall: This is a better than average porter, very malty, but I can not help but feel that the barrel aging mellowed this one just a bit too much and took away its big bold edge. Recommended.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the Stone World Bistro. Pours deep amber brown with thin tan head. The aroma is roasty and mildly sweet and doesn’t seem to have a hint of the burnt malts I come to expect from a Porter but abundantly present I the flavor. The taste if full rich malt roastiness that steers toward being burnt and charred. The flavor blends from roasty to burnt from front to back of the experience. Full flavored Porter that includes mild molasses and a hint of pine hops.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with small tan head. Aroam od choclate and medium roasted malt. The taste was the same with nice roasted finish. Thinner body.
hapjydeuce (921) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Transparent dark brown and maroon edges with little head, mostly just mircobubbles and fizz. Sweet chocolate and oat mostly in the aroma, along with creamed coffee and a slight hint of the barrel. Flavors lean towards the sweeter end with sugary burnt caramel, dates, and smoke. Subtle barrel-aging influence holds it together pretty well. Not mind-blowing though; but the average score was tuned right for this brew in my opinion. Good beer.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Taste of coffee, caramel, and a little roastyness with a very slight hop taste. Good porter.