Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black with a beige head. Aroma contains a good dose of coffee and chocolate. The flavor has an espresso like characer with some dark chocolate and licorice. This is very bitter and delicious. Holy crap is this amazing. The finish is like eating dark chocolate covered coffee beans then comes the milk. Im floored by how good this is.
nearbeer (3432) - 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.
SSSteve (3663) - - 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!
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.
Appearance: Effectively, a black body, though, as you drink it down, some mahogany shades appear at the edges. Scant, beige head, but they really fill ’er up here at Taco Mac.
Smell: Dark kilned malts, though not overtly roasty or burnt, instead calmly leaning towards sweetish chocolate and caramel.
Taste: Dark maltiness prominently featuring sweet chocolate tones, though a bit Tootsie Roll-esque. Also, some sweet caramel. It’s never particularly roasty, at best you’re given a hint of sugar sweetened coffee. A few drops of prune juice. Understated hoppiness and a low level of bitterness. Remains chocolaty approaching the finish, picking up a bit of vanilla, and ends with still a bit of residing residual sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Stays on the soft, sweet, malty side of things, making for a pleasing, tasty brew.
Beachmaster (55) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into a pint glass. Pours a deep black, with a medium tan head that fades fairly quickly, with moderate lacing. Nose is coffee and dark malt. Taste follows the nose. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, with a medium length finish. Pleasant, but not exceptional.
Cybercat (2989) - 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.
yackery (151) - 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,
Drake (7945) - 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.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Matte black, tan foam. Aroma is dry roastiness, calcium, chocolate, coffee beans. Taste is more roasty astringency, some earthy hoppiness, finish of sweet chocolate. Nice.
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.