Cybercat (3981) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich aroma has burnt wood, unsweet chocolate and quality coffee notes with undertones of molasses and licorice. Got my mouth watering! It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent light tan head. Delicious flavor lives up to the aroma, having roast coffee, chocolate, molasses and licorice tones plus a hint of caramel and a bitter hoppy undertone that actually helps round out the flavor rather than detract from it. Texture is the beer’s weakest point - body is on the thin side, it seems, for a porter, and there is just a little fizz.
xs2500 (185) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on draft, came a rich dark amber color with a thick fence mocha colored head. Flavor rich and smokey, toffee is prevalent. Fairly sweet.
CanIHave4Beers (3556) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber sent as a surprise gift from Durhambeer, right on Bob!
Pours a very dark brown, basically black. The head is very tight and large leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
This aroma on this one reminds me of why I like porter so much, the first whiff is sort of ashy & burnt smelling in an off putting way... but keep your nose in there and it all just sort of evens it’s self out with the fruity hoppiness, the coffee, & the cocoa aromas abound... I’ve noticed that a lot of great porters have this sort of olfactory sensation... If I knew more about brewing perhaps I could pin it down. This beer has a mildly sweet note in the nose that is inviting to say the least.
The flavor is particularly robust, this sort of pins down the "robust porter" style in a way that I never really could with words. The bitterness is certainly out front and that sweetness we got in the aroma has all but vanished leaving a fairly dry and bitter beer with a flavor akin to bitter dark chocolate. There is some coffee flavor here, it’s kind of a "I left this coffee in the french press overnight but I’ll drink it cold in the morning because I want a caffeine buzz" sort of coffee flavor, but in a good way. There is a nice depth of roasty maltiness to this beer but it’s not without a nice dosing of hops, particularly of the lightly spicy & the fruit forward persuasion, they’re not dominant but the beer would most certainly be lost without them.
A porter like this truly satisfies.
spilledpint (346) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Weaver Street Market, Southern Village, Chapel Hill, NC
Ar: Big coffee and chocolate flavors on the nose. Very inviting aroma.
Ap: Pours a deep dark brown with a slight ruby hue when held to the light. 1" frothy cinnamon head leaves great lace and sticks around for some time.
T: Flavors follow suit of the aroma. Touch of toffee. Lots of good bitter chocolate and the finish is freshly brewed coffee. Amply hopped finish.
P: Medium-thick body. Moderately carbonated.
O: Favorite of Foothills’ offerings, this is a very good, straightforward porter.
Rustyham (1786) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great big frothy head that leaves lots of streaks on the glass. Flavor is full, dry roasty. Smoky, like cigars. Malt is light in body, but not flavor. Really dry Mouthfeel, but long aftertaste. Growler from midtown.
leeconnelly (4) - isle of palms, South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2011 does not count
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very nice. One of my favorite porters I have tasted in a while. Was excited when i first tasted it.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in my garage. Rich, near black color with a tan head that stays forever. Bitter coffee and black licorice flavors slide into a short, sharp finish of toast crust. A nice cool weather session brew.
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Ernesto987 (4548) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewpub. Big roasty, big chocolate flavors. Semi sweet chocolate. Awesome brew.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at barley’s downtown Asheville... Pours a deeper black stouty pour with reddish brown edges and topped with a thin to medium creamy light beige head that slowly recedes to a thin swirly film... Standard chocolate and lighter roast aroma. A touch thin even in aroma... Flavors are a combination of semi-bitter roasted grains and cocoa/chocolate. Nice semi-full consistency, mouth coating and enjoyable. Finishes on a muted semi-chalky base.
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apperance is pitch black with beige head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, and toffee, the flavor is rich with some milk chocolate, malted milk balls, and caramel. The aftertaste is slightly sweet. Oveerall excellent.