Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance - Body is a dark brown, like taupe, and atop it sits a frothy head of ecru (yellowish-grey light brown/tan). I had to look that one up to find the color shade that most fit. Head is about a finger and a half thick and dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a healthy mottling of lace all around the glass. The mottling is complex enough that it's hard to make out the rings as I drink the liquid down, but they are certainly there.
Smell - Nothing really blows me away with the aroma. Pretty standard notes of fresh-brewed coffee, baker's chocolate, charred bread and some nuttiness--perhaps some walnut. Even a little earthiness, like fresh peat, but faint. But the roasted grains are the predominant profile here, even if the entire aroma is a tad subdued.
Taste - Here, many of the same notesare present, but more obvious. The overwhelmingly predominant flavors are wonderful notes of fresh-toasted bread, like you get when you turn the toaster to the darker setting and pull the bread out right before it turns into a nasty charred mess. You get the complex roasted flavors from the grain, like fresh buckwheat biscuits, and the faint cacao and coffee grounds make their presence felt, but in a supporting role. I don't think I've had a more "toasty" tasting beer, and I mean that in a very good way. In some ways, it's nice to taste a porter that does a couple of profiles so well, without the dark fruit or licorice elements that are common in many of the same style.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Full enough to provide a little chewiness, but not overpowering or difficult to get down. Highly drinkable for a dark beer and a dry, but not overpoweringly so, finish.
Overall, I must again express my regret at waiting so long to have had this beer. And if what I've heard about it being discontinued is true, that only magnifies said regret. I will definitely have to grab another bottle or two and since there isn't really a large hop profile to this American porter, perhaps I can sit on one for awhile and prolong my enjoyment. Either way, if you haven't had this beer and you fancy yourself a fan of the style, make no delay and grab a bottle NOW.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dark brown thin tan head. Toffee is the main standout. Brown malts add and some coffee bitterness finishes to nice crisp porter.
thomat (2525) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a medium tan head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, coffee and hops. Medium body with a nice bitter sweet finish.
suprchunk (2600) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour. Small tan head. Little lacing. Bourbony chocolate aroma. Taste is malty roasty goodness. Highly carbonated.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A nourishing small porter. Tasty but a little too sweet to be sessionned.
How: Bottle 22oz, a few times, generally fresh.
The look: Mostly clear dark mahogany body topped by a persistent small tan head.
In long: Nose is roasted cereals with a dessert-ish sweetness and almost nothing in the way of esters and fruity notes. Body is medium in size and well carbonated. Taste doesn’t surprise nor disappoint. Roasted cereals, black liquorice, dark caramel, cacao beans. Low in the hops department. A little too much sweetness sensation for such a low abv beer but nothing that really prevents drinkability. Overall, a nice but unexceptional almost-sessionnable porter/stout. Yet another rating for me, and I’m very good at writing superb beer ratings, I write beer ratings I can be very proud of until I get close to the end and then I ruin everything for no apparent reason double-penetration.
weihenweizen (2196) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated brown bomber from blutt59, March 27, 2013, poured into a snifter. Black with dark brown highlights and medium/small beige head. Aroma is roasty, medium body, medium carbonation, and some thin small-bubble lacing. Taste is dark malt, roasty, coffee, some caramel, and herbal hops.
gnoff (8741) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 650 ml, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014. Bottled 12/02/13.
Thanks to rlgk + Aniela!
Clear dark brown color, small teal to tan head. Sweet, malty, grainy scent. Malty, dry, harsh, bitter taste. Bitter, grainy aftertaste, some dry wall. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, dry medium bitterness that is harsh like.
slowrunner77 (7089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"smooth beer! compared to the 3 crappy to pretty good porters we had over the last couple days, this one was great. Very nice hop aroma, but the nose was lacking the roasted malt/chocolate. They were present in the flavor a little more, with a light hop balance, which was nice. Again, really smooth. Better than any other Firestone beer I’ve had (in 2008)."
Cunningham (5636) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark brown color with a tan head. Coffee, vanilla, mild roasted, mild fruity and chocolate aroma. Really nice. Medium + body. A bit fizzy carbonation. Fine bitterness. Chocolate, raisins, coffee and toffee flavor. Unusual but nice porter.
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]
rlgk (13371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Deep amber/brown beer with a decent beige head. Malty fruity aroma, spicy notes, toffee, caramel, raisins, some vinous notes. Fruity chocolate flavor, spicy, caramel, coffee, raisins, some banana. A bit strange, thin and not very interesting.
_angst_ (3544) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark brown with a rather small frothy and bubbly offwhite head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly malty with toasted malts, caramel, coffee, hay, soil and minerals. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and slightly malty with roasted malts, cereal, caramel, moist soil and hay. Mouthfeel is watery, tiny roasted astringent and light bodied. finish is bitter and slightly malty with roasted malts, coffee, minerals, soil and hay. Quite bland…