Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Gail’s Hops & Grapes in Hickory, NC, opened 4/13/11. Pours a clear very dark brown color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate notes, roasted malts, faint nutty notes. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, bitter citrus and floral hops, nutty finish. Medium bodied. Straightforward porter, but very well made. I can imagine myself sitting at some bar in Asheville putting back pint after pint of this stuff.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2011
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate, cardboard, vinegar. Tastes of balsamic vinegar with some soy sauce on the finish.
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from Beer Dispensery in Apex. 6/14/11. Ok aroma, sweet. Chocolate, caramel, little vineous, maybe tad oxidized. Dark orangy brown color, ok head, little to no lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, mild bittersweet finish. Alright, will revisit.....
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Pours black with a huge gushing dark tan head. Aroma and flavor are heavy with milk chocolate with some coffee and raisins. Slightly smoky; rather sweet. Some roast malt; minimal hop presence. Thin palate. Strikes me more as almost a dunkel than a porter. Not terribly English, which would nothave added chocolate and would have some more balance.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at the World Beer Festival Columbia Brewers Party on 01/21/2011. Dark brown body with ruby highights. Sweet roast, chocolate and light vanilla aroma. Sweer chocolate, light roast, and faint vanilla flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
SSSteve (3860) - - JUL 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. almost black with a small tan head. strong coffee, milk chocolate and toasted malt nose. flavors of toasted malt, burnt bread, milk chocolate and creamed coffee. medium body and moderate dry finish. a little chalky. a fantastic porter! one of french broads best!
argo0 (11710) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, thanks wilkie. Medium beige head, cola dark-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast/coffee, some cocoa, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, light acidity.
nearbeer (3897) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Deep chocolate color with a lasting quarter inch of creamy foam. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, caramel with hints of oats and berries. Flavor is more up front with the sour cream and tart berry, but the roasty chocolate, char and coffee come on strong to provide an exquisite balance. Medium body is silky smooth, has a nice dry-roast finish, and goes down very easy. One of the best porters I’ve ever tasted.
jcwattsrugger (11277) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours a tan head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-cocoa powder. Taste is sweet dark malt-cocoa powder, some hops bite.
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Taco Mac Sandy Spring, GA. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocoalte aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.