daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour. Light head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Some fruit and a hint of hops. Flvavor is nutty and roasty with some coffee. Pretty damn good.
dchmela (2848) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Hopscotch for the growler pour. Reddish brown pour. Roasted grain, chocolate malt aroma. Light roasted grain and slight yeasty fruitiness. Nice brew.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growlered bottle shared by Shawn, I was actually really forward to trying a beer from the newer brewery and this did not disappoint.
Reddish brown with some tan head and lace. The aroma has notes of walnut, roasted bread, pale grains, slight herbal hops, chocolate. leather and tobacco, some pepper and mineral water too. The taste has twangy dark fruits surrounded by a nice nutty malty counterbalance that is not too sweet nor cloy. Continuous earthy yeast, coffee and chocolate tones lead to a sublime spicy finish. The mouth feel is lively and refreshing but tad thin and chewy upon the finish, no notice of the listed 8% ABV. Overall a darn nice porter that I would gladly try again.
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from hophead22. Finally got a couple dudes together to try this. BBB63 and some other tight dudes. Pours a clear dark brown ruby red highlights with a small beige head. Aroma of toast, chocolate, creamy wheat some weird doughy notes. can’t stop drinking this. thanks Tim. this was a hit.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of hophead22. Pours dark brown with a nice, sustained tan head. Nose is dominated by roasted malt, dark fruit, some chocolate, peppery hints, caramel. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, mildly bitter, spicy, some figs and prunes. Rich, velvety mouthfeel with a peppery, slightly dry, roasty finish. Excellent!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin ring of off-white head. Sweet dark caramel malty nose has some black licorice and dark chocolate notes. Starts with good rich dark caramel sweetness with some milk chocolate and mild resiny hops and molasses before a drier bittersweet finish. A nice imperial/strong porter.
GMCC2181 (1554) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottle from hophead22. Shared at SL. Poured into a glass, nice black color, weak head. Good aroma of some coffe and roasted malts. Taste is really nice... chocolate note with some roasted malts. As is warmed up more chocolate came through with some milk and roasted malts. Really nice porter to sip on through out the night. Texture was smooth and a little oily. Overall a nice porter. Thanks tim for sending this beer!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 liter growler from hophead22... Pours a dark cola. Town, lighter edges, and soft off-white head... Decent roasty chocolate aroma, pretty smooth overall... flavors are generally sweet with roast and chocolate notes. Sweeter through the middle with somewhat of an ashy finish. Lots of residual sugars. Pretty tasty porter...
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 (10142) - 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.