Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Just sort of an average to nice porter with a little coffee added to it. The light coffee notes in the aroma were pleasant, but the coffee in the flavor was a little more like old, nearly stale coffee and coffee grounds.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with red highlights and an average, dark tan to light brown head that kept a thick sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate roasted malt, coffee and sour coffee; slight hops; slight cherry; and a little tobacco. The initial flavor was slightly sweet, light to moderately sour and lightly bitter; while the finish was slightly sweet, moderately sour and light to moderately bitter. There was coffee, sour coffee, sour cherry, roasted malt, cream, and slight hops. The medium body was sort of creamy and a little dry with fizzy and rather tingly carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.
ben4321 (4689) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 6/19/15
Aroma: It has a nice coffee/mocha aroma, a bit of molasses, earthy notes, and roast
Appearance: Dark brown color with a thin tan-to-light brown colored head and light, drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is pretty similar to the aroma, just slightly more bitter and roasty
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with a decently smooth feel, and a fairly short finish
Did sort of an impromptu coffee beer tasting today, drinking this after Whole Hog Espresso Stout. After that one, I just wanted to make sure I could still smell a coffee beer. Anyway, this is one was the better of the two. I enjoyed the mocha-ness of the aroma slightly more than I enjoyed the flavor, but it is a solid overall beer all around.
magsinva (961) - Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (negative points for the label. If you are going to have a sexist label, at least be cleaver about it, which this isnít.) itís an average coffee stout, but since this is supposed to be a porter, thatís a bit of a fail. Meh.
DiarmaidBHK (3693) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Weis Selinsgrove with a label tang looks like it was designed by an oversexed teenager. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves a. Lot of lacing in the glass. Has some coffee notes on the nose and on the tongue. Has a bit of bitterness on the finish. Eh!
hfmejias (982) - Dover, Delaware, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured brownish black, light brown head, lots of lacing on the glass. Lots of coffee on the nose, roasted malts some caramel and some chocolate. Taste is a nice mix of coffee, chocolate and roast (malts). Nice and drinkable; I wonít have a problem finishing these ones.
demannu (176) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 Average looking porter with a huge frothy head similar to a root beer float. Coffee and dark chocolate well represnted on the nose. Ton of thick lacing as head dissipates. Soft silky mouthfeel. Medium full body. Rather subdued start flavor wise. Finish brings a bit of bitterness with the coffee. Not in love with this as a whole.
Ron (2952) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appearance (of the label) is nice. Brown/black pour with a white ring. Strong scent of coffee, with a roasty malt finish.. Thick/medium bodied, silky feeling, crisp finisher. Nuts and earthy flavors up front with a coffee, roasty finish. Thanks for the trade JB.
orangesol (968) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on-tap at the Brass Rail into a standard pint.
A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger khaki colored head leaving light lace down the glass.
S - Smells of dark roasted coffee, earthy hops, chocolate, and the ever present dark roasted malt. The coffee is a little bitter, combining with the hops to almost for a black ale.
T - Starts off with a big dose of bitter coffee slowly giving way to a mix of dark roasted malt, chocolate, bitter hops, and some light fruitiness. The finish is mostly dark roast with some light bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Roasty, hoppy, feel that lingers on the pallet.
O - This one is OK. Like a cheaper version of Troegs Dead Reckoning honestly. I didnít have a problem finishing it but I wonít be rushing out to get another.
pwachtman (2) - - AUG 25, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lovely and strong coffee taste and smell. Chocolate notes. Slightly heavy compared to more popular porters today.
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass: Dogfish Head pub glass.
Appearance: Damn near opaque chestnut body with a murky visible section around the edges through light. A short but dense tan head rises from the body, forming a creamy coating when all is said and done.
Aroma: The aroma is almost milky. Hints of roasted coffee and creamer along with caramel. The coffee is mild, but overall the aroma is nice.
Taste: Mild and rather boring intro gives some coffee flavors, but the beer gets good by the finish with a mocha presence thatís very nice. Like powdered cocoa and mild coffee, sort of creamy chocolate and hints of caramel.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: This is a decent coffee porter, despite the coffee not being very prominent. I like the flavor out of this though, itís like a milk stout.
Darkmagus82 (1977) - - AUG 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-12-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance Ė Served a deep brown colored brew with a one finger tan head. The head fades relatively fast to give a moderate level of lacing.
Smell Ė The aroma is big in roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Mixed with these smells are some lighter notes of some brown sugar and a little bit of dark fruit. Overall, it is quite a tasty smelling brew.
Taste Ė The taste starts out more roasted malt and brown bread in flavor. Soon the coffee comes to the tongue along with some of the brown sugar sweetness that was detected in the nose. As the taste advances further the chocolate then comes to the scene, melding well with the coffee flavor to produce a mocha taste. These flavors slightly bitter the brew in the end and leave a rather satisfying flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer was rather thin with a carbonation level that was on the slightly higher side. The body was too light, and to allow the nice chocolate and coffee flavors to shine, a thicker body would be necessary.
Overall Ė While it had all the right flavors, it lacked the body to hold them up. Just a bit more in the body and the brew would be wonderful, but without it, in some ways it is akin to drinking watered down gourmet coffee.