otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the behest of my dear friend Eric who so generously shared the last of his growler with me, I am bumping this review to now. The brewery itself is new in general, and best of all new to me. Their growlers if you ever get your hands on one are pimp; probably one of the best and coolest growlers I have seen yet. Equally impressive was the Porter inside.
She poured with minimum carbonation which was to be expected from a growler fill which had already been opened by Eric hours earlier. Clear deep mahogany and ruby with a thin white collar doing her best to impress. No lace upon swirling, though a thin blanket of white does linger for a while. I find roasted chocolates of the dry and sweet variety permeating every orifice of her nose (and palate) along with bright plum sweetness. Black root lurks in the background along with black licorice root. An overall bright nose, so too is her palate. Clean and silky in her touch, chocolates are a river flowing across my eager tastebuds while plums brighten my day. There is a long lingering hit of bitterness in the finish which after a few moments of pondering and a few quaffs later, I pinned that elusive flavor down: plum stones specifically and dark fruit stones generally. Equally long in her palate are burnt chocolates and my chest grows rosy with spiced rum warmth. The interplay of bright and sweet in the front with a long bitter stone finish marked by spice and a long warm glow was fantastic. It was if she was playing with me and play we did until we could play no more.
So many beers and so much time, hopefully Hanger 24 will be around for quite some time so that more growlers (and bottles if they so choose) make it my way.
hopscotch (9737) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… A hard pour results in a black, mostly clear brew with a huge, creamy, off-white head. Never-ending retention. Crimson flashes are revealed when my pint is held up to the Sun. The excellent aroma bestows rich notes of mocha, toasted tree nuts (all of them) and vanilla. Maybe even a rumor of cinnamon in there. Full-bodied and super creamy with dancing carbonation. The flavor is opulent and much the same as the aroma. Balance is nearly perfect as the dark roasted, luxurious malts are countered by heavy handed, slightly metallic hops. Roasty, bittersweet finish (maybe a touch more bitter than sweet). Huge thanks to DuffManSW for providing me the opportunity to finally try this world class porter! I haven’t enjoyed a porter this much since 2008.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ brewery. Nose is wonderful, pungent cocoa nib and vanilla with a slight waft of slightly tart coffee. Flavor is initially a nice punch of the vanilla and some roasted coconut - really full-flavored. As it warmed, got some light spice and more of the coffee along with a little fruitiness. My only knock on this beer was that the sweetness of the vanilla/cocoa/coconut flavors kind of overwhelmed - could do with a touch more roast coffee or some porter tartness to balance. Really enjoyed it, though, and was the unanimous top choice of my non-RB companions of the 4-5 beers we tried.
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with an active brown ring of fizz at the top.
Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla and roast. A little bit of roasted nuts as well.
Taste: Vanilla, roast, chocolate, walnuts, and a very small hop presence.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and rich.
Overall: One of the best porters I have ever had. An amazing vanilla presence in porter always makes me happy.
iowaherkeye (2697) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewery. Deep dark brown with a well-retained, brown head. Nose of chocolate and toasted malts, light vanilla and roast. Flavor adds a bit of roast and cold coffee notes, otherwise fairly sweet and chocolatey. No sign of the alcohol other than the drying in the finish, bitterness at a 2-3. Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Very tasty porter, though definitely on the sweeter side.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Hangar 24. Pours a nearly black color with very nice cascading carbonation. Aroma is roast and chocolate, surprisingly lacking the banana characteristics of past batches. Flavor is more roast, a touch of coffee, a good deal of vanilla that really brings out a nice chocolatiness. Slightly less sweet this time around also. Creamy on the palate, soft carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 8/13/2009 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at Hangar 24. Pours a very dark brown with some clarity and a thin beige head. Aroma is pure banana, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is really the same. Sweet and very unique, liked this better than the first batch but the sweet vanilla flavor could be toned down a bit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty and unique porter.
Itzjerm (1428) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Thick and great. A unique flavor for a porter. Its like christmas chocolate milk. A wonderful enjoyable flavor. Very unique. The BEST porter I’ve ever had.
Had this a second time... not as good. It was a bit watery 2nd time around.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler – thanks riversideak!! based on alex’s description, this had potential mess written all over it – 8% chocolate porter with peruvian coffee, bavarian yeast & everclear soaked vanilla beans; but boy was this a yummy beer; pours thin, murky brown with quickly fading tan head; rich nose of chocolate, toffee, minor vanilla notes, banana bread; strong finish w/ alcohol strength obvious, but not notable flavor-wise; lots of soft, creamy chocolate; quite complex w/ varying flavors in each sip as it warms; bananas, cookies, vanilla, rich toffee; only thing missing is the obvious roasted notes, but that gets covered up w/ everything else that’s going on
after4ever (6315) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
big euro growler. thanks, riverside! pours an opaque black with nice creamy tan head and stringy lace. nice sweet milk chocolate and roasty nose. some sweet vanilla there as well. creamy medium body with chocolate, vanilla and roasty dark malt on the mid. beautiful chocolate finish.
riversideAK (5653) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is full of banana, vanilla, roast, coffee, a hint of chocolate and a light alcohol note. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Some lace and some nice red hues. Banana and chocolate up front, followed by coffee and a strong vanilla finish. A little alcohol makes its presence felt. Only complaint is that it might have been a little thin, imo. Really good stuff.