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 (7124) - 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 (2930) - 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.
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I rate it this high because I put it in the category it belongs in: Brown. This is a brown beer, no doubt in my mind, and one of the best I have ever had.
hopscotch (9089) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Ultra dark with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is a mélange of milk chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, coffee and vanilla. Medium-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Sweet, mocha flavor presents notes of coffee and cocoa. Burnt and well-bittered. Bittersweet, deeply roasted finish. Thanks to mgumby10 for sharing his bottle!