AirForceHops (3646) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle direct from HF. Used a English pint glass. Thick, beige head that slowly diminished after about half the glass. Nose and taste are deep and seductive. Aromas of coffee, notes of tobacco, small hint of chocolate. Thick, velvety mouthfeel. Medium body leaning on the full side. Flavor has lots of dry roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of ash. After a few more sips, it shows another level of complexity. Licorice, a bit of dark fruit and bitterness from a high end espresso bean. 7.5% is not noticeable at all. Is this a high end stout or a porter?? Absolutely rich and decadent. I drink a lot of porters and love the style, this brew is exceptional in every way.
hammerslammer (16) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours beautifully. smells of chocolate, prunes, coffee roastery. this is everything i want in a porter. hints of smoke, dark chocolate, dried fruit, coffee....but i emphasize hints because all the flavors work so well together and nothing lingers. "feels delightfully creamy in my mouth" is what Lushawn said to Phaleslu about something else one time. i think the same can be said to the fullest extent about this delicious treat. Now i just wish it were more readily available in the boston area....
samami (4) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 26, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best Porter I have ever had. Smooth, rich without being heavy, sweet but not cloyingly so. One of my favorite beers.caramel, coffee, roasty, chocolate, dough, black, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
orangesol (934) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on-tap at Teresaís Next Door during Philly Beer Week.
A - Pours deep brown, might as well be black, with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and plenty of dark roasted malts. A bit of smoke comes through as it sits in the glass. Very nice nose.
T - Starts off with a ton of sweet dark roasted flavors - namely coffee, chocolate and molasses - slowly giving way to some of the other flavors - licorice, smoke and a bit of dark fruit. The dark roasted malt is ever present. Finish is quite roasty but the smooth feel really helps to keep things in check.
M - Big, smooth body with a ton of dark flavors and moderate carbonation. Nice creamy feel brings everything together.
O - I could drink this beer every day no problem. It possesses all of the flavors I look for in a dark beer and the execution is nearly flawless. This deserves all of the praise it receives.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle shared by atom. Pours a dark black with a frothy, brown head. Woah, what a wonderful aroma. Smells like a bag of coffee beans with chocolate, roasted malt and a hop backbone. Full bodied for a porter, this is perfectly balanced between notes of dark chocolate truffle, roasted malt, coffee, and some earthy hop overtones. Really smooth and drinkable. If I had access to this on a regular basis, it would be definite go to porter. Itís a pretty fucking awesome porter.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by atom. My first thoughts when looking at this beer is that it is much darker than that Pipeworks imperial porter. This also has a great looking tan head. Rich coffee and chocolate aroma. Itís so simple, but it is so great. Creamy texture, with a big roast coffee character. Flavor also has dark chocolate with a nice bitter finish, but it also has a nice blackberry component to it. It is simple, to me, but I think this is incredible.
Atom (1485) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to SS, pours dark brown/ black with a medium deep tan head. Aroma hits some nice senses in me head, chocolate, coffee, hops, molasses, dark malts, and pretzel bread. Could ask for a better balance in this aroma. So smooth, chocolate and coffee intertwined perfect, with slight roasted malt, molasses, hops, and yeast bringing it altogether. Damn near perfect, easy drinking, extremely well balanced. I could drink this all day everyday, lovely!
adam42381 (382) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review from notes taken at Cigar City Brewing taproom on 7/15/12. Poured on draft into a Cigar City shaker pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a 1/2 finger light tan head. Decent lacing.
Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted malt and white bread crust.
Taste: Milk chocolate, roasted malt and coffee throughout. Aftertaste is bitter coffee with a touch of sweet chocolate. Extremely well-balanced. Excellent flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could drink this all day.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. Maybe the best porter (itís really close to a milk stout in my opinion) Iíve ever had. Itís extremely well-balanced and smooth. Iíd recommend trying this one if you get a chance. I hope Iím lucky enough to get some bottles of Everett at some point.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first from HF. Very excited for this one! Poured into a Highland pint glass.
Pours a deep foreboding black. Heavy and scary looking. A great finger width of luscious mocha-head rests atop. The nose is rich with roasted malt, coffee grounds, dark breads, molasses. Well-rounded aroma invites me to partake.
For the style, the feel holds up wonderfully. Velvety chewy mouth with a moderately-full heft to it. This is not an easy drinker, and thatís fine by me. Holds up the decadence of the flavors perfectly. The beer is overflowing with rich, malty goodness. Roasted coffee stands out, followed by a not-unpleasant burst of charred bread. Semi-sweet chocolate, cut oats on the finish. Fantastic Porter. One of the best. Iíd love to have this one again.
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Having a glass at Cigar City as a guest tap. Pours and laces just like a fine RIS. Aroma is light espresso , roasted malts and slightly smoky. Taste is much like aroma and smooth. Very easy to drink, and you taste the craftmanship. Excellent porter indeed. Thanks To all involved who made it possible to enjoy this.