milewide (1365) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2009
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
100% non-porter! Light brown color similar to good IPAs. Really thin body and weak head. Taste was sweet, with no porter roasted malt or sourness. No hop bitterness either. Label called this a beer, but I believe that all true porters are ales.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle my niece brought for me to a family gathering. Over carbinated sweet aroma with some roast. Dark brown body with off white dirty head. Flavor had more carbination sweetness with some smoke and roasted nut flavor on finish. Still that sweetener lingered on the palate.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Root beer? Nah can’t be. But it sure as hell tastes like it. Seriously this would be the ideal Beer float with some ice cream. John couldn’t have been more right with his description. Easily could have passed for an English Brown Ale. Nothing about it tastes like a porter. Nutty, caramel and cinnamon notes. Aroma is pretty bland with some metallicy notes and smoke. Back to the drawing board Grays!
Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This porter is more opaque mahogany than the typical stout like appearance. A very small tan head. Aroma is malty with a bit of roasted nuts and some fruit. Is this really a porter? Flavor is caramel, sugar, and fruit. There is just a bit of spice. Are we sure this isn’t a brown ale? As a brown ale it is a pretty good beer but as a porter it falls well short.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2009
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Deep brown with some copper while held to light. The head us thin and light tan colored. The aroma has some light milk chocolate and leather. There is also some old rotting apple. The taste has some strange stale caramel and nasty leather. There is also some cocoa in the finish, but the off flavors blow it away. Plastic? Nasty.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On draught at the Grays Tied House in Verona, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head the dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, a touch of toffee, some flowery hops and a hint of roasted nuts. Taste is light bodied, plenty of carbonation with flavors of roasted caramel, some Brazilian nuts, a hint of flowery hops and some Ivory soap. Finish is watery, slightly crisp with no aftertaste. Definitely not the dark and roasted malt porters I am used to enjoy but maybe a decent light amber beer.
thegreenrooster (3056) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. This is not a porter. I had to check the bottle to make sure it said porter on there and it sure does. Aroma is a decent sweet malt with a whiff of hops. Flavor is weak and watery with some sweet malt coming through. This beer was not listed here so i added it but this is not a porter by a long shot. A weak brown ale at best.