phishpond417 (2089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Full bodied, black porter, lots of roasted coffee aromas. Dark brown head smelled hoppy, and it had a very malty aroma. the finish was long and dry on the palate.
GJF (1078) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very thick, chewy porter with lots of roast malt and coffee flavor. The only thing keeping this from being higher is it feels a bit unbalanced on the roasted end--but still a unique porter.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brew pub...Pours a medium brown with lots of ruby on the sides. Iím flummoxed here because its called Black Earth, this beer should be super dark, disappointing. A light tan head with good retention but poor lacing...A medium aroma that is sweet with a little roasted coffee on the back, not at all bitter which is surprising but the taste is really bitter from start to finish. Coffee, almost too much with a butterscotch finish.
A decently average porter, try if you there but thatís about as far as I can go
Strykzone (3810) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a full tan head that became a ring. This beer offers well roasted malt. In my opinion it was over roasted and overpowered the coffee and chocolate. I love a good porter but this went over the top.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good overall porter, not the most pleasant aftertaste. Could use more of an umph...
heemer77 (5008) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This really is black with no light coming through. The head is a light yellow and tan. The aroma is coffee with dirt and a hint of chocolate. The taste is coffee and cream with some tobacco. The mouthfeel is medium and sticky. A nice porter.
Doppelganger (1385) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black. No head left by the time I got to tasting it, but Iím sure based on the other ratings that it did have one when it was poured. Chocolate and bourbon aromas, sweet and roasty. Dark chocolate flavor. A little winey on the palate. Good, and probably even better had I not let it sit so long before tasting.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Fitchburg location. The midnight black porter came in a small sampler glass with almost no head. From the aroma I picked up hints of expresso beans, malt and vanilla. The taste was straight up black coffee with a tinge of hazelnut and vanilla. Eventually a light fruity taste revealed itself as well in the subtle hoppiness. It felt a little thin but overall it was still very satisfying for a porter.
holdenn (2023) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the downtown location. Poured a brown black with a tan head. Roasty nose. Slightly smoky with a syruppy cocoa sweetness. Roast fest on my tongue. overly roasty that fringes on harsh and slightly syruppy. Smooth on the tongue, but harsh on the throat. Give me more of the speedbump IPA.
jaymobrown (1508) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black. Actually quite what I thought a porter should be here. Not over the top with its malt flavors but rather subtle. Oatmeal and chocolate. Caramel, roasted flavors. Nice touch without being heavy handed.