GIJOE (578) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a creamy, tan head that stays long. Thick curtains. Nose is rich malty goodness with bold caramel and vanilla notes and a subtle hint of pepper. Taste is well-balanced. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Very nice porter.
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Barnoloid (116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A classic porter from Great Lakes. Reviewing from draft served in imperial pint glass. Pours a deep, dark coffee color with a tan head. The coffee and bakers chocolate notes are apparent from the nose on this, and come right through from the first sip. There is a reassuringly medium body here - with appropriate carbonation. An excellent porter, which does a fine job of providing roasted notes with a solid hop profile underpinning everything to keep this lively.
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate cannot discern much of any hop character. Appearance is deep brown with Ruby highlights approaching black in color with a medium tan head that quickly dissipates. Head should be a bit larger and longer lasting for a robust Porter. Flavor is heavy roasted flavors with coffee chocolate and some Burnt toast flavors. Hops make some presence with a dryer lingering roast finish. Mouth feel is medium to medium light body though it probably would do better as a medium heavy Mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate with some alcohol flavors. Overall it is a roasting first toast robust Porter needs a bit more mouth feel but is very well balanced and smooth.
Shot (114) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle. Pours black with a creamy head that dissipates to a thin layer. Aromas are sweet chocolate and toffee with notes of vanilla and coffee. Flavors are coffee and dark chocolate upfront that give way to hints of dried fruit and finish with gypsum, licorice and a slight hop bite. Creamy mouthfeel. Deliciously smooth. Not a heavy beer, but big flavor! This is an excellent, velvety porter. Maybe the best I’ve ever had!
Maxbier (149) - Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black, dark brown head. Aroma of caramel and roasted malts and malty sweetness. Flavor is rich roasty malt flavor with caramel and nice balance of hop flavors. Finish is caramel/toffee flavor sweetness and slight hop bittering. Very good porter.
Tbone78 (4) - - MAY 4, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This porter is robust but I’m going to overlook it as one that claimed a chocolate/coffee taste and barely delivered.
Some thing about the palette left me thinking... cheap.
hopmelt (152) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours mahogany, some light some through, finger of creamy tan head. Aroma bready, caramel, roast and chocolate malt, earthy hops. Taste folows nose, very slight bittering from roast malts, caramel, chocolate, earthy hops. Mouthfeel fuller side of medium, lower carbonation, slight roast and hop astringency, balanced finish. Overall one of the best examples of a robust porter made, very tasty, complex and balanced, drinks well, can have a few of these!
gopherfan99 (359) - CROATIA - APR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours almost black with a beige head, tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, slight bitter finish with the hops, very nicely done, a solid porter
marv3mania (176) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle in a pint glass. Appearance is dark brown/black with a ruby tint and a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and other dark malts. Taste pretty well follows the nose. I’d rather the coffee characteristics were a bit more muted, but it was great otherwise.
arnold931 (439) - Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black body with some creamy tan head. Nose is coffee and chocolate. Taste is basically the same.