italianjohn (2043) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black/dark brown pour ruby hue and thin off white head ... aroma of toffee, roasted malts and light chocolate malts ..... taste of toffee, roasted malts, roasted coffee, caramel malts, chocolate and a bitter hoppy bite ... finish is dry and bitter with a nice roasted coffee flavor that lingers for a bit .... very solid and tasty porter with nice balance
KajII (711) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a muddy dark brown with a slight ruby hue and a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that quickly diminished, down to a scattered film and small collar with fair spotty lacing.
The aroma was very mild with roasted dark malts, light resin hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of bitter chocolate, coffee and toffee.
The taste was lightly bitter sweet and quite malty with notes of bitter chocolate and toffee pretty much throughout, progressing into a roasty hoppy taste with a bold dark roasted coffee presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a very long time proceeding the swallow with a lightly bitter espresso taste left lingering on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with a thin dry texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this was a rather impressive tasting Porter, with a nice mild hoppy presence which was complimented nicely by the roasty mocha coffee taste... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
msnelling09 (7) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a nice dark brown to light black with a soft tan head of tiny, soft bubbles. The head leaves a lacing of slippery spittle droplets on the sides of the glass. The body is indecipherable in its darkness but shows some light molasses-like colors on its edges that seem clean of particles. On the nose, the beer smells of light, roasted coffee with a kiss of mocha and dark chocolate. Milk chocolate also briefly touches the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes of bitter roast with a kiss of hops. Sweetness is also prevalent from the malts, though subdued, and more chocolaty than sugary. In flavor, the beer begins as warm roasted chocolate which blossoms into roasted coffee, moving from light roast to dark roast and filling the mouth with a nice, bitter roasted flavor with slight hints of raisins and dark fruit in among the roast. The finish carries a slight flavor of ice and metal, oddly enough, with a dying bitter roasted coffee flavor that hints at chocolate and some slight earthiness that balances out the flavor. The aftertaste is of lingering bitter roasted coffee and char. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body, and perhaps even lighter, though the beer does carry a little heaviness in the swallow. Carbonation is soft and almost fluffy on the mouth, and the mouth is left roasted dry. Overall, this is a pretty classic American porter. There is nothing fancy about it, but it’s tasty. It has its chocolate, it has its bitters, and it has its roasted coffee flavors. A nice porter for when you want something simple.
italarican (1053) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub during my visit to my future town. Pours dark brown with reddish hue. Aroma has notes of toffee, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds. Flavor feels slightly watered down, as though the middle of the beer is missing. Some nice coffee, caramel, and toast notes, but the feel watered down. Minimal hop presence. Slight coffee bitterness but fairly malty overall. Decent, but I look forward to trying it again to see if I got a young batch.
Darwenus (405) - Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with red highlights, the foamy head leaves lots of lace throughout the duration of the beer. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, and the rich, coffee/chocolate character in the flavor is complimented with spicy, grassy hops. There is nothing surprising going on, here, but it compares favorably to other fine porters, like Anchor and Founders.
coolpop (1202) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured dark brown with a small tan head and no lacing. Aroma and flavor were lots of roasted malt, light chocolate notes, some dark fruit. Moderately sweet. Moderately hopped; some bitterness from the roast too.
hman43 (46) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definite chocolate aroma, but not strong. Very dark in color with a rich brown head that is moderate in body. Decent taste with a slight bitterness to it. Overall it’s a decent brew.
BlackWarrior (182) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lingering tan head on a dark brown pour. Some reddish highlights and spotty lacing. Aromas of toffee, slight earthiness, roasted malts and coffee, some milk chocolate. Med body with crisp carb. Fairly smooth and creamy(more so on tap). Balanced finish. Flavor of raosted coffee and milk chocolate start off w/ coffee bitterness and an herbal sweetness that reminds me a bit of Jaegarmeister. Excellent porter.
Aurelius (3457) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
What a nice pint - great label, deep dark brew. Distinct bittersweet chocolate character - a little sweeter that what I was expecting from a porter. Roasty, burnt sugars, bittering was mostly from roast and not hops. Slick mouthfeel. Quite good. Thanks to LuckyDog for supporting my rating habit!
Malty_MacHops (577) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roast and malt notes with a light blend of coffee. Deep brown to black with a thick tan head. Balanced between roast and hop bitterness with an underlying malt sweetness. Medium to medium full bodied with a robust roasty finish.
radagast83 (3140) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a medium-dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma was dark, slightly roasted malts, caramel notes, coffee, dried fruits. Flavor was light coffee characters, caramel, roasted notes. Pretty flavorful and enjoyable.