otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Despite the wet sloppy disaster that was their Beltian White, I have hopes for the Pigs Ass Porter from Harvest Moon out of Bell, Montana. It may just be delusion, or it may just be because I like the name of the beer. There’s only one way to find out, so without further ado…
The label sports an amusingly cute caricature of 3 pigs dressed as olde English porters from whence the Porter itself originated, blended and then brewed to slake the thirsts of the hard-working and underpaid porters. As I pour this particular porter into my awaiting English nonic pint, I am greeted by a pleasant sight of rich browns and blacks simmering beneath a decent khaki head. Tracing his path down to mediocrity, his head leaves a generous trail of lace, a promising sight indeed. I swirl his brown-black depths, releasing a robust nose of chocolate, licorice root, raisins juicy and plump, tobacco leaf, burnt sugars, and a final wisp of cream and vanilla bean. Roasty and toasty, just the way I like it. Nothing overly complex, but satisfying nonetheless. My first quaff is lip-coating, filling my mouth with rich flavors of chocolate, burnt espresso, tobacco, wood, and spice. Dry and sweet at the same, he both slakes and induces my thirst for more. Raisins provided a pleasant meatiness to the middle of his palate while the chocolate dominates the front and the dry side of tobacco, licorice root, wood, and ash round out the finish. As the Pigs Ass Porter warms, there is a growing nip of tart prune juice which joins her meaty cousins, the raisins.
Nice, simple, and satisfying, I can wholly understand why the Porters of yore would slake their hard-earned thirst with this poor man’s refreshment. The fact that to this day the Porter is a thriving and vibrant beer style is testament to the universal enjoyment of a good dark quaffer. Skip the Beltian White, pass go, and find yourself at home with the Pigs Ass Porter.
poisoneddwarf (1931) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Smells of vanilla mocha. Pours black with a thick tan head which dissipates but never depletes. Tastes of sweet coffee, roasted malt,
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown offwhite head. Rich caramel and vanilla aroma, just a hint of roasted nut. Nice sweetness then an awesome bitter coffee chocolate finish. Great mouthfeel and an awesome porter.
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Famous Dave’s Bozeman: Pours a deep brown color with a finger of fizzy beige head. Aroma is a nice blend of roast and bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is roasty and has a strong hoppy content before mellowing into a smoother, more roasty and chocolate finish. Different, but enjoyable.
smith4498 (3234) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of otakuden. Pours dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt and coffee aromas. Flavor is slightly swet and roasty with coffee and itter dark chocolate. Medium body with sot carbonation.
BuckeyeBoy (3542) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a dark brown with some red highs topped with a sandy cream head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate and roasted nuts. Taste a nice ligth coffee, some sweetness and a good bitter dark chcolate end. Thanks Toby
HonkeyBra (3707) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle my girlfriend randomly picked up somewhere in Montana. Dark pour with fluffy off white head. Aroma of Chocolate, light smoke and coffee. Flavor of chocolate syrup. darlk chocolate, light coffee and roast. Mouthfeel is pillowy and smooth, almost like drinking a chocolatey marshmallow cloud. Lightly bitter, roasty finish.
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very dark brown pour with lots of frothy head - aroma of chocolate and nuts with hints of light smoke - flavor is a very sweet coffee/chocolate and pear. Pretty good.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Pours dark and sits just about black in my glass with a small, creamy, khaki head. Fantastic retention. Watery, chocolaty aroma offers modest notes of roasted nuts. Medium-bodied and very creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor provides some nice chocolate and coffee notes, but is thin and fairly bland. Leans barely on the sweet side of balance - and that’s at beach temperature, 15° more than room temperature. Lengthy, chocolaty, lightly bittersweet finish. Bottle provided by otakuden!
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a clear black with a reddish hue, pale tan head doesn’t stick around, but this beer leaves decent lacing on your glass. Nose is gentle woodsmoke, dark malt, roasted malt, and fruit. Flavors of roast, creamy coffee, and fruit. Nice broad, dry palate. Maybe a shade thin, but overall still quite good.