Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a very deep brown colored body with an inch thick, foamy and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is big dark and dry chocolates, some toffee sweetness, lots of ashy roasts, some grainy bread, a touch of milk chocolate, and a light earthy bitterness. Flavor is moderately bitter and roasty up front with a nice dry dark chocolate. Some more grainy bread, a nice toffee sweetness, and a good amount of earth with more dry roasts. A light milk and dark chocolate sweetness finishes with the dry, somewhat ashy roasts and moderate earthy bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste with ash, hops, and a light malt sweetness sticking out following a medium body and a fairly lively carbonation. Overall, a really nice porter. Lots of dry, robust, slightly ashy roasts and earthy hops all balanced well with a light, but solid chocolate and English toffee malt. The carbonation works really well with this and keeps it very easy drinking. Great beer.
jrob21 (3050) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle back from best way. Really nice smooth toasty porter with a creamy texture. Little milk chocolate action goin on. The treatments on this are going to be worth checking out.
jtd6628 (360) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good beer. Not much aroma. The taste is roasty malts with chocolate sweetness and a coffee bitterness.
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from JCB. Thanks! This pours a dark brown color with a thick fluffy tan head. The aroma shows oats and light ash, with dark chocolate joining in. Dark chocolate, bitter espresso bean, and some leafy notes make the flavor. The finish is rather dry, hoppy, and ashy. This is more hoppy than expected; covers some of the softer creamy things going on but this is a good beer.
tmongoose (1871) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft at wwbf asheville. poured out a dark brown. the intense aroma of chocolate and sweet caramel/toffee and coffee. the first little sip was very good the flavors blended very well together with the coffee kick this is a great porter. the roasted malts and coffee mixing with that chocolate flavor this is a go to porter. great job.
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber courtesy of kubrick215. Thanks again man!
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with ruby red edges and a two finger beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap. The glass is left coated with streaks and chunks of lace.
Slightly smokey, roasted aroma that has a nice balance of subtle earthy hops and sweeter malt notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee and toast along with a touch of floral, piney hops.
Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a good balance of roasted, sweet and bitter flavors. There’s a decent amount of roasted malt that gives off a subtle smoke character but it never feels burnt or overpowering. Hints of bitter dark chocolate, toast, caramel and oatmeal dominate the flavor before finishing with a lingering hop bitterness. Surprisingly hoppy for the style with more dry bitterness than I prefer. This element takes away from the more pleasant malt flavors and unfortunately begins to dominate things as I work my way through the bottle.
Cybercat (4288) - 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 (187) - 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 (3677) - 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 (352) - 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.