tillmac62 (379) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOD 3/2/15. Pours dark as a starless night. Slightly below normal head volume and retention, normal lacing.
Light nose of roast and cocoa.
Medium body with a texture that is quite smooth and has strong creamy notes. Excellent carbonation with a mild burst of effervescence from the middle on.
The very nice flavor profile is reasonably intense, a bit complex and superbly balanced. It begins with a mild blend of roast and cocoa. Chocolate is hinted at, at best. The middle brings a mild balancing hop bitterness with a hint of sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of hop and roast bitterness. This offering is certainly not bad, it is quite good actually, but lacks the flavor intensity and complexity of world class porters such as Victory at Sea or an outstanding one such as Founders.
drsordr (1427) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at Thirsty Monk pour opaque black with moderate tan head. Nose light roast and chocolate. Taste some dark fruit then roasted malt. Light chocolate flavors mid to late. A little muted compared to others in my flight.
Jow (2555) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At JTC10k. Fne dark porter pour. Nose is chocolate and licorice. Tastes of cola, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and earthy bitters. Fine sudsy palate.
jredmond (6062) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brought to Clockwork’s 10k tasting, April 19th 2015. Pours a deep black body with thick tan lacing. Mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation and notes of burnt roast, chocolate, deep malt, oak, root, and chocolate syrup. Nice.
vtafro (4504) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, porter and chocolate aromas. Flavors are dark malt, roasted, and chocolate tones.
boto (1941) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque, inky dark brown color. There was foamy light brown head on it. It has a good nose. Chocolate, some sweetness and roasted malts. The taste is good. Some chocolate sweet malts, with some roastiness in the background. Some hops in the background just knocking down the sweetness, but just letting a little through. Some milkiness to the taste. Slightly more than medium bodied. Nice.
jjgmd (1643) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with Audrie, pours a beautiful pitch black color with a wispy Java head. Nose is sweet malt and sugary coffee. Taste is sweet malt, with sweet espresso and mild licorice.,Finishes on the same tastings notes with a moderately long ending . Very descent Porter. Quaff Score 8 / 10
bubbleflubber (1936) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black into the glass, with a solid tan head that diminishes to trace lacing. The nose is of chocolate, licorice, caramel and dark esters. Flavors are similar, with cocoa, licorice, burnt caramel, toasted dark fruits, and finishes with a heavy black licorice note. Round mouthfeel, semi-active palate and full body. Nice take on the porter; smooth, the licorice feel is very interesting and accepted. Silky with soft(-ish) carbonation levels, this is a welcome addition to my beer cellar.
ALLOVATE (2550) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cap explodes off; a waft of roasted carob, milk chocolate, liquorice and Dutch cocoa ensues - bullet lollies anyone? Into a snifter at cellar temperature it goes. After a frantic pour it actually settles quite still with the head depleting rapidly to a mere ring on the meniscus. The beer a midnight brown come inky black. The chocolate and liquorice of the aroma is truly amazing, tight, enticing. And then it falls flat a little. The nose is not complex and that is just it. The palate is balanced to the nines but it is just chocolate and liquorice from go to finish. Milky with a light hint of roast carob upfront, mid-palate, on the swallow and lingering in the aftertaste. Where’s the angst, the aggression, the Porter!? Medium to medium light and relatively smooth. Mineral-like and slightly chalky with just a faint whisper of burnt wood. Dry as it passes the tonsils harbouring the alcohol well. Highly drinkable but far too effortless for a strong Porter. Needs some funk and junk in the trunk!!! (65cL, Bottled 22/09/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
fezzy (100) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose and flavor are both strongly dominated by licorice and burnt toffee, covering most all else. I suspect there is enough hopping to balance the syrupy elements that come across via mouthfeel, as the finish isn’t overly sweet, but the aforementioned dominants cover up most else in the profile. Maybe a little tobacco note, but hops and malts are lost. That said, this beer is well-balance and thus quite drinkable. I love licorice but for some reason do not always appreciate it in my beer, but this one is well-done. Not super-complex, due to strong dominant elements, but tasty and drinkable.