auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle, purchased at New England Wine & Spirits - Newburyport, MA. Robust chocolate-heavy aroma. Flavors are solid. This is a really good robust porter, but I’m digging for much pumpernickel. That toothy, earthy Rye spice is omnipresent across the palate and pairs very nicely with the rich, broad dry cocoa powder notes of the porter, but it never makes it to Pumpernickel status for me, which is a bummer. I wanted caraway seeds and Russian bagels, dammit. Otherwise, this is a fantastic porter and a great use of Rye!
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic beer. Black color, creamy brownish head. Aroma of chocalate and malts. Taste has a splash of rye which comes through as bready and spicy, but the chocolate notes are great. This is a great porter and unique, so I loved it.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to a trade with TWStandley!
Pours a dark black with a bit of tannish head. Smell is roasty espresso and rye. Taste is a great compilation of pumpernickel and a classic porter. Strikes a great balance, nothing overpowering. Very good.
johnnnniee (3660) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head that shows moderate retention. Smells of chocolate and caramel mostly with a nondescript earthy spicy component. Hints of rye do come out a bit as she warms. Taste is pretty straight forward for a porter, lots of chocolate and caramel with a bit of earthy hops for balance. There is a long lingering spice component in the finish that is subtle, but it is there. Medium to thick body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. This is a nice porter great if you consider the sub 6 dollar price tag. The Rye is there, but very subtle and adds a bit of complexity but could be a little more present.
thornecb (5409) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface leaving sheet lacing. Dark chocolate and rye aromas. Creamy with dark chocolate and espresso upfront turning to pumpernickel before the lasting charred resin finish.