HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle via trade with Thaichile. Poured clear ruby-mahogany with a large foamy-creamy lasting tan head - nice looking, but looked more like a nutbrown. Very dry roast malt aroma, quite a lot of grain and straw, with some chocolate and light hops .. mild fruit and cola sweetness on warming. Taste really makes me think of a roastier nutbrown - tart fruit, roast malt, dry hops, with a medium bitter average-length finish, still some cola-sweetness lingering as aftertaste. Dry, very lively mouthfeel - my first thought was this is a very weak-bodied porter, but it really is just about right - in fact itís probably quite authentic, as blankboy noted, weíre just used to porters that are more in the way of stouts ... this is perhaps a bit like the Nethergate Old Growler, just toned down some.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
24-Mar-06 (12 oz bottle: Obtained 21-Mar-06 in trade with Lou18, thanks Lou!) Lord knows what was going through my mind when I rated this the first time. Belgian notes? No. Itís roasty and chocolaty, as expected, moderately sweet and light bitter, but this beer tastes very yeasty, and not in a Belgian yeast kind of way. Again, the yeastiness is probably even more prominent in the nose. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, solidly carbonated. Medium brown in color, somewhat ruddy. A good inch of tan head forms on the pour, settling to a wide ring. A few spots of lace stick to the glass. Not a bad porter at all, itís actually rather enjoyable, but the yeastiness needs to be far less prominent.
18-Apr-05 (12 oz bottle: Obtained 04-Mar-05 in trade with slob, thanks Bert!) There are some seriously unexpected Belgian notes in this porter that have totally caught me off guard. Yeah sure, the porter is fairly roasty and appropriately bitter, itís malty and quite sweet, and thatís fairly common with American porters, but this Belgian character is totally unusual. I wouldnít call it spicy, per se, but something is saying "Belgian" to me. Sweet, malty, lightly roasty nose. Medium bodied could use a bit more viscosity, but is at least acceptable. Color, when held to light, is a very deep and dark, but slightly translucent mahogany. Light tan head is of modest size after the pour, and dissipates to a thin sheen before I could even rinse out the bottle. A few small streaks of lace are deposited on the glass. Decent, but not in my upper echelon. (7, 3, 7, 3, 14 = 3.4)
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from lou18. Darkish bro wn color with a light off white head. head dies downb to a film and outer ring. nose is metallic, dry bittesweet chocolate. Flavors of metal, light chocolate. Palate is light and fluffy, finishes with little bitterness and a dry palate. Nose has more chocolate now, like a chocolate fondu pot. More chocolate in the finish as well. Palate is more complete with a light syrupy feeling.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy of OhioDad in a very recent exchange. great aroma of semi-sweet chocolate and flavors of chocolate, coffee and a hop presence on the tail end. nice porter, thanks Scott.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from lou18 Thanks!
Pours a nice black with a creamy, foamy head. Clinging lace. Hoppy aroma, with bits of chocolate and candy. Flavor is a rounded caramel with heavy chocolate; strange, subtle. Slight coffee tones permeate the sip. A bit of fruit tries to assert itself in the finish. Strawberry? Palate is suitable. Nice beer.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Lou18 for this one. Poured dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was nutty chocolate, coffee, and malts. Flavor was sweet chocolate with some coffee. Oh so smooth and creamy. Milky like chocolate with cream. The sweet chcolate and creamy texture of this one made it a real treat.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - FEB 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown with big nutbrown head. drinkable and fine. roasty and nutty with a hint of chocolate, the brew is not spectacular, but solid.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad, but nothing like the coffee porter on cask. A deep, not-too-sweet roastiness with some nutty and coffee flavors, not much chocolate, and a little creaminess. Medium mouthfeel with some acidity.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice aroma. Lovely in the glass, dark with a little creamy beige head. Flavor was lacking, one of the lightest porters Iíve had. Not at all bad, but very thin in flavor and mouthfeel. Super subtle hints of chocolate with a dry finish.
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
one of the most unremarkable beers Iíve tried. very watery and lacking flavor, depth and body. The look is good...being fr NJ, I was expecting something more.