tmoreau (3474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask sampler at the Doty St. location in Madison, WI., showing a rather clear, dark brown hue, with some amber highlighting, a light layer of brownish tan head foam that produced a persistent ring, and spots of lacing. The nose was roasted and dry, with some dark caramel notes. A little less than medium bodied, with typically fair carbonation for cask, a roasted & earthy bitterness with a touch of citrusy astringency, and a wisp of soapiness on the finish. 5.9% abv listed.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit of a brown head that limped along. Not much aroma, but look black and mean in the glass. Bitter bite that overpowers most everything...seems to be from a combo of roasted malt and hops. Roasted flavor is thee but not prominent. I guess this is supposed to be on the dry side of the Black Earth. This is good, but I much prefer the Black Earth.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chicago Trip. Sunday 20:50+. Sample tray. Black with a thick creamy head. Bitter coffee aroma. Nice lite coffee flavoured porter.
RobertDale (5082) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Comes dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some citrus. Nice.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub in Madison, WI. This was decent with a good roasted malt, but a bit too sweet and not enough hop. Lots of cocoa, and sweet caramel in the light nose. Body was decently strong and well carbonated, but not quite as creamy as I would have liked. More nutty notes, roasted grains, and mixed dark cereal malts in the flavor. Overall, there’s some room for improvement I think.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Great Dane (downtown). Poured a clear dark brown color with orange highlights. The head was light brown. Smelled of chocolate, citrusy hops, and roasted nuts. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with low carbonation and a smooth mouth feel that you’d expect from a cask conditioned beer. Roasty, subdued chocolate flavor with a light, but distinct grassy hop note. There was also a detracting adhesive tape flavor. So so.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This brew pours a dark brownish black colour with a two finger sized tan head. Lace that is left behind is sticky. Aroma is soft, faint with noticeable nutty character. But kind of weak. Taste is slightly metallicy with plum and apple flavors. Overall it’s a pretty average brew.
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at The Great Dane, pours a very dark brown/black with a nice tan head, aroma is of sweet malt with a touch of hops in it, the flavor is smooth with malt, not bad.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub in Madison, WI. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma has lots of roasts, some sweeter chocolates and light caramels, and a light piney hopping. Flavor is similar. Roasty, slightly sweet from the chocolate and light caramels, and lightly hopped. Finishes dry and roasty with a light bitterness and a light malt sweetness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent porter. Nothing special, but enjoyable and easy drinking.
arkurzynski (2142) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hilldale location. Murky brown. Smoky malt, coffee, toffee. Pretty light on the palate. Light roasted malt and a snap of smoke that finishes off the beer. Okay, but not altogether that great.