cblado (221) - Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Had this at the Doty St. location with my meal. Simply incredible. Nearly opaque, this porter was a deep, portentous black in color, a hue that belied the plethora of rich coffee and chocolate notes inside. Felt a little thin, but that was easily forgivable given the intense flavor. Incredible.
stangger (571) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 On tap at downtown location. Strong aroma of chocolate and coffee. Super thick body, milky, great roasted flavor. Surprisingly excellent. By far the best beer in an otherwise unremarkable lineup.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tall tan head, leaving a moderate lace. Rich aromas of smoke and chocolate. On the flavor, the smoke and chocolate are joined by a delicious cereal component of wort and oatmeal, with fruit and hops to round out the flavor profile. Very thick, smooth body. Delicious and satiating.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub on 6/22/07: Pours an opaque black with a thin ring of wispy tan head. Sweet earthy dark caramel and roasted malt aroma. Body starts with a nice full and sweet dark caramel maltiness with good roasted and chocolate malty balance toward an enjoyable, lingering dark chocolate caramel finish. A very nice and fairly complex porter.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks Darker Then Sin. Very Thin. Tastes like Cold Espresso. Not bad by any means.
BCAR (220) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand-pulled at the Madison brewery. Starbucks black pour with a thin head. Excellent roasted flavor with coffee and a nice hop presence. finishes slightly bitter but not overdone. This is a great American porter. The best brewpub Iíve been to.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This hand-pullled monster creates a dense tan head on a black, earthy (well named, eh?)brew. Very assertive. Nice dark chocolate with burnt flavors that borders on a west coast stout in flavor. Nice use of hops and alcohol to reign in the huge body. This is not an English porter. The hop usage make it American all the way.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black, opaque. Shifty amoeba, tan head. Aroma contains some bitterness, dark chocolate and rich milk chocolate, and some cocoa powder. Flavor is a rich mocha cappuccino. Nice full-bodied rendition. Creamy, smooth. Like Dove dark chocolate, an impressive chocolate decadence is achieved with this one. French roasted coffee aftertaste. Right on target.
brian60625 (609) - Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Imperial pint at the downtown GD brewery. Somehow, after over a decade of visiting the Dane, I finally got a full glass (rather than a sampler) of their porter. Itís delicious and an above average abv kicker. Thereís no abv listed above, but I suspect itís ~6.5%-7%. It sits right in that middle ground where you can tell youíre getting your moneyís worth, but itís still not a baby-sips drinking pace situation. In other words, Black Earth is very drinkable. Itís pitch black, lightly carbonated, thin brown foam layer. Malted liquor smell and taste. Oats, coffee and chocolate - the usual subjects of porters - show up in a nicely delivered, very traditional package. Two things are unexpected here: (1) the aforementioned abv presence and (2) a lighter than average body. The carbonation is very subdued, which lends to the malty feel. I look forward to having this one in the wintertime.
esjaygee (3209) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and smoke. Thick, rich and flavorful taste of roasted malts, coffee with a mild bitter finish and a bit of sweetness to it as well. One of the better efforts of the brewpub.