Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle
The first in a series of about seven sitting in the cellar I shared this with a few others during a weekday tasting. It was very solid and I find myself looking forward to what the 2011 edition will be. It also sets a high bar for the others to reach. Based on my past experiences with Heavy Seas it shouldn’t be much of a problem unless they tried to do too much at once.
Aroma / Appearance - A creamy black fluid body was the hallmark of a standard looking porter. Thin sheets of lacing gave away the higher ABV but weren’t filmy enough to leave marks. Mildly hopped ash, straight black coffee, and chocolate malt balls gave this a texture that smelled like a Hershey’s candy bar which melted over an open fire and then froze overnight before being warmed on a loaf of rye bread.
Flavor / Palate - Rye bread is the star at first. Soon it cedes to coffee, chocolate, and then an ashy smoky finish. It’s not as hoppy as I was led to believe but this is a good thing. Rather than taking away from a solidly crafted strong porter it gives it just that little extra depth to set it apart. This is a great value as is most of the line. I will definitely be buying new entries once I make some room in the cellar.
Tmoney99 (8780) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malty, earthy and rye aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark toasted bittersweet flavor with medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer.
kramer (3876) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy light brown head. Nice coffee and rye bread nose with some roast and light hops. Nice aggressive rye flavor with lots of coffee and roast, some nicely aggressive hoppiness as well. Kinda walks the line between a hoppy Porter and a Black IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. Very nice beer, I dig the rye and coffee mixture.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from VBS. Pours the color of coffee with a small quickly disappearing medium tan head. Lots of bitterness possibly from hops, though I have my doubts. No real rye flavor to speak of. Not a bad beer but didn’t get any of the promised rye. Seemed more like an ESB.
JoeMcPhee (7622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruddy brown pour with a sticky white head. The nose is very spicy with loads of rye malt apparent over a soft but deep cocoaish base. There is a touch of American hop pinyness over the malt. Really bright on the nose with excellent balance between the spicy rye and spicy/piny hops. The palate seems a bit thinner than I would have expected from a rye beer. Peppery with notes of coffee and light roasted barley. Fairly thin-bodied but it’s tasty enough. Very hoppy actually - almost to IPA territory. Whatever it is - it’s good.
Nephilium (1151) - Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma of chocolate, with a bit of rye spice. Dark color, with just hints of ruby around the edge, nice light tan head. Interesting flavor, with the spiciness of the rye playing with hops. There’s just a bit of roast in the finish, and the alcohol is very well hidden. A very drinkable beer, not quite sure it fits into the Porter category though.
502F (1000) - ARLINGTON, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown, but certainly not black, with a dirt white khaki head. Aroma is solid, but boring--some dark malts and light hops. Just not that much going on. The flavor is fruity upfront with some slight hop tinge in the finish with a medium dry resinous finish. The more I drink it, the more coffee quality comes out. Medium body with medium low carbonation. Overall--certainly solid, just not very unique.
jeremytoni (2709) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Sweet toasted malty flavor with a lasting finish.
Pailhead (3859) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma is very piney and prefumey with some hints of chocolate. It pours a dark brown with just a tad of transparency when held to the light and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film. The head leaves a nice sheet of lacing behind. The flavor starts with light chocolate. There’s a touch of rye in the background. The finish is real heavy on pine and perfume notes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
bhensonb (8991) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Bruisin Ales. Pours really dark brown with a foamy, clingy 4 finger beige/tan head. Aromas of dark malt and some hop. Medium plus body with lots of foamy carbonation. Flavor is very hoppy. The rye harshness, sorry other rye lovers, is present, there’s a strong hint of coffee/chocolate, and there’s a lot of hop bitter. Love rye. Love hops. Love this.