ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed 12/29/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light khaki color with a great texture. It never really fades fully, topping the body off like mocha.
S: Cocoa powder, grains (not roasted), vanilla, and faint coffee beans. A bit reminiscent of a really good brown ale more than a porter/stout - but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a nice aroma.
T: More bitter than the aroma. It actually seems to feature a healthy hop bill, finishing with a decent amount of earth, pine, and even a touch of grapefruit. The bottle says this has a ’well-balanced hop character’, and I can actually agree to that - only thing I don’t like is the slight vegetal touch on the finish. Before the hops kick in, the flavor opens with roasted coffee beans and chocolate (with both flavors bleeding through to the aftertaste slightly). It’s a bit mild, but balanced very well.
M: Classically bone dry and clean. The flavor leaves the palate as quickly as it enters, but I like how the hops never come across as being overly acidic. This is very easy to drink with spot on carbonation aiding its nature.
O: A solid no-frills hoppy porter. This isn’t a world beater, but I’d buy a 6 pack of it given a limited selection at a store.
aumentm (200) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very dark beer that is good on cold nights. Has a distinct oatmeal taste. Good aroma and a creamy head. Nice palate with great overall taste. Well done.
ben4321 (4384) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: Draft at the Biltmore, 1/1/15
Aroma: Light nose with chocolate and roasted notes, caramel, and some hints of ash
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a decent sized tan head on top
Flavor: Flavor-wise, it is pretty similar to the nose, light and a little sweet, ashy and bitter notes
Palate: Light bodied and a little thin, not quite watery, but thinner than I would have preferred
Thought this was a decent one, though it is a little thin overall. The flavor, aroma, and even the feel just come off as a little muted/thin. Decent, drinkable, hardly memorable.
AWISLguy (1573) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach. Pours black with a tannish brown head leaving tons of sticky lace. Aroma has molasses and licorice and caramel with light chocolate & raisin touches. Taste is of raisins, light roast, caramel, some molasses and a bit of cocoa. Medium to full bodied without any alcohol presence. Finishes well blended between bitter and sweet, but quite short. No bottle date, and more raisin-y than sweet or roasty, so that is a concern. Highland continues to supply mediocre stuff. 13.4
Aggiebob (120) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma was chocolate and the taste was also of chocolate and black coffee. Medium bodied with a long finish. Overall an ok porter but a little strong on the coffee taste.
Beffrey2 (34) - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2014
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Nothing but hops. All I taste. Awful beer. Hops are so strong you cannot taste anything else.
AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin white lacing. Charred, roasted malt aroma. Earthy, roasted malt, peanut, bitterness taste. Good beet
bnwokedi89 (85) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am a fan of deeper and darker porters. The Oatmeal porter, while good, is missing the deep coffee/chocolate taste of other porter offerings. I consider this offering to almost in essence be a "lite-porter" if you catch my drift
snoworsummer (2859) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours dark copper brown with a thick, creamy beige head. Tastes like very roasted malt, toast, woody, lightly burnt coffee. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like creamy roasted malt, nutty.
sonnycheeba (4046) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thick creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, oats, chocolate, light earthiness, and faint plums. Flavor is chocolate forward, light roast, oats, medium bitterness, and faint dark fruit notes; smooth and tasty. Medium body and carbonation.
jcnielsen (2399) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Oatmeal, cocoa, malty aromas and flavors. A touch old, but alright.