ABUSEDGOAT (2391) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown - nearly black pour, light tan head, decent lace/retention. Bitter coffee and roasted aroma, lesser chocolate and caramel, enough of a hop presence to balance. Medium to light bodied, bitter roasted coffee flavor dominates.
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very tasty malty porter with hints of coffee and chocolate. Enjoyed from a 22 oz bottle and will definitely be looking for this beer again.
What a surprisingly amazing taste from such a small brewery in the Inland Empire.
Sarlacc83 (747) - Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle courtesy of GT2. Thanks!
A: RIS worthy black color with a sludgy pour. Thick pock-marked mocha head recedes to thin lacing.
N: Dark chocolate - 60% range and ground espresso start the nose. Graham cracker, biscuit, and ground black pepper. Earth from the hops, I’m guessing. Hints of vanilla and dirt. Great start to this one.
T: Chili pepper, chocolate and coffee. Very earthen and dirty. Lactos here, and the vanilla and graham cracker. Which is great, except as this warms, an awful black olive flavor starts to dominate, knocking down the score substantially.
M: Soft on the palate and medium bodied. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: A beer better served cold, when it’s a 5.8% beer drinking like a 9% RIS with all the fudge and coffee flavors. Because when this warms, it becomes acidic and overwraught.
GT2 (8435) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Inland Empire. Pours inky dark near black. Mahogany highlights. Scant mocha foam. Hazelnut nose with caramel and salt but moving to acetaldehyde and peppermint. Red apple :/ Taste is very dry and herbal, roasty, dusty, dry like the rest of IE’s beers. Overattenuated.
dmui4031 (7) - - NOV 27, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love these guys brews! The Hefe is an easy drinker with tons of banana and cloves on both the nose and the palate.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle that someone left at my place. I asked around, waited a while, and will wait no longer. This one pours a dark brown that shows some amber when held up to light. Small tan head. There’s a lot of chocolate in the aroma, dark and fudge, along with some earth and a black olive note throughout. Same with the flavor, that odd black olive thing. Aside from that, seems to be a straightforward porter. Light-medium bodied, smooth and robust, moderate carbonation.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a creamy tan head. Nice strong chocolate roasted grain aroma and taste with a strong toasty finish.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Draft @ brewery] Opaque dark brown body, good head formation. Smoke and a little hop on the nose. Good chewy malt palate, although not at all heavy in body. Sweet toffee and burnt caramel flavors, lingering chocolaty aftertaste. Really good porter.
JohnnyJ (4359) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Medium brown pour, with a light tan head. Roasty, dark chocolate, light coffee notes, sweet malt, and some earthy/grassy hops. Kind of thin. Marginal at best.
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is dark brown, but just barely. A tan head sits on top.
S: Roasted malts and dark chocolate make up the bulk of the aroma. There’s a bit of coffee and some earthy hop notes to the beer as well.
T: Similar description for the flavors. Quite roasty with some dark chocolate, both of which give the beer bitterness. Some coffee notes and the same earthy hop character from the nose. The flavor is sweeter than the nose lets on, however.
M: On the lighter end of medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Not my favorite porter. The flavors just aren’t quite right.