mcox90 (1540) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Blues and Brews. Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head. Roasted malt, coffee and brown bread on the nose. Semi sweet taste with some bakers chocolate, black coffee and a light dose of hops. Medium bodied. and drinkable.
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The White Horse Tavern. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Coffee and dark roasted malt bouquet. Dark roasted malt and expresso notes. Good body and mouthfeel. Slight bitterness which I suspect is from the dark roasted malts as opposed to hops. Above average body and mouthfeel. A real solid porter.
Drake (8505) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can courtesy of Travlr. Thanks! Pours a very dark brown color with a large foamy brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of big roast and chocolate notes, some nuts, caramel and citrus hops. The taste is roast, chocolate, a briny note, mild hops. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness, low carbonation. Nice beer, a little different, but quite nice.
madnorwegian (51) - FRANCE - AUG 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of stuff going on here. Deep black, with tan head. Chocolate and coffee aromas that show up nive and clear when tasted. Also a smokiness to this beer. Very dry which keeps it refreshing unlike some porter that are a little sweet. Very flavorful and complex.
mikedR (1165) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid, and borders on spectacular. Don’t get the low ratings on this guy. Porters can be tough, as stouts’ little brothers. This one is solidly flavorful. Nothing brings attention to itself. Instead, one gets a beautiful medley of the flavors that are expected from this style, in abundance, and superbly balanced.
Travlr (11415) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source. Very dark maroon brown color, brown head. Aroma of coffee grounds and burnt espresso. Taste is very roasty dark cocoa and coffee.
SHIG (3578) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can thanks to Travlr: Poured a black with red edges and a tan head. Aroma is light roast and licorice. Very rich robust chocolate, roasted malts and dry finish.
crazyvin (1934) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a can. A deep brown body with a tan head that had some retention and a little bit of lace. Aroma had a nice roast coffee quality, a little bit of cocoa and a touch of molasses. Flavor was heavy on the roasted malts, the cocoa seemed to come through stronger and there was a hint of smoke in the after taste. Mouth feel was a little on the light side for a porter, but the smoothness made up for it.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Oasis, 4/27/14
Dark ebony body is near opaque with a tan head atop that sits at cover.
Light roasted tinges dot the chocolatey-fudgey landscape while some vanilla and fresh, juicy green hops are moderately done and aromatic. Deeper, more dry, earthy coffee notes are noted on the backend and overall the aroma strength is fairly low. What is there is pleasant and there are no overt flaws or alcohol.
Pretty stiff crunchy coffee, bitter roast and lightly bitter hops all jump right in the mouth, as light vanilla-fudge sweetness seeks to bring things to balance. I’m not sure that it does, though what it leaves behind is a very, very dry, rather roasty example of the style with moderate carbonation and more apparent wateriness with the relative lack of sugars/body. It’s not weak in body by any means, but for how easily it drinks based on the texture, it’s certainly very roasty and challenging in that sense. Acidity from the roast and to a less extent, the hops, builds up on the finish. Certainly not a session beer here....Light licorice, coffee and earthy, crunchy black malts linger on....
two7offsuit (153) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours nearly black with a tan head. Very little in the way of aroma, but flavors of roasted to burnt coffee.