IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to OhioDad for this beer.
Poured black with ruby highlites and a creamy light-tan head. Pleasant aroma of coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, and a touch of hops. Taste feels rather hop-driven... intense grassiness, weakly supported by coffee grounds and a tiny bit of bittersweet chocolate. Body is average, but somewhat thin for a porter. Not really understanding this one... too much grassy hops for my taste, not enough malty sweetness.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 From Bottle:
From the first sip I was in heaven. Taste like dark roasted coffee and chocolate. So smooth, so easy to drink. I was sad when I looked at my empty bottle.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex porter, good finish. Not much to say except YUM!!! Would recommend. I’ve yet to have something from this brewer that I dislike.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 This is a great beer. It tastes and smells more like a stout though.Aromas of coffee and a hint of burnt toast, very roasty. It has a nice thin tan head that stay. Has a slight bitter taste and a dry finish, much like toast, very good! Definitely would recommend this to others. THAT MEANS YOU!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Tap Room. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Nose is malt, earthy, slight coffee, and hoppy. Taste is also very hoppy for a porter. Roast and coffee fallinline behind the hopps but the hopps presence just amazes me. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness and leaves your mouth coated.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a near-black with a nice tan head, which faded soon with minimal lace. Aromas of malt, grain, herbs, anise, carrots, yeast, and earth. Tastes of roasted malt, not cloyingly sweet, with chocolate, coffee, smoke, and chicory with a big hit of hoppy bitterness. Less sweet and not as thin and flat as most porters.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex flavors of mocha, coffee, rich roasted maltiness, hopped-up bitterness, everything as a porter should be and maybe a touch more.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown pour, with a tall creamy head of tan. Light raspberry and dusty malt aroma, backed with a hint of oat. A little weak. Flavor is bright and bold, very malty and pretty rich and round for a porter. Good light notes of chocolate and coffee. Sweet, yet still watery with a clear clean finish. Hops add a nice third dimension with oaky efforts on the palate. Delectable.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad, thanks. This poured a dark brown with red everywhere.Rich, creamy off white head. Nose was an intense fresh ground coffe with dark chocolate malted into it.The initial taste was cold coffee, excellent. As I let this warm, more of a dry bitter end came out. And man, was this really bitter the more it warmed. I liked this, I like it alot!
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 What an excellent beer. Great mix of complex tastes, of hops, malt, roast, sweet, and bitterness. The color is gorgeously dark, and has a nice head. Porter is the style of beer I drink least, but this one is the best.