weihenweizen (1769) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated brown 500 mL botted served in a snifter. Pours black with dark brown highlights and beige head. Little lacing, medium/thin body, low carbonation, and sightly tart roasted malt. Taste is slightly tart dark malt and tart cherry.
JStax (3074) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 500 ml bottle thanks to lukaduke. Aroma is roasty oats with a vanilla and subtle tartness in the background. Taste has a roasty sweetness with a dry, green apple tartness in the finish. Interesting take on the style.
Ataraxia (377) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with thin brown lacing. Coffee, smoke, oak, earthiness, hints of vanilla and spice. Smooth, medium-bodied, a little too much carbonation, and finishes bitter.
Not sure if itís just this bottle, but I was getting a persistent metallic taste throughout.
PhillyCraft (3322) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle brought to Tim/Bills for Alenís birthday tasting. Split with 5-6 heads. Pours a pitch black with small coffee head. Aromas and flavor of wood, mollases, perfect amt of roast, earth and light vanilla. One of the most balanced and drinkable porters I have had to date. Medium to fuller bodied. Another winner from Seany Hill.
Beerman6686 (4423) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a medium brown color with a beige cover. Aroma was vanilla, spices, chocolate, mild roast, and earthy hops. Flavor was very well balanced, nice mixed bitterness of earthy hops and roast, with just enough sweetness to keep it from being a black ipa.
thirdeye11 (5598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500ml bottle) medium brown, lasting tan bubbles. Nose of to h chocolate, graham cracker, cream, bakers chocolate, dry. Taste of dry chocolate, rich, light barrel. Dry body, medium thickness.
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL growler served in a HF wine glass.
Pours a rich chocolate black with a quickly dissipating mocha head. Dots of lacing and wet legs line the glass. Aroma starts with mild smoke, bread and burnt malt, and turns mildly sweet with molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla bean and light cream. Flavor has a bready and coffee base, more roasted malt and a bakerís chocolate finish that isnít particularly sweet. Vanilla and molasses subtly blend in and out of the body without ever being cloying. Biggest knock on this is the slightly thin body and watery finish. Nowhere as robust as Everett and too thin for the style and ABV for my taste. Regardless, an excellent, unique porter but Iíll just stick to Everett.
Damico (2613) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 Pours dark black coffee in color with a creamy darker beige head. The aroma brings sweet vanilla and coffee blended so well with a tinge of chocolate. The flavor brings a lot of coffee and ends with pleasant bitter roasted malts all on a creamy body.
jamesewelch (37) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle from brewery. Aroma is coffee, caramel, and a good heaping of vanilla. Color is dark brown, nearly black with minimal tan head. Very sweet with toffee like taste and very distinct vanilla. Full bodied, slick texture, with a long finish of coffee, a little bit of chocolate, and vanilla.
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: vanilla, rich chocolate, notes of roast and coffee, dark sugars. Pours black, nearly opaque, tan head with average retention and spotty lacing. Flavor: chocolate and vanilla, smooth roast profile, a touch of coffee, caramel and molasses, coffee, rather faint cinnamon. Bitterness is low-medium, but balances the malt nicely. Medium-full body, medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Great brew.