JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown-black beer with a thin head. Aroma is great. Lots of big rich coffee and chewy fudgey malts. Sweet and cocoaish with lots of soft light fruitiness. There is a light chewy herbal hoppiness but mostly lots of rich sweet rich chocolate and a light cherry character. It’s another really tasty beer.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle via trade with pantanap, thanks Kan!) Pours a viscous-looking very dark brown, nearly black, basically opaque, two sturdy fingers of mocha-tinted head. Aroma of milk and dark chocolate with a hint of molasses. Mouthfeel smooth, lightly fizzy, fairly thick. Flavor of semi-sweet dark and milk chocolate over some coffee. Hints of grassiness sneak in toward finish. Overall a very solid porter and one of the best American versions I’ve had.
beerbill (3377) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with pnista. Pours black with a moderate brown head that lasted through mid-glass and left a thin layer of foam with each sip. The aroma of this beer is both powerful and luscious. When I walked into my family room with the glass and sat down, my wife could smell the beer from across the room. Delicious fragrance of chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee and roasted malt. The flavor, while solid, is very different from the aroma and is predominantly cigar tobacco with some roasted malt and minimal amounts of chocolate and coffee. A bit dry as the beer finishes. I’d love to try another one of these at some point to see if there is any variation among bottles. If this one had tasted as good as it smelled, this would have easily scored into my top ten. As it is, a very good beer nonetheless.
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this was wonderful. Pours very dark and stout like with a dense creamy soapy head that lasts. The aroma has roasted malt, rich chocolate, nougat and earthy spicy hops - excellent. Medium body that is luscious creamy and smooth with flowing soft carbonation. The flavor starts with roasted malt and some sweetness, chocolate, lush cream and some very dark berries. The finish has some complementary earthy / spicy hops giving it amazing balance. This is a fantastic porter.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a small brown head...slight chocolaty aroma...full body with a nice creamy mouthfeel...lots of roasted flavors and a big chocolate finish...smooth and delicious
Maddog (392) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice porter with chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Smooth yet finishes dry. For a porter it sure is complex and flavorful. This is one of my favorite porters right up there with Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes.
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Intensely deep rich brown colored body with a medium sized dark tan head. Exceptionally dense nose of cocoa nibs, semi-sweet charred wood and plenty of roast and chocolate malt. Texture is medium-full with moderate frothiness. Somewhat dry chocolate/cocoa flavor with a turn to sweetness in the finish. Full of rich dark chocolate chips and roast with only a faint level of astringency. Amazingly drinkable and delicious. Porter rating #200.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to whomever shared this with me. JuiceIsLoose? This is one of the better porters I’ve had. The aroma is fantastic, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. More of the same in the flavor.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Roasted malt, molasses, and alcohol. Dark brown with brown head. Sweet with a little chocolate bitterness. Medium bodied. Mild carbonation with dry finish. Thanks to Vince for this. This was a nice treat that I wasn’t expecting.
jkwalking05 (3707) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a small dark tan head. Aroma is of peanut butter, milkchocolate, cream, and cocoa. taste is of milk chocolate, sweet, light bitter cocoa powder, and a roasty finish.