BMan1113VR (7894) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a huge, light brown, creamy head that leaves good lacing and has good retention. Ultra dark brown body. Aroma of vanilla, dry coffee, and oak. Taste is woody, nutty, with chocolate and finishes a bit metallicy. Decent amount of chocolate. A truely chocolate heavy porter (as opposed to a more common dry coffee porter). Sharp carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel and a full body.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: A little disappointing. Sure it’s great, but it sounded like it was going to be nearly perfect for my tastes and likings. It was nice, but the description mad it seem like it’d be way more complex.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark red that looked brown in the glass with a huge rocky and foamy, off-white head that slowly diminished and left excellent lacing at first but then barely fair lacing later. After the yeast was poured the beer in the glass became a dark, almost opaque brown. The aroma was moderate to heavy mild coffee malt, light herbal hops, light earthy yeast, and a woodiness, that I wouldn’t really call nice wood. It also smelled a little Belgian with the bottle conditioning. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and acidic, and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter, and lightly acidic with an average duration. There was caramel malt, then bitter coffee, mild coffee then herbal hops. There was also slight chocolate, but not much. The medium to full body was creamy with very fizzy carbonation and a light astringent and ever so slightly metallic finish.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber thanks to Dunk. Pours a dark brown with thin brown head which dissipated immediately. Nose was not impressive. Light smoke and malt. Taste was burnt, unsugared tea and malt. Mouthfeel medium-to-thin and watery.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was really a good example of a solid porter. Really nothing overwhelming, nor anything negative. Very smooth, a bit chocolaty, roasted malt and dry. All a porter should be.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from my Secret Santa. Thanks! Medium brown pour with 2-finger head. Aroma is light roasted malt with a heavier hop profile than expected. Taste of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and hops. Medium body.
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very mild aroma with hints of chocolate. Dark brown with very minimal head lasting only a short while. Flavor typical of a good porter: little bit of smoky flavor but also some chocolate and pale malty tones. Feels good going down but not much character and development. Very subtle and reserved. Overall impression is good! A nice, easy to drink porter.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown in color with brown head. Aroma sweet, chocolate and coffee. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate and spice with dry finish.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very good porter that had a nice sweet chocolate taste and a nice hoppyness to it and very creamy and smooth.CHEERS!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber by way of riversideAK... muchas gracias, amigo. pours an unassuming dark reddish brown with a thick tan head. the aroma is very candy like...chocolate, dark grainy malt, sour cream, whole coffee beans, wood, earth and grass. tastes like creamy chocolatey coffee... mmm. light lactic sour and grain in there as well. dry mildly bitter finish with coffee and ash in the aftertaste. full bodied and rich but acidic enough to keep it drinkable. soft and airy mouth feel. very simplistic and really delicious. thanks alex....
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a rather thin porter, mineral mouthfeel, bitter bakers chocolate to the finish. Light smokiness, cocoa and coffee mixed in there. Between the carbonation and the mineral twang this felt too thin and bitter, I didn’t get much smoothness out of this.