scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alexandria, VA - Clear chocolate brown colored ale, light tan creamy head. Soft nose of roasted chocolate, florals, iced tea, and mild coffee. Similar flavors with floral hops combining with a roasted chocolate and citrus tone. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry, bittersweet finish. Porter for beginners...
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap from a 12oz sample in Manchester, CT. Wait a second ... they think this is a porter?!? Now I’m conflicted ... do I rate it to style, or to what I thought the style was ... Dark mahogany pour with a nice little fluffy head on it. Slightly roasted aroma with a hint of smokiness. Roasty and slightly bitter in the mouth with a slightly sweet, albeit thin, tinge going down. Roasted malts dominate, with grassy hops lagging a bit behind. I guess it was a pretty good tasting brown ale, but if you go in expecting a porter, you’ll be dissappointed.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
ON tap at the Palm Harbor (I think that’s where it was maybe Oldsmar..it was on US 19 right near Tampa Rd.) Hop’s.
It may be the frozen mug the beertender schlupped this in without asking, but I get a very subdued aroma. Mild roastiness and caramel malts. Dark red/brown (mahagony) color with a quickly fading tan head. Caramel malt dominates the fore..mild hop bitterness and a bit nutty like a brown ale. Similar palate to a brown ale as well. Tasty, but thin with little range.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught: This is one of those rare few where the appearance is just not even close to what it should be. Clear light brown, totally see through, with a small off-white head. The aroma has a bit of caramel and roasted malt, but it comes through as a very subtle hint of very dark roasted malt - almost like this one was brewed using mostly pale malts and then a touch of roasted barley or black patent just for color. The flavor belays the same impression - subtle hints of bitter roasted malt, caramel, and a tiny hint of coffee. Again, it feels forced. The body is way too thin, almost watery, medium carbonation, finishing watery without aftertaste.
Pailhead (6406) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap: Aroma of sweet roasted coffee. Appearance is way too light for a porter. Transparent reddish-brown with a small off-whitehead. Caramel and light roastiness up front and some hints of sourness in the middle. Light coffee in the finish. Rather thin. Doesn’t taste too bad, but really lacking in appearance and mouthfeel for a porter.
omhper (23538) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at the Pembroke Pines, FL location. Very dark brown. Roasty coffee aroma. Medium dry with clean hard mouthfeel. Fairly hoppy and grapefruity with long salty finish. The flavours are all there, but the malt profile/mouthfeel is hard and lifeless.
Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
go gators. drank this in gator country and got a damn good buzz off it. I dont think it is made of gator.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Bradenton location. Poured a medium to dark mahogany color with a small head. Caramel and lighter chocolate in the aroma. Stronger chocolate and some roasted malts in the taste.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a good beer. It has a roasted chocolate taste that is a little weak but the hop bitterness is in there. A good beer to have with pork or pasta. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Light brown color.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to the Hops Grillhouse and Brewery for serving a minor. Deep brown in color with hints of ruby when held up to the light. Poor head retention with little to no lacing. Served way too cold.
The aroma was very bad! Not much to speak of. No hop presense in the aroma. Barely anything.
Very low hop presense which is the low point of the beer but a full malt body makes up for it. Hints of chocolate, alcohol, roasted coffee and roasted malts. A really "sweet" porter. Smooth finish but a little too smooth. Needed more of a hop bite on the tongue.