brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown in color with a tan head. Definitely a lot of coffee on the aroma. Also a fair amount of sugar with a soft spice quality. A bit of dark chocolate and some roasted malts as well. The coffee comes through on the palate, as does the coffee and roasted malt. There seems to be a hint of vanilla sweetness on the back end of the flavor and there is just a little bit of bitterness, too.
Arborescence (29) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, pours a modest but creamy head.
Roasted coffee beans, hint of chocolate; not overpowering.
Coffee is evident, but itís fairly mild. Thereís not an awful lot of character or body to this beer. Itís satisfying though, and the hint of coffee (less than you might expect from the aroma) does give it a bit of something extra ó I suspect that otherwise this might be a rather bland porter.
Iím sampling through the beers of Highland Brewing Company, a brewery which I had not heard before I came to North Carolina. Theyíre located in Asheville, and their beers are readily available in Chapel Hill. The branding is a bit silly, with a bearded guy armed with a back pipe and a pint in the label. So, theyíre trying to be Scottish, and I guess that their beers are somewhat influenced by Scottish brewing traditions, but theyíre no match really. Still, their range of products looks nice, and they do make some decent, affordable beers.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is slightly stale, cheaper smelling coffee with some sourness. A good amount of milky dark chocolate malts with a moderate sweetness as well as a light roast, vanilla, and touch of bitterness. There is a bit of a spice to this that comes out more as it warms. Flavor is better. The coffee is big and does taste a bit cheap, but its not as stale as the aroma. A light herbal hopping in the middle blends nicely with the coffee. Solid milky dark chocolate malt backing offering a medium-light sweetness with some vanilla as well. Coffee picks up towards the end with a bit of a creme as this finishes with a light-medium, roasty, herbal, coffee bitterness that dries with just enough of a chocolate sweetness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste with a touch of ash coming out. Medium, smooth body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, not a bad coffee porter. The coffee isnít my favorite variety, but its well balanced with a nice chocolate malt sweetness and light hopping. Finishes well and remains easy drinking throughout.
nick76 (4144) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma has coffee as advertised! There is also burnt malt and a touch of brown sugar. The appearance is dark brown with a large, tan head. The taste definitely has coffee but it seems a bit rancid. The palate is thin. Overall this one was a disappointment for me, it had great potential in the aroma but something about the taste was not enjoyable.
jjuf1853 (1200) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at World of Beer (Land O Lakes). Pours a near pitch black color with a thin tan head. Nice spotted lacing along the glass. Aroma has lots of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavor is similar with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.
CanIHave4Beers (2897) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of durhambeer!
Pours basically black with a small but well retained head that leaves small bits of lacing on the glass.
The beer has a nice roasty and fruity smell. The coffee is vibrant and pungent and not unlike walking into my dearest Zanzibarís Coffee house here in town while the roaster is doing her thing.
The flavor is roasty and bitter with a little bit of creamy sweetness. The beer isnít overly sweet but does have a little bit of ashy-ness.
The palate is a little bit think but the low carbonation serves the flavor perfectly.
Chipalsa (1306) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance - Black, fluffy tan head, sticky lacing
Aromas - Coffee, hops, earthy
Taste - Dry, roasted, earthy, hops, cocoa, fresh coffee
The flavorful coffee profile of this porter is amazing. While it is earthy and dry... the rich, fresh coffee notes create an undertone of mellow malty flavors. Finishes like a fresh cup of iced coffee, and with an almost sticky chocolate aftertaste.
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium-sized, persistent tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is coffee, a touch of chocolate, maybe even vanilla, some roasted malt. Flavor is dominated by the coffee; it tends to blot out most of the other flavors. I get some roasted malt, some chocolate. Palate is too thin, and it needs some more malt to stand up to the chocolate. Iím also rather prejudiced against coffee porters; they always seem to taste like coffee dregs, no matter how good the purported quality of the coffee. I think Iíll keep my coffee and my beer -- probably my two favorite beverages -- in separate corners.
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
tasting on 1/19/12. dark brown pour with a 1/2" tan head. big roasted coffee nose with chocolate malts. light to medium body with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. dry roast finish. could use a bigger body but the coffee notes are great. very drinkable.
tmongoose (1080) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on draft poured dark brown opaque with no head. the aroma of roasted malts, roasted coffee, mild chocolate. medium bodied porter with the flavors of the same roasted malts, coffee, hints of chocolate, very full flavored very very good.