Petrucci914 (876) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a medium frothy mocha head. Aroma is light juniper, milk chocolate, and light coffee roasts. Taste is very smoofth and almost milky. Very nice balance of chocolate and coffee flavors. Very session-able. Excited to try the gin/oak-aged version next week!
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small light beige froth. Aroma is heavy juniper over a cocoa and roasty dark chocolate. Like a chocolate covered berry. Flavor starts with a nice strong roast and cocoa. then the cocoa comes out along with he juniper and berry notes. Fairly strong coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium body ands nice crisp bit reserved carbonation. Good beer a touch heavy on the juniper but well done
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, slight red tinge, with a frothy off white head. Aroma is beautiful, great crisp roast, light vanilla, super light, light Juniper berry. Unfortunately the Juniper beer is just a little too strong and really shows itself in the aftertaste, as it lingers way longer than the roast and leaves an awkward Gin aftertaste. The porter under here is really really nice.
drpimento (2033) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad. Served with an average sized, thick creamy, yet foamy, tan head that settles after a few moments and plenty of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, bit of toffee. Flavor is similar to nose with bittersweet on top with some highlights of fruit and then some carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are good with some sharp points from the hops. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and seems a little boozy. Quaffable.
arkurzynski (1291) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown/black. Cocoa, roasted malt, and a decent helping of floral/pine hops. Light roasted malt, toffee, molasses and an even pine hop bitterness that is definitely above the moderate level, but not detracting. Light, creamy body with some residual roast and mild hop bitterness.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle... light black with a medium tan head, nice finger cap... strong and a touch harsh nose of pine with char and coffee and sour juniper berries, herbal... the taste is really bad, starts off super charred with a terrible herbal finish... god awful, skip this
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 8/24/11. Pint bottle. Pours opaque with a dark brown hue. Lacing layer of khaki head. Aromas of anise, citrus and spices. Fudge and graham cracker malts. Medium bodied with a nice dry body. Graham cracker and peppery cracker malts. Dark dried fruit and a grassy hop character. Cloying, sticky and bitter finish. Dark chocolate flavor and a rounded palate. I wish I had a few more of these! Very nice sipping!
holdenn (2063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Milwaukee brewpub location. Brown black with a brown head that laces down the glass. Roasty chocolate burnt aromas. Sweet chocolate with biter roast and pine. Burnt toasty flavors. Really good stuff.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Thanks, Andy! Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pour yields a black-bodied beer with a 1.5-finger light mocha head that is quite bubbly and persistent. A bit of lacing as it goes down. The initial whiff brings nice notes of roasted malt and chocolate followed up with a bit of coffee and the slightest hint of juniper-infused spice.
The taste is pretty similar to the nose, though the chocolate comes out ahead of the roast character, the latter of which was more present in the nose. Additionally, the juniper comes forward quite a bit more, which negatively affects the finish, but is a bit too dry and astringent. Maybe a bit too much. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, pretty good, though I think I would have liked this without any--or at least substantially less--juniper.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-04-2011
crossovert (5644) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really roasty porter. I had it alongside a few others at a free tasting at Three Cellars.