zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours black, darker than some porters, with a thin tan head. Rich aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, graham cracker and brown sugar. Full flavored porter with tastes of chocolate and coffee with a hint of hops to finish. Leaves a lingering bitter taste on the palate (reminded me of cocoa powder, but it was good). A fine porter, near the top of its class.
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Corral liquors, Granite City IL.
Pours black with no head. Very rich, somewhat sweet chocolate aroma.
Tastes as good as it smells. A creamy,chocolate flavor with a slightly bitter finish.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a spectacular porter, never had one more smooth and delicious and creamy than this. Will definitely have to start drinking this much more often.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Normís Wine and Beer. Pours an oily, totally opaque, deep black with a thin, slightly beige head that faded fast. Aroma is nice, raisins, coffee, nuts, toast, a touch of wood, chewy malts, breads, dark fruits. Flavor is heavy on the licorice and coffee, nuts, bread, chocolate, just a bit of booze. You can really taste the barley and grains in this - something I thoroughly enjoy. Slightly creamy, slightly oily in the mouth. A bit astringent in the throat with a lasting malty sweetness on the tongue. Really really good.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: 12 oz bottle purchased at Friar Tuckís in Bloomington.
Glass: Poured into my North Coast Stem Glass.
Appearance: Jet black pour (reminiscent of an Imperial Stout) with a thin brown head.
Aroma: Heavy chocolate and a hint of coffee.
Flavor: Full of chocolate. The alcohol seemed to come through a little. Hint of coffee.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: Good porter, but not great.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottlethanks dave. Black body and tan head. Really dark chocolate malts and coffee hints. Very tasty. Hope to have again. Porters are gaining popularity with me.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep brown bubbly khaki head. Nutty roasted aroma with some burnt graham cracker and chocolate (reminiscent of símores) Slick oily texture- richly malty in the flavor yet easily drinkable. Light licorice notes and chocolate. Rounded and richly malty with nice drinkability.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours viscous dark brown, settling with a brown head. Aroma of black coffee, roasts, and dark chocolate. Perhaps some licorice as well. Flavor starts with mild roasts, and dark chocolate, moving towards a firm semi-sweet chocolate with ash in the middle. Finish is dry, with coffee and more roasts. Nice full flavor while maintaining the delicate dry presence of a traditional porter. Sweetens nicely as it warms. Decent, but I prefer Smuttyís Robust Porter, or Fullerís.
jsh420 (11) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
pours pitch black with a 1 finger coco brown head. smells of chocolate. tastes of roasted malt and chocolate with a nice hop bite in the finish. mouthfeel is creamy and light when compared to stouts which this beer kicks ass over lots of stouts. this beer is almost a mirror image of breakfast stout without the coffee and is a tad lighter body. when you run out of breakfast stout this is your next best year round option and is half the price. this is in my top 5 of all time porters
drfabulous (3376) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic. Rich and chocolate. Lots of coffee. My senses get confused. How much does this beer differ from Breakfast Stout? The flavors are close.