FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled February 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown almost black color that shows some ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark chocolate up front but then quickly becomes quite roasted with espresso notes, burnt grain husks, lots of toasted whole grain and even a touch of musty malt character. The aroma is definitely on the charred and burnt side of the spectrum, though it is not so much as to leave the aroma harsh.
Lightly sweet tasting up front, the beer has a medium’ish body to it that lightly coats the palate. The carbonation provides a substantial prickle as well as some sharp carbonic acid; after the carbonation is forcibly removed the beer becomes much more smooth and well integrated. Sweet malted chocolate and some roasted berry notes up front are tempered by a herbal hop flavor, a hop bitterness and a roast grain bitterness in the finish. Hmm, after stepping away from my beer for a bit, I think I know what makes this taste so sweet. There is a definite, though subtle, note of diacetyl here that adds a touch of butterscotch to the flavor. This definitely has a simplistic, at time annoying sugar sweetness to it.
This is a nice beer, I was definitely in the mood for some dark grain on this cold, by Tucson standards, winter evening and this has hit the spot. I could wish for a touch more smooth, chewy dark malt, with a bit less of the simple sweetness (more of a caramelized malt sweetness would have worked a little better here), but this is still a tasty beer. Well here is a bit of a dichotomy, the more I work my way through this bottle, the more cloying and annoying it gets. Not horrible, but I am really not digging the simple, sugary sweetness here; the body is just too light to support this amount of sweetness.
MaartenRF10 (1359) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Tan head. Aroma of honey, wood. Taste is caramel roasted malts with honey, wood, some bourbon. Silky smooth body and carbonation. Nice!
ads135 (2340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aptly named beer. The mouthfeel is one of the best aspects of this already very nice, dark, rich beer. Chocolatey, very roasty, and smooth.
Jamesthebrit (133) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Strong aroma. Roasty. Hint of coffee. A touch of acidity. very nice.
A: Looks fine. Brown with tan head. Good lacing.
T: Very smooth taste. Verrry smooth. Hits with chocolate and roasty coffee. A little watery acidity in the middle. Finish is smooth and chocolatey.
P: A little watery. Solid though
Overall this is a very good porter. Lots of great roasty chocolate. The watery hit in the middle takes something away but otherwise a great blend of flavors.
sagmarium (64) - SPAIN - OCT 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a smooth beige head. Nose is dusty coffee, faint anise and bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, surprisingly dry with a fruity tang. Taste is stale coffee, plum, peanut and cocoa powder. Seems faded.
AndyW68 (705) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Brown with red tint and tan head. Aroma is light roast malt. Taste is light coffee and chocolate. A bit to sweet for me.
koleminer20 (189) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a thin dark brown, thin enough to get some ruby accents through the glass. Thin light tan head, fades quickly with no head. The aroma is not really dominated by any particular scent. There is roasted malt, and caramel present, but nothing overwhelmingly front and center. The taste is pretty much the same level of mediocrity. There are hints of caramel and roast, and perhaps a touch of chocolate, and the best part is the mouth feel and the lingering tastes. It's a little thin, bit hangs around nicely.
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TheEpeeist (3049) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smooth beige head. Nose is dusty coffee, faint anise and bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, surprisingly dry with a fruity tang. Taste is stale coffee, plum, peanut and cocoa powder. Seems faded.
changeup45 (1667) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased locally. This pours a deep brown color that looks black in the glass. A vigorous pour produces a thin-moderate tan head but most of that fades away. First reaction to the aroma is that of chocolate. That’s followed by light soot, oats, and some caramel. Semi-sweet chocolate, lightly toasted grains, and caramel flavors. The chocolate seems to stand out with everything else as complimentary. The sweetness upfront is countered by an ashy character on the backend. A touch thin and basic but still pretty solid.
Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GCB: Bottle. On quiz night. This is a really nice porter that hits all of the right boxes.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very smooth and silky roasty porter. Chocolaty with a little coffee and toffee flavor.