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 (48) - - 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.
trapped (784) - New York City, TURKEY - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown with reddish tint, chocolate aroma, small beige foamy head, high carbonation, bitter chocolate taste, long finish. Great porter!
JohnRMurdoch (3283) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
660ml bottle from BrewDog Online store. Almost black, good head. Sweet toasted fruit flavour. Tarry flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Really good well balanced porter.
zvsn (597) - ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Deep-brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma - roasted malts, coffee, faint woody notes. Taste- moderate sweet, roastiness, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, light-to-medium bitterness, a bit dry finish. Medium-bodied, smooth texture. Nice porter.
erickok (3533) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black bodied, creamy tan head. Loads of toffee, cereal, butterscotch, earthy, moderate herbal hop backup. Taste is much richer and certainly very full for the abv. Long malty aftertaste, almost sticky. This brewer makes full use of every percent alcohol, every grain of malt and every layer. The only thing is that it’s a bit too clean perhaps. Very tasty brew, aroma it good but not as excellent as the palate. Glad I took this all the way home. (Bottle from Whip It Austin)
DesertDevil (525) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Flanny’s. Nice roasty aroma of burnt barley and plastic, with some odd phenol tones that I cannot place, and a sweet vegetal trace. Pours a deep brown with a thin white head. Very roast forward, with sweet malt, mild coffee, vanilla coffee creamer, slight bark and chocolate, some oatmeal,and the same weird phenol tone from the aroma. Light-to-moderate body; dry finish.
woodychevy (358) - - JAN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a bomber in md purchased at one of scariest liquor stores I have ever visited- have to admit they had a good craft beer selection. Really solid porter- pours jet black and medium tan head. Has good chocolate/coffee/toffee notes and something right upfront on the nose/palate I can’t place- licorice? Medium mouthfeel- just about right for a porter. Alcohol not overwhelming. Really nice
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice porter. Nice solid head. Toasty coffee and cream aroma. Taste has more chocolate and caramel without getting too sweet.
swesson (230) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good full-bodied stout. Pours a beautiful off-white head and laces very nicely. Tastes strongly of toffee
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone