brokensail (13620) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The beer is sort of light for a porter. Dark amber/mahogany would be the best way to describe it. At least the head looks nice: a solid finger of khaki foam.
S: Way too much roast on the aroma, smells almost burnt. Charred malt and sugar with a little bit of licorice. I don’t really get any chocolate, but there is some coffee to it and maybe some overripe fruits.
T: Much more chocolate presence on the palate. Nice cocoa powder and dark chocolate notes. There is a moderate sweetness to it and a hint of bitterness. Nice roasted malt and coffee flavors, too.
M: Medium in body and carbonation.
O: The flavor was nice, which is what’s important, but the nose wasn’t that great.
bhensonb (12585) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less. Pours pretty dark brown with a 4 finger foamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Med body. Flavor is chocolate with some vanilla, followed by a touch of coffee. There’s also some fairly burnt malt - which is marginally less than smooth. It’s smoothly chocolatey sweet, but there’s enough bitter here to pretty well balance that. It’s quite tastey.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Growler, courtesy of hopscotch) Pours a brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, and light roastiness. Flavor of cocoa, roasted malt, nuts, some coffee, and caramel.
Tmoney99 (12050) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and vanilla aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid brew.
jcwattsrugger (11586) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBWG@RLRL-thanks to hopscotch-growler-pours a tan head and dark amber/mahogany color. Aroma is earthy, dark malt. Taste is dark malt-cocoa, secondary earthy hops bite.
jtclockwork (11042) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of cocoa, banana, chocolate malt and vanilla. Slight orange cream. The chocolate in the nose is a bit artificial, but not in the taste. Medium body.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, dark caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness enrichens the chocolate, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with plenty of chocolate, hard roasted malt and coffee. Flavour had dark chocolate, plenty of hops, dark chocolate, burned malt and espresso. Lovely dry finish.
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.
hopscotch (10130) - 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.