argo0 (12858) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Clear very dark brown body with minimal head. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, fairly mild. Taste is medium sweet, roast, some coffee, light burnt, molasses. Light-medium body, watery with minimal carbonation.
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 22 oz. Fairly thin sienna brown shade. Aroma of caramelized brown and white sugars, with hazelnut latte and other sweet nuts. Bland and average flavor is very minimal, though balanced with notes of lactose, dry walnut, diet cola acridity, and bitter chocolate. Thin in the mouth, distantly tangy with a strange bite. Light and underdone, though not outrightly offensive, it leaves almost everything to be desired. Thanks for sharing, Aaron!
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Growler courtesy of Degarth. I’m going to assume something went very wrong somewhere along the way with this beer. Pours a dark brown body, small fading brown head. Nose is almost all soap powder, very obvious and very disturbing. After that I do get some malts, prunes, raisins and roasted notes, but really, it smells like Tide. There’s no two ways about it. Unfortunately it tastes even more like Tide. This is not good. Why am I still drinking this? Some licorice also and roasty notes, but this is a lost cause. Thin mouthfeel, lengthy Tide finish. Offensive and an utter disaster. I’m going to assume a bad bottle, at least I hope it was.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Upon its release from the 22 ounce brown bottle, it resides in the glass a deep brown with hints of ruby at the edges, the head is a couple or three fingers in size, creamy dark tan and after is demise leaves a surrounding coat of lace upon the glass. Nose is steeped with roasted grain, somewhat sweet and a nice hint of the hops, delightful I’d say. Start has a good malt presence, sweet with a hint of bitterness and a pleasing to the palate wheat toast flavor. Finish is nicely hopped, moderately acidic with the sweetness and the touch of bitterness to the end, somewhat dry, and a fine porter in its own right.
jcwattsrugger (11902) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap-pours a retaining big creamy light brown head that laces and dark brown color with red tint. Aroma is dark malt-licorice, dark fruit. Taste is dark malt-licorice, dark fruit, roasty. Minimum carbonation.
IndianaRed (3483) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap at the brewpub.
Deep black with a nice full tal head. Spotty Lacing. Mainly sweet dark malt and chocolate in the aroma. Flavor is faint and weak. Lacking any real robust flavors and though it appears very dark....just doesn’t satify. Not unpleasant...just doesn’ step up enough. Roasted malts and chocolate with a touch of bittering that again, can’t quite keep up with the sweetness.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black, fine tan head, drops of lace, sweet milk chocolate aroma, creamy body, rich chocolate flavor, nice milky sweetness, light balancing hops without being hoppy,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a very dark brown color that was almost opaque with a thin tan head The aroma was semi-sweet, roastyM and earthy. The flavor was sweet and roasty with a mild hop on the finish. Some bitterness as well.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 5/23/07: Pours an opaque black with a nicely-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel malt and toasted chocolate. Body starts slightly thinner with an earthy dark caramel and chocolate maltiness along with a touch of dark fruits toward a drier finish. Nicely-balanced and very drinkable.
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a fat, one-finger thick, light brown colored head that sits on top of an opaque, almost black colored beer. The aroma smells oddly of a light oxidation; which is odd because this bottle is fairly new. Malt notes of roast coffee, deeply toasted grain, dark chocolate, blackened raisins and even some rum like notes are also noticeable in the aroma.
Thick and chewy, much more so than I was expecting. The beer does seem to taste lightly oxidized, but it is rich enough that this actually adds to the flavor & complexity of this brew. Sweet notes of darkly caramelized sugar and burnt fruit are offset by a bitterness born of burnt grain and hops. Chewy chocolate notes joint dusty cocoa flavors as well as some solid black coffee notes. At times this tastes like a combination of chocolate and coffee liquors, though it definitely leans towards the coffee side of the flavor spectrum. There is some alcohol presence here, which leads to a soft warming sensation as the beer slides down your throat; in fact this lingers on in the throat after the beer is gone. The roast malt character is quite pronounced here; at times it is a nice balancing note to the malt sweetness and chewy body, but at other times it can lean towards an acrid bitterness and acidity.
Quite a tasty brew, I certainly was not expecting something with quite such a pronounced flavor profile. This is definitely on the rich, chewy side of the Porter spectrum.