markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks tpd975 for the share. Pours dark brown with dark brown head. Nose is lots of roast with some licorice and coffee. Flavor is lots of dark malt with with hops and some bitter coffee. Nice start, roasty flavor, then a bitter finish.
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...This isnít an Impy? Black as night with a small amber head. Heavy aroma of chocolate and coffee. Thick. You can almost chew this stuff up. Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar/molasses. This is a meal by itself. There went my diet.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, courtesy tpd975. Black as midnight pour, very dark tan head, thick lacing. Nose is huge candied roast, brown sugar, coffee and some dry grain. Very dry, roasted grains, caramel, some chocolate, and a nice sweet finish. Porter? Eh sure. Smooth, medium-bodied, drinkable and chewy. Very enjoyable, but obviously a stout.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black creamy goodness. hops and chocolate, coffee malt nose. taste is robust... rich dark malty frame with some great hop balance.thick and creamy, but with a somewhat dry finish. good stuff
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: Deep black pour with a rising, tan head that settles into a thick whipped top after a few minutes. The aroma is complex and hits all the right notes for me for the style. A healthy dose of freshly ground coffee starts things off, with a meandering hint of baked brownies and sweet chocolate cutting through the roastiness from time to time. Roasted almonds and vanilla also come to mind as the beer warms. The body is just as complex, with equally interesting mix of fresh press, cocoa, dark nuts and more. Very hoppy, which is nice to balance the blanket of malts. Very creamy and full on the tongue. A very nice example of the style - it reminds me of the first time I tried Arcadiaís London Porter years ago. I hope this one stays around as well as it will be great to pull a fresh six from the shelves from time to time. Do not pass this up.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, no date from Le Cork in Mount Horeb. Black with a one finger dark tan head, slowly fading to a thick ring and thin film. Aroma has lots of milk chocolate up front with plenty of roasted barley and malts in the backend. Some light vanilla is also present. The flavor is roastier with only mild burnt black patent malts present, otherwise much the same as the aroma. Dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. A good solid robust porter with no flaws I could find.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from drewbeerme, thanks Andrew. Super dark pour with a chocolatey head. Aroma is chocolate as well, slightly bitter, very nice. Slight coffee, more chocolate and a little bitter, not bad, but not my thing either.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy juiceisloose. A deep, dark, chocolate mahogany body is crowned by a lasting, foamy, mocha colored head. Big spots of lace mark the glass. The nose is big, rich, and roasty, with notes of bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, lactic cream and bitter earthy hops all working wonderfully together. As great as the aroma is, this stuff tastes even better. Dark cacao nibs and rich chocolate fudge blend superbly with silky smooth oatmeal nd heavy cream. There are some mocha-chocolate milkshake tendencies here that are just decadent. Medium-full, rich, smooth and creamy, I canít think of another 6.5% beer that feels this good on the palate. Awesome stuff.
Guerde (1164) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Been wanting to try this one for awhile. Pours jet black with a thin dark tan head that leaves plenty of web-like lacing on the snifter. Aroma is strong with roasted malt, tons of chocolate, and berry skin. Once in awhile, upon an initial sniff, I catch a whiff of burnt popcorn that detracts a bit from the other pleasant smells. There is also a subtle touch of smoke here with roasted peanuts and salt. The taste is nicely roasted malt with a very long-lasting finish of chocolate coupled with espresso. That burnt popcorn again shows itself in the flavor, which is a shame. Other than that, the taste is simple, but itís really well executed. A really smooth, silky mouthfeel. This is a great porter.
dmac (3998) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Moan and Dove. Once again Founders knocks it out of the park. Dark roasty and chocolatey. Thick full creamy body and a nice lingering aftertaste. Simply awesome.