JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the Heavy Seas tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits back in October. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of grassy hop, roast and grainy malt. Grassy hop flavor with a bit of roastiness and breadiness before a bitter finish. Tastes like a rye black IPA.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Pours dark and frothy like a Black IPA. Both nose and flavor benefit from a nice bit of spice from the rye, framed by what tastes like a more than usually hoppy porter, but not at the expense of depth in the maltage. Bit of coffee in the roast profile too, giving the whole thing a hint of smoke and char. Not bad at all.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling.
Aroma: The nose is roasty with a good bit of rye, slight burnt notes, and earth.
Appearance: It pours a cloudy, dark brown color with a thin, off-white head.
Taste: The flavor is roasted malt, spicy rye, and coffee notes.
Palate: Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a lingering roasty finish.
Overall: An interesting mix of things are going on here. I am not usually a huge rye fan, but this one seems to work. Definitely worth a try.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber, courtesy 4.4-40. The pour yields a lightly hazy, deep burgundy-brown body with a thin, swirly head of dark khaki foam. Minimal, spotted lacing marks the glass. The nose is almost certainly off, as it comes across overly dry and earthy. Notes of dry, chalky cocoa are accompanied by spent rye grain, just-pulled earthen vegetables, and some dusty old yeast. Flavors largely follow suit, again based in dry cocoa and caramel, with hint of cardboard and stale rye grain also showing in the malt base. Celery is an unwelcome surprise. Yeast is again very dirty and intrusive. The palate is thin and overly dry, bordering on parching, and it drags across the tongue. Overall, this is a pretty damn bad beer. Probably infected to some degree, I suppose.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, 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 (9975) - 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 (4566) - 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 (8168) - 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 (1250) - 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.