anders37 (15299) - 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.
IPAsavedMYlife (344) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of milk chocolate on the nose, with roasted barley notes. Good amount of carbonation. Head is slightly brown in color and very even. Drinking in a Guinness glass it looks quite similar but not as creamy. Lots of roasted flavor in this one, chocolate, coffee notes. Light mouthfeel. Aftertaste is bitter with some hop characteristic. Nicely made beer, rather thin on the palate.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle
A relative bargain at $3.99 this still did not manage to live up to my expectations. Perhaps French Broad is one of those breweries that creates beers which are "good enough" without putting more effort or maybe my bottle was just an exception. Either way as it is not something that I can readily pick up in Ohio I won’t be seeking it out unless I happen to be a road trip somewhere it is distributed.
Aroma / Appearance - The flat lifeless pour was devoid of energy like a factory worker coming from a double shift. There may have been some carbonation but it was rather hard to tell through the murky body. Charcoal soaked in black coffee makes it retain the odor of a cup purchased at the local gas station (or McDonalds) and then left to cool overnight in the car. It has some character but mostly just leaves you scratching your head wondering where the rest of the experience is.
Flavor / Palate - Iced black coffee was no shock. A milky touch at the end was unexpected and livened things a bit. As a baseline porter this does the job well enough to be drinkable but not so much that I couldn’t think of any other number of alternatives that would just as good or better. If you’re trying to cut the beer budget locals / regionals like this might be an option. If you want truly great beer spend a bit more and get something better.
Gachupines (785) - USA - APR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a thin white lacing of head. Aroma is slightly roasted and just a tiny bit musty. Flavor is strongest right up front with a nice roasted malt, slightly nutty. Balancing out quickly with a very slight hop character underneath. Finishes clean with just a hint of sweetness that lingers on the tongue. Solid porter.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, mostly clear. Very nice chocolate and light roast in the aroma. The hops are there but are definitely not a dominant note. Very easy to drink and enough flavor to be interesting. This is a thumbs up porter.
bleeng (1472) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Dark brown but clear. Small tan head. Nose is a bit light with notes of smokiness and roasted malts. Taste is the same as the nose. Light body for a porter. Very average. I’ve not been impressed with any of the French Broad line so far.
Cybercat (2910) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly reddish sable with a decent, if not too persistent, tan head. Aroma is strong and oily with smoky, nutty and semi-sweet chocolate tones - very appealing. Smoky flavor has tones of coffee, unsweet chocolate, nuts and oak. Texture is smooth, fizzy and grainy, not as thick as a stout but still pleasing. Look for it.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark garnet brown pour with one finger of light tan head. Nose shows roasted grain, semi sweet chocolate, black coffee, and leafy hops with a mild sweetness. Flavor is not quite as nice as the nose, some coffee and roast, chocolate falls out. Mild bite from the grain and some coffee on the finish.
yackery (150) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2011 Pours a thin head that dissolves to form a thin skin in places of the top of the deep, dark red, cola-like body under a thinner, fast lacing.
Aroma is roasted coffee / chocolate / hot cocoa with a little cream and marshmellow. Yeah.
Taste is a salty bitterness that is bitter chocolate and not licorice.
Palate porter thin and quite lively.
Better beer than many,
rondphoto (1448) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, light head, very little lacing. Taste is of bitter chocolate and coffee, blooming slightly through a "cola-like" carbonated finish. Drinks light, but lays heavy in the belly.