novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Superbly balanced porter with a foamy, beige and creamy head. Amarillo hops, dry malts and English chocolate round out this stunning beer.
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hella good porter from GABF. Dark brown pour, light tan head. Good roasty backbone, really good chocolatey notes, some coffee and a fruity note...not sure I got the mandarin...maybe more of a tropical note. Good stuff. Really nice.
Newk (299) - - SEP 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from tap at haymarket. Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head.
Quite pungent with good complexity and aromas of roasted espresso beans, malts, chocolate, and some toffee tones as well.
Full bodied with a real smooth feel. Very good depth as well with some power behind it and flavors of roasted malts, coffee beans, chocolate and there is even a citrus hint on the back end.
This is a real quality porter. The citrus on the feel caught me a little surprised, but it was more in a good way than bad. This is one of the better beers I’ve had from haymarket.
kaser (4063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee and cocoa taste and aroma. Slightly bitter. After sitting on it I can taste the oranges. Easy porter to drink. Poured from draft at Haymarket Brewey in Chicago.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, pours black with tan head. Aroma has a wonderful big pine and hop resin and hint of orange citrus meshing well with a big roasty and chocolate malt beer. Flavors are very hoppy, juicy citrus and pine, lots of chocolate and coffee roast, earthy rye throughout with a long ashy and bitter finish. Full body. Really comes off more like a hoppy stout but whatever loads of amarillo in dark beer tends to work for me!
Frank (3333) - 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 I’ve tried from Haymarket, a nice robust porter something along the lines of Founder’s take on the style. It’s 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.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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.
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.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, 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 didn’t 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.
pantanap (3366) - 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.