TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Just clear burgundy brown with lacy edges. Nose is purple grape, coffee and spicy rye. Medium light with moderate carb. Taste is coffee, molasses and rye. Dry, bitter finish balances out the sweetish start. A rather nice concoction from Heavy Seas.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz at recommendation of nimbleprop. Pours pretty much opaque black with an extremely nice, dense, rocky, tan head that has excellent retention and very good lace. Aroma is really nice fresh citrus hops (not what I was expecting but a nice surprise), some pumpernickel, a little bit of spicy alcohol. Taste is massive citrus hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, and in the finish comes baker’s chocolate and coffee and little bit of rye malt earthiness/dirtiness. Long, bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Bitter, coating, creamy on the palate. Excellent.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, rye, pine, and light citrus. Poured dark brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan heads that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, resin, rye, slight malt, and a hint of caramel. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium bitter, lightly sweet, hop, pine, rye, and hint of caramel finish. 7.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout. This is a porter?!?
eyelovebeer (14) - Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting brew from Heavy Seas. Was expecting something totally different for being branded a ’Rye Porter." Could actually see some light coming through the glass. Taste actually had a bit of hop flavor in it, with some slight coffee and darker malt flavors coming through as it warmed. Not bad at all.
cheap (4750) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2010
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bert, you are killing these lager lovin taste buds of mine! Big heavy Pine insulting tar mouthy implosion. On style for anything imperial style. Alky laced porter IPA aroma, mostly IPA or I guess its now RPA. If I closed my eyes I would never think of this as being dark. Man, porter has sure gone a long way from those smooth dark lager related porters of recent past, you know, 25 years ago. Oh, now I feel some of that porter background a few minutes after each swig if I can wait long enough. Big terrible rototilling master plastic blaster bitter medicine linger. Hah, so this is what porter has come to, like everything else, an experimental imperial double this that: yow, wew and zoopie. At nearly 8%, I think I’m getting happily dizzy towards the end of the glass. What a beer and a big thankle for sloth sending me this, such a great trader. You ROCK!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly opaque brown beer with a thick dense tan head. Super sweet glass lacing. Aroma is sweet, balance of caramel and chocolate. Maybe a bit of rye, then again it could be my impressionistic brain... Flavor is big and caramely at first, then a kick of roast, followed by a blast of hops. The palate is luxurious but not teeth-coatingly so. A might fine brew.
radagast83 (6101) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark red color with a slightly off-white, thick head. Aroma is rye, malts. Flavor is touches of rye, nuts, other various flavors. Pretty dry, malty, good!
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A rare live rate from the Earl of Ale. Here we go. Pours burnt sienna with some ruby notes through direct light, and a huge, 3-finger off-tan head. Nose is very resiny hoppy, dark malty, with notes of cacao and spruce. Tastes very earthy and peaty, with dark ryeish malt, heavy hops, some dryness as it wamrs, and a rich, complex palate that ends bone dry. You can’t go wrong with any Heavy Seas beer, and beer from these guys with a pirate emblem on it, and pretty much anything Clipper City makes is a must buy for me. Cheers to the chao that made this, and if you don’t like this one, then AAAAAAARRRRRGH, I’ll keelhaul your limey ass!
nimbleprop (6338) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a lightly viscous, opaque black with a creamy, slightly beige head. Aromas of candy, hops, pumpernickel bread, spices. Flavor is lemons, grapefruit, a little milk chocolate, sweet caramel. Finish is sweet and bitter. Not what I expected but I thought it was really good none the less. Drink this fresh, the hops give it the unique character.
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Dry and roasted aroma with nice chocolate and coffee hints. Flavor starts off with a heavy roasted and rather hoppy taste. The rye comes in near the middle and really dries out the flavor and helps the coffee and chocolate notes to really stand out. Smooth finish and drinks easy.