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
weihenweizen (1768) - 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 (7934) - 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 (5975) - 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 (4637) - 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 (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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_ (2854) - 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…
Yoachim (44) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014.
Luktar karamell, russin, choklad, surt.
blaskig svart färg.
Smakar russin,´vattnig, surt, choklad, citrus, frukt
Beerdedone (2663) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma was roasty with chocolate, and coffee. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, caramel, earth and had a light bitterness.
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-13-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a nice deep brown color with a hug light brown colored head. The head fades relatively quickly at first, but leaves a rather persistent small one finger head of foam. This small bit of foam does eventually fade however leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is nice of sweet and roasty smells. The roasted malt aromas are a blend of chocolate and toasted malt while the sweeter smells are of caramel and some toffee. Along with these aromas are some other smells of a yeasty nature as well as a bit of an oaky and woody smell which when combined with the rest produce a rather nice smelling concoction.
Taste – The taste begins with roasted brown bread and sweeter chocolate flavors mixed with some caramel sweetness. Other sweeter flavors of toffee come to the tongue shortly after the initial tastes, giving a more buttery and smooth flavor to the brew. More toward the middle of the flavor profile some vanilla and more cocoa come to the tongue along with the emergence of a light level of earthy hop. The hop remains rather light, bittering the brew only ever so slightly. Toward the end, some coffee flavors as well as a nice oaky taste comes to the tongue adding a little bit more bitterness. Even with the coffee and hop, the taste is still very smooth and one is left with a smooth, rather sweet and lightly bittered and roasty flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The lower carbonation is rather nice for the darker flavors, as well as the bit of oak taste more toward the end of the taste, nicely allowing those flavors to be sensed. A bit thicker of a body would likely be slightly better for the style, but at only 5.8% abv the creaminess of the brew is quite respectable.
Overall – A pretty nice porter overall with some nice oak/woody tastes and a good balancing bitter flavor to the sweet and roasted malt backbone. For a porter of only 5.8 % the beers flavor profile was quite robust and made this brew a pleasant drinker.
rayaron (212) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Hazy brown with no head. Heavy coffee aroma, chocolate, honey date, a bit woody. Flavor of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, honey date, light hoppy bitterness, woody, roasted malt. Light carbonation. Light body. Sweet sticky aftertaste.