orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at Shady McGradyís during a recent Happy Hour trip.
A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving spotty patches of lace down most of the glass.
S - Smells of robust dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruits and some black licorice. Nothing too over the top here, very nice balance.
T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast - both from the malt and the coffee - slowly giving way to some sweetness from the chocolate and dark fruits. The balance of sweet to roast is fairly well done, the roast does become a bit overbearing as it warms but not too bad. Finish is roasty, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The dark flavors are strong in this one, lingering on the pallet long after the finish.
O - Definitely one of the better American Porters out there. This one packs plenty of flavor and was very easy to drink. Glad I got this one.
heminator (72) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Itís like someone perfectly unified the most rich, velvety chocolate milk youíve ever had with beer. Maybe the most amazing mouthfeel of any beer Iíve ever had. The chocolate flavors seem dominant, but if itís not quite as complex as some porters Iíve ever had -- I simply didnít care. It was so flavorful, balanced and palate-pleasing. Amazing stuff.
canary dog (733) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is certainly a very rich and satisfying porter. Roasty malts and subtle smoke tease your taste buds. The finish is pretty clean and well balanced. A healthy amount of hoppiness accompanies the swallow, as is the case for most American micro porters.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Inky black/brown body under a slow, thick mocha head. Deep, lush aromas... cocoa, smoky malt, burnt matchsticks, coffee roasts, then more sweet chocolate syrup (enticing to the point where I had to stop sniffing and start drinking). Thick, luscious mouthfeel, "full bodied" in every last sense of the phrase. Flavor blows me away like every other component thus far: Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, char... incredible bittersweet deliciousness. ~~~~~~~ Purchased a few weeks ago in a mix-a-six from Woodmanís in Carpentersville, IL.
Msavage235 (90) - - MAR 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting take on a porter. Alcohol aroma and a deep rich, bittersweet chocolate taste with a syrupy mouth feel that lingersin your mouth. Expected this to be alot roastier but it took the sweeter route.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
36cl, American brew, from Brouwerij de Molen Bodegraven, very complex Porter, roasted/malty and slightly bitter/woody, balanced, clear, rocky head, very good brew
seymour (1876) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 Tasted from bottle into snifter. Poured an opaque, very, very dark reddish brown color with lasting tan foam and excellent lace. Aromas of husky grains, dark toast, coffee, fruity ale yeast esters, strong doses of perfumey hops and alcohol. The flavor was a dark, dry, tart maltiness suggestive of brown bread, coffee cake, toffee, almost burnt caramel, citrus rinds, raisins, plums, blackberry cordial. An American hops-forward interpretation of porter, in a good way, and thank god not overly grapefruity. Strong carbonation, medium body, mouthfeel was almost syrupy but drier than that, and not at all sticky. I couldnít taste the alcohol, but I definitely felt it a minute later. A magnificently balanced masterpiece of a beer.
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle dated 2/10/12 into porter glass
Aroma: chocolate and malt. coffee is strongest scent. can smell the alcohol a bit
Appearance: very dark pour. deep chocolate brown/black color. hardly any head. the thin layer that is there is a milk chocolate brown and faded quickly
Taste: sweet at first followed by bitter
Palate: lighter than expected in the body. a little thin. average carbonation. slightly bitter finish
Overall: one of the lower ABV beers from Founders. I like this alot. i was able to swirl the glass to get more head to form. the chocolate came out a bit more after that. i may have drank this too cold as it was straight from the fridge.
Jacksuhn (11) - - MAR 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very inviting aromas. A lovely bouquet of chocolate, some coffee, a little caramel and nuts too. Maybe a little resin aromas from the hops. Dark (black) but thin appearance with a short lasting creamy tan head. Flavor has a roast-like bite to it but is still a little sweet. Balance is toward the bitterness from hops and dark malts which suits me just fine. It reminds me of eating some burnt toast but in a really good way. The nice medium body really gives this beer a fuller feeling. Itís a bit slick and a little astringent but it really stays with you.
Overall this is an excellent porter. A little darker and roastier than I might prefer, but it hits the spot and is extremely drinkable.
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2012 Pint pour In Urbana, IL. This is the best porter I can remember. It pours a pitch black and has a dark brown foam at top. It was like a rich, dark, slightly sweet beer version of Whoppers. Very smooth and filling.