holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle thanks to andrew for this. Pours a dark black with a thick tan head that laces in strands down the glass. Roasty nose thatís extremely ashy. Burnt malts, molasses, chocolate, and espresso flavors surround my tongue with a bitter roasty finish. A reatlly tasty porter, I"ll have to find some more of this.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours almost pure black and viscous, like oil. Medium head shows good head retention and lacing. Taste is huge roasted malts with notes of espresso and tobacco. Taste is bitter roasted malts, espresso, tobacco, carame, mintl. Very bitter finish. Full bodied.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Possibly the best porter Iíve had...pour was dark black with a minimal tan head. Nose was heavy on the dark roasted malts with a shitload of espresso bean, black cherry and tobacco noted. Medium-full bodied...great mouth feel. Roasted malts, leaf tobacco, chocolate and black cherries all meld beautifully in the taste.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of rich cacao dark chocolate, roasted malts, wood, and some smoke, and some resin hops. Black in the gl with an average sized frothy medium brown head taht somewhat lasted and left some lace. Flavor is roasted malt and smoke with a little peat on the semi-bitter finish. Palate is medium bodied and oily soft. Fantastic beer, I canít recall a better porter.
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to mreusch, thanks Matt. Poured a deep brown color with a half-inch dark beige head that faded to a light film and ring that left a little lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts with some hints of coffee, a bit of charred oak, and some light earthy hoppiness. Lightly prickly, semi-sweet entry with some dark chocolate, a hint of light roast, and a bit of lingering smoke complimented by a relatively moderate earthy hoppiness that finishes with some dryness. Low carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, it is a solid porter with a nice nose, but it didnít strike me as having any over-whelming qualities.
thornecb (4315) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black into an English pint. Mocha micro head recedes to coat surface leaving spot lacing. Charred espresso and dark chocolate aromas. Tingling smoked malts upfront with a lasting bitter chocolate and hopped mocha finish.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle kindly shared by theisti. Pours black with a thin tan head and patchy lace. The nose is a thing of beauty and sadly overshadows the flavor for me: milk chocolate and round dark roasted malt; much like a roasty chocolate malted milk shake. Light-bodied and slick with an almost astringent, mildly bitter finish. Roasted malt, cocoa and an interesting, bitter hodgepodge of hop notes. While the flavor falls short of the aroma, this is a fine porter and one that I can easily recommend. Thanks for sharing it with me Tim!
MSUBeerGeek (2) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz brown stubby purchased from Oadeís Big Ten.
Pours an oily, completely opaque black. Hints of scarlet show themselves as well. Very little head after the pour. Lacing is almost non-existent.
Aroma is rich in malt, with hints of molasses and a nose that reminds me of chilled chocolate milk.
This porter starts off thin, but gathers up a nice mid-mouth feel. with roasted malt and a hint of grahm cracker. Finishes with a dryish hop bitter. Not too much bitter though. Rather, just enough to round out this fine beer.
Overall, this is a great porter. Old school with its bombardment of malt, yet the uncharacteristic subtle hop finish leaves the drinker classically refreshed.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of fiver29. Pours a pitch black with red highlights and the bottom and a half finger brown head that faded into a ring almost immediately. The nose is roasty, smoky chocolatey coffee Ė really great aroma. The taste is not as good as the nose, but still nice. Milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa and charcoal with a bitter hoppy coffee finish. Medium mouth feel. Very good porter Ė thanks John!
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours dark brown nearly black with dark tan head. Aroma is heavy with roasted malt and coffee with dark chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor is full with roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Nice mouthfeel. Finishes bitter. Nice Porter.