kseecs16 (1157) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin creamy light tan head. Nice rich roasty aroma with strongly evident piney hops. Flavor delivers the same with a nice balance of chocolatey dark roast and a resinous hop finish. Good!
troyc (2014) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Sampler at the brewpub. Pours a very dark brown color with a creamy looking brown head. Heavy roasted aroma is dusty and a bit grainy. Roasted grains, chocolate and dry earthy malts in the taste. Hints of leather and licorice in here as well. Good mouthfeel and somewhat chalky finish. Not bad, but honestly nothing spectacular either.
pantanap (3142) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blacksox porter. 4oz sample at the source... Pours a darker stout pour with a creamy light beige head... Cocoa chocaltey nose although hard to place the hops .. roasty chocolate flavors with a medium sweetness along with an earthy coating feel in the mouth. Very light hoppy feel at the very end... Medium bodied. Solid porter.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Haymarket in Chicago. This was a nice and roasty porter with a good balance and flavor. Roasted coffee permeates throughout the nose, but without being overpowering. The rich caramel and powdery dark malts come off just slightly too sweet for my liking in an aroma. Earth and pine bitterness works well in the background. The body is well carbonated, mildly creamy, and well bittered. The flavor is a good mix of roasted dark malt, molasses, sweet dark fruits, earth, mellow citrus, and herb. All notes blend nicely together. This was overall, a porter done right. Well done.
Pawola22 (3071) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty solid. Nice English toffee and caramel with a good amount of chocolate. Well hopped with a light orange-pine and earth mix as well as a solid roast. Flavor is similar. Nicely hopped and roasted with a solid chocolate and caramel/toffee balance. Bittersweet cocoas up front with some orange pines and florals as well as some earth. Malts offer a thin and light sweetness before this ends with a moderate hop and roast bitterness that dries and leaves a lengthy aftertaste with a nice, light chocolate. Medium-light, somewhat creamy and smooth body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking and clean throughout. Overall, a really nice, fairly hoppy, well balanced porter with lots of bitter cocoas. Solid beer.
lushawn (2637) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. pleasant doughy cocoa with a bitter roast, coffee, and milk chocolate layer. light citrus, floral hop backing. good.
Tmoney99 (8768) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet coffee flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid drinkable brew that I would recommend to a freind.
nimbleprop (2993) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
4oz pour is a watery, opaque black with a thin, creamy tan head. Sweet, chocolate aroma, toasted breads, crackers, lightly nutty, bread crust. Flavor is sweet, malty, licorice, brown sugar, light coffee grounds, toasted bread, chocolate. Full bodied, lightly sweet but otherwise dry finish.
Frank (2188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this is the best yet that Iíve tried from Haymarket, a nice robust porter something along the lines of Founderís take on the style. Itís a pretty brown color w/ a dense head and lots of lace--pretty much perfect. The aroma is deep and chocolatey. The texture is creamy but the creaminess comes from fine carbonation so it does not come off as heavy. The flavor is a marriage of bitter chocolate and coffee. This is a wonderfully drinkable porter and one I look forward to having again.
TheAlum (4270) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a near opaque blackish hue, some brown thrown in and a ruby bottom. Cakey brownish head stays as a sturdy film, ok lacing overall. Aromas are roast and cocoa, offering firm dry and bittersweet chocolate, some caramel and toffee, toast, and oranges. Touches of florals, with a chocolate covered orange essence. Fruity and chocolatey. Initial is thinner bodied than expected, a Summer Porter perhaps, with a nice blast of cocoa, sweet and bittersweet mingle, some light roast, more cocoa, touches of toast, faint sweeter caramel grows a bit. Showing some light fruity orange and grapefruit Amarillo hopping influence, a light bitterness from the florals and hops grow on the backend, melding into the dry cocoa and roasty essence. A lot of chocolate in this thing, but not a heavy malt body by any means. A touch of anise, creamy sweeter body grows a bit more as I get further in, staying more chocolatey, with more oranges, touches of gumballs from the Amarillo. I didnít find this all that appeal up front, but further into the glass it really grows on me. Quite drinkable, a nice palate experience. The hops start to grow a bit more up front, graperfruit and oranges. By the end, I was a believer.