BuckeyeSammy (543) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of roasted malt with coffee notes. Dark brown black with a thin brown head. Thin beer, very few fingers. Pretty balanced beer, nice carbonation.. hops, mocha, coffee, roasted malt.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark chestnut brown. Slightly translucent when backlit. The khaki colored head is large and foamy, slowly settling to a murky layer with a prominent rim. Abstract, organic looking sheets of delicate lace coat the glass well. The aroma is chocolaty, lightly roasted, and surprisingly lactic. The creaminess in the nose just shouts "smooth", and it is a perfect compliment to the soft, velvety chocolate notes. Proving the nose true, the first sip confirms the creamy, silky chocolate and caramel flavor. A hint of espresso resides somewhere deep within, just enough to lend is signature roasted character, but not enough to overpower. A light, earthy hop bitterness reveals itself on the back end, adding just the right level of balance to this fantastic brew. The mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy smooth. This is quite possibly the easiest drinking porter I have ever had. Just awesome, from start to finish. This couldn’t possibly be any more balanced.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black body with a medium frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, some caramel, and a hint of fruitiness. Roasted malt, light chocolate, and caramel flavor. Moderate hop bitterness in the background that lingers. Medium creamy body with moderate carbonation.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, Poured a clear dark brown with a red tint and light tan head. Aroma of very roasted malt, chocolate and some fruitiness. Roasted malt flavor with a moderate long lasting bitterness for the finish. Semi-dry. Thins out on the finish.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice porter with dark roasted malts and nice oak notes too. Some vanilla, wood, and earth round out the usual porter flavors. Very smooth and creamy. Good.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled out of a 22. Very nice brew. Not too much flavor to it but it goes down incredibly smooth. Pours nice with a little bit of head that quickly goes away. Very dark and creamy. A very nice brew.
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub in Buellton. I was anticipating a bigger bolder beer (based in reviews) than what I tasted. It just seemed like a straight down the middle porter that was a little fizzy. I would have it again, but would not need to seek it out to satisfy a craving. I followed it with their Oatmeal Stout which was better. (I wanted their Union Jack IPA but it was not on).
Ughsmash (7147) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. Poured lighter than expected.. clear deeper iced tea brown with a thick cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter roasted chocolates and tangy oak upfront with vanilla beans, flaked oats, and moderate roast coffee showing as it warmed up a tad.. earth and piney hoppage form the final layer.. everything comes together quite nicely! The flavor had espresso beans, semi-sweet chocolate, and vanilla at the core supporting high doses of pine, earth, and citrus bitterness.. the sweeter finish picks up oats and light oaky sourness.. well done! Medium-bodied at most with great balance between the sweet elements and the ample hoppage.. creamy carbonation.. long finish. Very good beer that I would drink often if available!
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whomever popped this open as I always like trying new Firestone Walker releases. This one wasn’t the best but it is still a solid porter. Firestone is quickly moving up my list of "must try" breweries whenever I get to that part of the world.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black fluid body had only a slight head. Hints of cinnamon blended with the typical porter smells (coffee and malt) to form a cohesive slightly thin nose.
Flavor / Palate - The body was a little thin and watery. However the nice combination of coffee, anise and hops more than compensated. It could do with a little more punch but overall this wasn’t a bad release. I’d probably drink it again in the future.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Aroma, earthy, fruity, some roasted malts, coffee. Flavor, roasted notes, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Bittersweet finish.