Dogbrick (11621) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the long sought-after Ohio Brewers Collaboration sampler. Pours a very dark brown color with a thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of mocha and caramel malt. Medium body with flavors of chocolate malt, roasted coffee and sweet caramel. Touch of hops in the background. The finish is roasty with a coffee aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Darkest brown pour with a huge tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and roasted malt. Roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavor with a bit of caramel before a bitter dark chocolate finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/14/2010 Total Score: 3.7
Sample at Buckeye Beer Engine. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head. Roasty malt nose with chocolate and some dark fruit. Chocolate malt flavor up front followed by char, then a bitter hoppy and roasty finish.
superspak (4754) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2011 12 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown color with a very dense 2 finger tan head with amazing retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing is left on the glass. Aromas of tons of caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted malt; with some coffee and citrus as well. Nice balanced aromas here. Taste of caramel, roasted malt, and chocolate. Fairly spicy citrus hop notes show up on the finish and linger with a fairly strong bitterness. Some roasted flavor lingers as well. Very decent level of carbonation with medium body. Fairly creamy feel, but not as much as I was hoping for with the carbonation level. No alcohol noticed in the taste but a slight warming on the finish is present. Overall quite an enjoyable porter, a little hoppier than what I am used to, but still great stuff.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brownish black with large tan head. nose mostly of chocolate malt. firm bitterness before chocolate and black malt with some herbal and citrus hop flavor. lingering chocolate flavor with low residual sweetness, overall a solid porter