Jow (1877) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the Jeffrey. Pours dark brown with not too large of head. Nose of cocoa and dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, raisins, toasted malt, graham crackers, and soy sauce. Creamy palate with nice carbonation to at some zing. Lingering palate of chocolate. Nice to see HF back in city
dogfish120love (880) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a cappuccino colored lacing. Notes of chocolate, some soy and vanilla
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a good light chocolate head. Bottle was a bit of a gusher. Aroma is chocolate, roasted cashews, coffee, dates, graham cracker. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, roasty on the palate with some good balancing malt. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, hint of oak. Nice
Beardaxe (168) - - JAN 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on draft at CCB Brewpub in Tampa(!). I don't know how they got it, but I'm thankful they did. Typical black pour with an inviting, roasty aroma. The mouthfeel on this is amazing. Viscous without being syrupy, I've never encountered a texture this velvety on a porter before. It seriously had the feel of a quality barrel aged imperial stout. The taste was equally impressive. Sweeter than most other porters with a moderate roastiness and hippiness. Just an exquisitely balanced beer. Best porter I've ever had.
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dfearnley (766) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to tulip
Loads of caramel, coffee, blackstrap molasses, some chocolate
Deep black with a thin creamy tan head
The taste is roasted malt and coffee, some chocolate.
This is very smooth and well balanced.
Ferris (2046) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Roast malts, chocolate and the slightest soy. Jet black with a rich brown head. Roasted malts with a tiny bit of chocolate and a roast finish. A great porter where the malts are the king. Great to see a classic so well and simply done.
mgnewman5 (7) - - DEC 25, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
So robust. Lots of chocolate and coffee with a creamy soft body and not bittery harshness.
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tastybeer (1610) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black pour, tan head, good retention, some lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, roast, espresso. Taste is lightly bitter, big dark chocolate, espresso. Palate is soft, slick, light bitter finish. Very good.
illidurit (2052) - Petaluma, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy jcvanderbilt. Pours pretty near to black with a creamy cocoa head. Soft, sweet aroma with forward notes of milk chocolate and caramel, slight lactose, slight sawdust. Flavor is really potent and deep, bright up front with fresh-brewed espresso and then transforming into a long chocolate-anise denseness to finish. Subtle accents of smoke, burnt bread, and molasses, plus a lingering zest like eating roasted coffee beans. Thick, silky body with low carbonation. This one really pushes the limits of how good a straight-up porter can be. Luscious stuff.
knickskicks (638) - - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour, tan head. Nose is chocolate, slight espresso, roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, marshmallow, fresh water. Medium-full bodied. Sticky and smooth mouthfeel.