AirForceHops (1850) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Paid $2.49 for a 16 oz can @ Nikkiís Liquors. Also had a 4 oz. taster @ R.I. brewfest. I would like to say the name of this brew is appropriate. Deep dark dirty brown color. Thick full, tan head that laced the English pint. Aromas of charred malts, smoked peat and weak chocolate notes. The taste is much better than I would have guessed since I donít normally drink this style. The connoisseur of the style may say the body is thinÖ well it is but it cuts down on the smoky peat. Chocolate malts help balance the campfire notes. I drained the can easy enough. Yet Iím not going to seek it out again.
queenholly (1851) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can courtesy of AirForceHops. Very light earthy smoked peat, chocolate and roasty malt aroma. Deep mahogany with a large tan head, nice lacing. Woody smoke, roasty charred malt flavor with a slightly acrid bitter finish. Medium body, flat carbonation. Unfortunately, the smoke in this one tipped over into acrid.
Scrapersnbeer (979) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smokey like firepit ash and powdered cocoa. Black pour, big tan head, appears nitrogeinzed for a moment (no widget found in the can.) Taste is very sweet like liquid smoke soaked brown sugar. Aside from that it has the bitter coffee attributes common to porters. Thick, foamy body, nice and filling. Nice take on a heavy smoked lager.
MIBRomeo (2346) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black pour small brown head dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is light heavily roasted malts a slight char and a touch of bitter cocoa powder. Avg palate. Flavor is nicely subtle char smoke over a lot of roast malts a pretty lingering bitterness touches of grass and coffee in the finish. Overall a good porter lacks a little depth though.
Damico (1914) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours bubbly dark unclear amber with a quickly dissipating bubbly gray head. Aroma brings smoke and some unique roasted malt twist I canít quite place my schnauzer on. The flavor is smokey but smooth on a well carbonated body with some bitter hoppy ending. The body is lighter as well.
Ernesto987 (2366) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at willibrew. Canít say Iíve heard of this brewery. Very smokey, some roasted malts tasty
kevd193213 (797) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Deep, dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of campfire, robust malt and peanuts. Medium bodied taste with a lasting smokey finish.
auerbrau (2952) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 12/21/2011. On tap at Track 84 - Warwick, RI. Subtly melded aroma of roast malt and a nip of smoke. Itís a little hard for me to decipher the smoke quality, itís there in that very vaguely rustic notion that so many smoked porters present. That said, itís clean, fresh, and lively, not overwhelmed or unbalanced. Porter seems to tend brown, but like the Flagship Ale, this early batch has a detectable harshness in the finish, either as a result of bittering hop misuse of fermentation control. Still, a fine effort.
1/11/2013. 16oz Can purchased at Wakefield Liquor - Wakefield, RI. Nice roasted chocolate aroma, dry and with a hint of tar. Then bitterness. Why is this so bitter? Ashy, tarry darkness starts in with bitterness and then it leaves this long, rough smear of really acerbic hop bitterness everywhere. Itís like there was way too much Horizon or something like it for bitterness. Coarse and sharp. Not really drinkable, in my book.