Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Nice porter. Iíve had some better and some worse. Middle of the road.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red that looked nearly black in the glass, but was bright crimson when backlit. It also had a large, tan head that mostly lasted and left excellent lacing that truly looked like lace. The aroma wasnít bed, but was weak. There was moderate roasted and burnt malts, chocolate and coffee; and light to moderate hops. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet, acidic, and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, bitter and acidic with a slightly longer than average finish. There was roasted malt, a little chocolate, slight coffee, bitter chocolate, bitter coffee and hops blend in the finish, and slight dark fruit. The light to medium body was silky with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic, slightly dry and ever so slightly astringent finish.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heard they stopped making this one, so when I saw a bottle that was still within a year of bottling I decided to pick it up and review what I had heard was a good porter. Not a disappointment. Very straightforward, slightly burnt coffee nose with hint of bacon smokiness. Taste is chocolate malt heavy with slight espresso. Not overly complex, not a beer you need to think about a lot, but good flavors and nice drinkability.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours dark brown, but pretty clear for a porter, and with a light beige, thin head. Nose mostly of chocolate malts. Nice, but not very exciting. Taste shows more chocolate, but better balanced with roast and hops. Thin palate. Nice, but not exiting.
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a pretty dark brown/ruby red color, with a frothy beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt, burnt grains, chocolate and hops. The flavor of the malt feels more toatsted than roasted. I also get the burnt grains, chocolate, hops and some faint coffee. The body is in the low en of medium with a silky smooth and slightly dry mouthfeel. Overall an good and really drinkable Porter.
BREWMUSKCLES (2514) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
IT IS REALLY just as described with adequate hop and chocolate malts the brew is sweetish and filling yet refreshing. soothing and comforting yet still beery enough. it has no hint of alcohol.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
solid porter, great pour, nice chocolate color and foamy, strong toffee malt flavor, tastes toasted and roasted, nice choice for fall or winter, tall, frothy, and full bodied.
ReneKolding76 (54) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown beer, with a thick beige head.
The aroma is sweet, with notes of roastet malt, chokolate hops and metal.
The taste is also sweet, with ar sourish bitter aftertaste.
Good notes of coffee, malt, chokolate and citrus.
Itís a good porter, but not as robust as the lable claims.
Frank (3842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a nice red brown hued black color w/ a bit of a lasting off white head and little patches of lace. The nose is a pleasant roast coffee and dark chocolate aroma but the flavor and texture is a bit thinner and less rich than one would hope. Rather dry, perhaps in homage to the Irish namesake and very drinkable though. The carbonation feels like it is about the correct level but this maybe lacks just a bit in creaminess given the flavor palate it uses. This fills itís purpose reasonably well but just doesnít quite make it to the level of the best porters.
derekbrown (106) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good caramel porter. Not as "robust" as advertised, and compared to some of my favorite porters (Duck Rabbit, Founders), it doesnít stack up well, but itís still a solid beer. Definitely would drink again.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown (near black in-glass) with a big brown head. Nose is a blend of chocolate and some bittering hops. Flavor is of similar composition with a good dose of roastiness coming out on the backside to offset a sweet front. Finish is quick and dark chocolaty. Iím not huge on porters or stout but this is good.