SrSilliGose (3310) - 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 (1553) - 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 (10076) - 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 (1805) - 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 (2698) - 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.