NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Feb 11th 2007 re-rate bottle courtesy of OhioDad.
Aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, mild coffee, cocoa, mocha latee and roasted components. It smells good but it seems held back. Just doesnít open up all the way. The body is dark brown to black with a slowly diminishing thumb thick tan head.
Fore is smooth and creamy with ample chocolate notes, but more coffee and roast than I recall from past samples. Gets slightly watery though the middle, but ends quite robust and roasty with coffee acidity and bitterness and a hint of Anchor Porter-like molasses and brown sugar. Definitely a better beer than I remember. Perhaps Iíd had old bottles before, but this beer is better than my memories of it.
Original Rating 3.5:
Strong malty aroma with a touch of mocha. Deep black with a thin bubbly head. Sweet and approachable flavor palate, but I hate to say it I am not as impressed as I thought Iíd be. There is a wateryness to the flavor in the finish that is impossible not to notice. A very decent porter, but I think it is highly overrated. Just doesnít have enough ass to it. Needs a lot more roastiness and less chocolate creaminess.
Braudog (6219) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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 Iíve 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. Iíd 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 couldnít finish my 20 oz glass. Chocolate, sweet, not bitter. Many, many flavors. Almost sticky, otherwise iíd have given the palate a 5.
zathrus13 (1761) - 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 wouldnít 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 (2990) - 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 didnít take many notes on this because I thought Iíd 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 porterís 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.