ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a fluffy, creamy two-finger mocha shade. It has a soft texture, nice retention, and leaves behind plenty of splotchy lacing on the glass.
S: There’s a good deal going on in the nose. Milk chocolate seems to be the dominant note, while both cream and coffee do a good job of underlying it. I also seem to pick up something suggesting citrusy as well. Citrusy hops don’t always work in a porter, but they do here. Everything seems to be well integrated.
T: I don’t pick up much of the chocolate or cream I did on the nose. Rather, the most prevalent flavor is coffee - and lots of it. When done right in a porter/stout, piny hop bitterness can make the beer generally resemble espresso, and it does here. Post-swallow, there’s less of a coffee flavor and more of a general hoppy note. Very vague suggestions of fruit esters seem to hang around here and there. Hoppy porters are never my favorite style, but this one seems to work quite well considering.
M: There isn’t much heft on the palate; since this is more sweet than bitter, this lightness is welcome. It’s also bone dry and strongly carbonated; naturally, this is very easy to drink.
O: A decent - if not amazing - robust porter, the hops here work better than some others in the style. Still, I wish some more of the malt character came through.
brownaler (414) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is roasted chocolate and vanilla with slightly bitter malts in the body. Slightly vanilla aftertaste as well.
kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a one finger frothy light brown head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is pretty nice, lots of chocolate malt with lighter roast and dark fruit. The flavor is a bit heavy on the burnt and roasted malt for my tastes in the style. The heavy chocolate note that was in the nose is not there in the flavor. This really tastes more stout-like than it does a porter. Medium bodied with just a slight cling on the finish and soft fizzy carbonation. Meh, I thought I’d like this one a little more than I did.
ldcuervo (7) - USA - SEP 6, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Classic porter style. Heavy roasted and mildly bitter. Chocolate notes. Not hoppy. Darker than most. Pours with small head. Creamy and smooth. Very drinkable for one or more in a night. Draft and bottle.
chinchill (3344) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
undated 650 ml bomber bottle (nice label) served in a snifter (from notes).
A: The beer is clear, but a very dark reddish-brown. It poured with a small tan head that reduced to little more than a ring but left spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate level of dark malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses in the nose. Very slight metallic/astringent component initially, but this disappeared after warming/airing.
T: Dominated by dark roasted malts, the rich flavor has some light spice and bitterness from the hops. Some mild coffee appears in the slightly earthy finish and long-lasting aftertaste.
M: Medium-body leaning towards full; Moderate level of carbonation; Near creamy smooth; Slight dryness in finish.
O: A flavorful, roasty porter which, after warming at least, has none of the flaws found too often in porters (e.g., too smokey; burnt notes). More complex and satisfying than most porters, this is an excellent example of an Amer./English porter.
HourGlass13 (380) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown nearly black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roast coffee. Taste is also coffee with mild hints of dark chocolate, slight bitterness. Smooth with a full body and creamy mouth feel.
Leafs93 (1945) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a khaki head. Aroma is earthy, dark chocolate, roast and hints of vanilla. Taste is bittersweet. Medium bodied, slick texture and an overall excellent porter.
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the "Drink Moar Beer!" tasting on 06/12/2015: The beer is a dark brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily to a wispy film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate and mild hops. Light-bodied with flavors of toasty malt, sweet chocolate and slighty earthy hops. The finish is sweet with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft, Closed For Business, Charleston.
Head is small, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with a light note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation.
Dull and simple but drinkable.
DrunkSanta410 (728) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home thanks to Brad! Pours a dark cola color with thick long lasting white head. Aroma is cocoa, toffee, faint coffee and toast. Taste is coffee, faint bitter chocolate, and hints of sweet caramel / toffee. Medium body, thin mouthfeel, high carbonation. Nice flavor in this porter.
ordybill (824) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a very nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
Appearance- Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Has a big beige head.
Taste- The roasted malt comes shining through along with a hint of coffee and chocolate.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A very solid beer, Foothills Brewery has a very nice product in this one.