Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful ... dark and deep with a towering tan top. Nice big mocha aroma. Well rounded chocolate flavors, lightly bittered, with a tinge of a nice coffee. Damn, this is a great beer.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice deep black with just a glimmer of ruby when held up to the light. Nice layer of silky fine tan head that lasts and lasts, and adds a nice smoothness to your lips on each sip. Probably the most dense and pretty head I’ve seen from a bottled beer. (Barring those gimmicky widget bottles.) Lovely dark set of smells--somewhere between flourless chocolate cake and a cup of fresh coffee. Nice full mouthfeel, much more substance than the ABV would lead you to expect. Soft coffee flavors, with just enough roast to balance the sweetness level. Nice hint of burnt toast in the finish to give each sip closure. The hops barely register in the taste. Kind of a surprise at 60 IBUs. I’d be tempted to call this a stout rather than a porter--and an unusually well crafted stout at that. Stylistic vagaries aside, this is amazingly fine beer, beautiful to look at, and perfectly balanced. There are lots of much bigger beers with not nearly this much character. Bravo!
Boyz2pepsi (7) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Does this still count as a microbrew? It was a little to thick - I nearly couldn’t finish my 20 oz glass. Chocolate, sweet, not bitter. Many, many flavors. Almost sticky, otherwise i’d have given the palate a 5.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are roasted malt, hops, and chocolate. Flavors are roasted malt, smoke, hops, and chocolate.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Absolutely decent, but I found this one a bit too upfront for me. I wouldn’t kick this one out of bed for eating cookies, though.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is a fresh roast, semisweet chocolate, and cinnamon (I always get cinnamon from hops trying to poke through a strong roast malt). Flavor is a bitter roast cut by a sweet chocolate, a slight ashy smokiness with a hoppiness on finish that comes from no where. Medium to full body. Very hardy porter very full and assertive flavor.
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, at GLBC. Rats. I didn’t take many notes on this because I thought I’d already rated this. But anyway: A light hoppy smell, unusual to find in a dark beer. This was toward the end of my sampler tray, there was still a thin head that clung lacily to the glass. Roasts are just moderate, to keep this very smooth. Excellent beer to be trying on draft!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque brown with a 1/2 inch rocky tan head. Lots of thick lacing. Smells of sweet dark malt with an underlying light milky bitterness.
Alternately dry and sweet maltiness up front. Morphs into strong roasted coffee bean flavors. This is like porter’s greatest hits. Smoky, sweet, creamy and bitter. Coffee and chocolate and damn smooth. It has it all. Really like this creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinker and this one was well worth my trip to Cleveland all by itself.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Bottle for this review but have had draft-brewery also. Pours dark, yet not cloudy, with a nice somewhat dark head. It has a wonderful roasty aroma and flavor. It is malty to start, but not too much with just enough hop presence to balance the flavor, and finished slightly dry. This was their flagship brew at one time, although they now brew a line of bigger, bolder, higher % brews.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a pub glass at Conor O’Neils in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Next to the murphy’s that my friends had ordered this was a little darker, more transparent, it had a lighter, less gray head, with excellent retention. Very roasty, I didn’t get much chocolate, but a little bit of carmely sweetness. Good body and depth, hop profile mixed in with the bitterness of the roasted malts to make it more balanced and seamless, rather than a roasty/nutty/hoppy contrasting flavour that the description would have me guess. I would have preferred one more contrasting and progressive, but this smooth brew was very enjoyable anyway.