JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super yummy from the get-go. Itís been a while since I had a really good porter (Iíd fallen into a quite enjoyable IPA/Imperial IPA rut/bliss). The aroma is natural porter chocolate/coffee. Really dark, with a strong light you can see the dark brown/mahogany tones at the edges. Frothy head; milkshake-like. Tastes like it smells, delicious (in the flavor I picked up more of the oak barrel influence, often incorporated by Firestone, than in the aroma). smooth aftertaste. Firestone is a fantastic brewery that keeps pleasing. If you see this beer buy it! 22 oz. Pasadena, CA, USA.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured dark brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma was typical porter with some oak and some oats. Taste was very nicely balanced yet complex with all the malts and oak flavors. Could be one of the best from Firestone.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Aroma has a slight dark fruit component that shines through despite the powerful oak and vanilla aromas. Poured out with a very thin, tan head that dissipated rather quickly, settling on top of a chestnut body with ruby highlights. Roasted malts are very buttery and slippery on the tongue. Enjoyable and pleasantly soft.
ALLOVATE (2469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quick thankyou to Kook for lobbing this one back from the U.S., amongst others. Served up at backyard patio temperature at a small tasting here in Perth.
Deep, shimmering, ruddy brown with not much of a head though by this time my flute glass was all gammed up. Deep, woody, dusty and gritty, lightly roasted malt nose with a nice, dry, peanut butter edge. Very pleasant. Medium-light bodied and smooth as silk. Quite dry, and again dusty overall. Light roasted coffee, complex malts and bitter, dry chocolate on the swallow. Nice show of wood age inside the swallow and aftertaste. Good reserve of grit, burnt sugar and dry roasted grains also. Quite a nice drop, though not on the intense side of things. A relaxing beer, nicely made. (1 pint, 6Fl.Oz, age unknown)
OldMrCrow (1947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 Bottle:
11/17/06. Pours deep brown with a nice dark-tan head. A mellow blend of chocolate roastiness and soft red wine notes, slightly chalky on the finish. This is a perfectly nice porter, well balanced, no glaring flaws -- but for me it was just too cautious of a beer. It lacked the spark of personality that would have taken it to the next level. That said, Iím quite happy drinking this stuff! One could do a heck of a lot worse.
1/28/10. Draft at Fiddlers. Pretty much exactly as above. No flaws, just yawns. 3.6 seems a bit generous but it probably deserves the 7s and 4s.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown/mahogany body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of chocolate, lactos, and roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate, vinous, and caramel.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 22oz bottle acquired in trade with Odeed (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of light wood / oak, chocolate (that came out more as I let it air out), and light vanilla. Tastes of light oak, roast, vanilla and had a light coffee finish. Body a little on the thin side.
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a dark brown with some red when held to the light with an average bubbly light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, toasty, hints of oak and some vanilla. Flavors of the same but a bit on the thin side...very light hints of oak.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber from OhioDad. nearly black on the pour with a great looking tan head. aroma was mostly chocolate with some coffee beans. flavor was bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some citrus hops on the back end. a very enjoyable drink, thanks Scott.
Pailhead (5067) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Dominating oak nose with some slight hints of chocolate. Dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. Quick sweet chocolate presence up front with a touch of roasted coffee. Huge oak finish with some slight pine bitterness. Without a doubt the strongest oak flavored beer Iíve ever had and it was a little too much for me.