hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this is a great beer probably my second favorite porter next to the Olfabrikken. Its all here the smoothness ,chocolate,malt balance. This is a great beer and I highly recommend picking it up if you get the chance. I had this on draft at the pud in Grand Rapids and was not too impressed but picked up a 6 pack over New Years and was a totally different experience. Creamy and chocolate about reminds me of a good stout but not as over the top.I must admit this is right up at the top and just about half a notch below an Olfabrikken. HIGHLY RECOMMEND..
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, wet roasted grains, smoke, and dark fruits. Taste of roast, dried fruits, smoke, char, cocoa, and a sweet chocolate finish.
TheEpeeist (3053) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a hazy tan head. Nose is coffee, smoke, peanuts and prunes. Tingly medium body, a bit chalky. Taste is dark roast, mocha and anise. Hints of figs and grapefruit. Dry, cocoa powder finish. Assertive, balanced and drinkable. Very good, nice seeing this finally back.
emacgee (3747) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2012 Finally got this around here. Pours ink black with a one finger chestnut brown head. Glory. Nose is very rich and intense, roast and coffee come upfront, popcorn, chocolate, . The flavor is roasty, nice balancing bitterness. Good lord this has to be the most balanced porter of all time. Fantastic bakers chocolate/coffee bitterness along with a nice hop bitterness. Fruityness comes through with a little warmth. Very smooth on the palate with the perfect bitterness. Special this porter is.
TURDFERGUSON (3750) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 6.5%. Glad this is now distributed again and in NC no less. This is what this style is all about. Big, rich, malts, lots of roast, a bit of coffee, and a hefty amount of bitter cocoa. Very drinkable, yet decadent, and silky smooth porter. I was prepared to be a bit let down by this, but it lived up to the hype. Wow. Im blown away. A great way to start new years eve í08.
HonkeyBra (2858) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark pour with a tan pour. Roasty, chocolate nose. A subtle roastiness in the flavor, with lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee, some anise. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. This is more chocolatey than most chocolate beers. Absolutely awesome, better than any porter I’ve ever had.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 The abv said 6.5% on the bottle I had. Nearly black pour with a dark cream almost brown head. Much darker head than the usual porter. Roasty chocolate/caramel nose. Roasted peaty flavor of the standard porter, with much more chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. Creamy carbonation, a solid medium body and rather drinkable. An excellent porter for sure. Not sure why they donít distribute this one more widely.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Excellent lacing. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, hops, slight oreo cookie, light vanilla, slight coffee, and a hint of sugar. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Chocolate and roasted malt finish. A really nice Porter.
flatmatt (984) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, marked at 6.5% ABV. Pours nearly opaque brown with a tan head. Aroma is very rich dark chocolate and coffee, cream, a hint of anise. Flavor is rich roasted coffee with some dark chocolate, cream, and smoke. A very robustly flavored porter, great to drink.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle. Aroma dusts my nose with the ash of Canadian hearth, brisk with black
spruce bark and granite. Pours in dark charred, heart of wood - a deep
black-brown, feathered with a tuft of chicory-tinted mousse. Flavor
develops a dynamic sensation of historic renditions. A really rich,
dense smoky char, nearly burnt, but holding a toasted caramel edge to a
blade of roast. Light sea mist spritzes salts into my sinuses and the
long dash of oak rustles up a memory of campfires and horse rides. The
body is delicate, dry and nimble, carrying flavors as though a fast
Nordic wind blowing down my back. Bright, flavorful and characteristic.
This is a fantastic porter, graced with dapples of hop sugars and gums
in the finish across a glow of November morning dawning on the Great
Lakes. Robust, bristling with flavor and delicious. Thanks Sean!