dutch23mp (272) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful pour with a creamy head. Robust aroma and seems to have a strong hint of chocolate Does not seem to be as heavy as other porters which I prefer. Nice little after taste on the palate. Definitely a good brew I can see why it has some nice ratings
DrinkinWell (262) - - MAR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown, even black, with off white head and average lacing. The beer is very creamy, with aromas of coffee and chocolate. Taste like roasted coffee beans , caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. An exceptional beer from Firestone Walker. One of the best porters Iíve had.
Stuedmaster (208) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the best beer Iíve had from Firestone Walker, very impressive. A 22 oz. bomber from a local gas station, it was the last one. Nice, very dark brown/black pour with a creamy off-white head that leaves mottled lacing, similar to Guinness stout. Aroma of chocolate syrup, coffee, and roasted grain. Taste is superb, well balanced with sweet, bitter, and toasty. What is so great about this beer is itís simplicity, how the basic flavors all combine into a whole of satisfaction and refreshment. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and mellow, long finish. Similar to Black Butte Porter from Deschutteís. I highly recommend it, if you can find it.
beerbaaron (1210) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear dark dark brown. Medium frothy tan head, lasting with good lace. Aroma is subtley roasty, light chocolate, dryish, a bit nutty or maybe woody, perhaps licorice, hit of hoppiness.. Wonderful mouthfeel. Soft, smooth, creamy, velvety. Softly sweet, roasty, and bitter, and perfectly matched. The bitterness is piney. Just right dryness to finish. Chocolatey. Super drinkable. I had high expectations and this exceeded them. In a different league than other porters. So glad I got to have one before it is discontinued.
MarinEvelyn (544) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet creamy, chocolate, woody, nutty. Sort of smells like a bittersweet version of the fudge Iím currently eating. Taste begins lighter than expected, has a slight hoppy, bitter finish. Creamy, milky, roast, chocolate, woody. Very smooth
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked this up at the local Food 4 Less. It had a clear mahogany body with a skinny brown head. The aroma was sweet dark malts - caramel, toffee and a bit of chocolate. The flavor was pretty reflective of the nose, adding a light earthiness and a touch of lactic sourness in the finish. Over all, not too shabby a drink.
NachlamSie (2752) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz draft at Freshcraft. This is a solid porter for sure. Pours a nice very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasty with suggestions of toffee and chocolate. Seems English-leaning. The palate is silky with medium heaviness. Itís bittersweet with a good balance of chocolate and light coffee flavors. Itís not as roasty as many other porters.
JayTeeSupreme (29) - - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with a fizzy light tan head, lots of carbonation here. A sweet, malty, caramel scent pervades. Chocolaty, caramal taste with a coffee aftertaste. You can taste the oatmeal and barley and not too heavy of an alcohol taste. Overall its a nice porter stout.
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
DearBeer2013 (46) - - FEB 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little to bourbony for me. A little burnt coffee. Another Firedtone disappointment for me.