tmoreau (1918) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle at a local geek tasting. Poured to a sampler with a dark brown color, creamy, brownish tan head foam, and a nice amount of wavey lacing. The aroma was roasted and smooth malt, chocolate, and a little coffee following up. The flavor was the same mocha and smooth malt notes, plus moderate hop bitterness and light sweetness, in a medium body. Probably shouldn’t have sampled the Oatmeal Stout right before, but still sensed a texture that was a bit thin. A quaffable, standard Porter nonetheless.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan, retaining head. Aroma of dry chocolate, malt, and brown sugar. Initial flavor is very chocolaty, developing a more roasted profile by mid-palate. Finish picks up additional ashy bitterness and black coffee, though brown sugar keeps things in check. However, most of these flavors vanish impossibly quick on the palate (except, as Michael-Pollack said, "Hershey’s Chocolate". I just don’t get the fullness or robustness that I love in porters such as Smutty’s, Anchor’s or even London Porter. But I generally like this brew. And I like the flavors. Maybe I should have drank this warmer? I am wandering through my thoughts on paper at this point.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, dark malts, light roasting, and light coffee. Poured dark brown in color with a small to medium-sized, dense, creamy, oatmeal-brown colored head that lasted throughout. Almost opaque. Full of small and medium-sized particles. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, soy sauce, a bit of piney hops, and some coffee. Medium body. Slightly thin, chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Dull, roasted malt finish.
mcox90 (1374) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with small off white head and decent lasting lacing. Nose was chocolaty and malty. Palate was a little thin and dry. Flavor was of un sweetened chocolate, malts and nuts. Pretty typical Porter.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head that turns tan as the beer settles out. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, pepper. Tastes slightly bitter with some nice roasty qualities. Some fruit and chocolate are present as well.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big chocolate aroma with some roasted malts. Deep black pour with rocky, off-white head. Rich and creamy, this beer boasts a bit of everything - chocolate, burnt malts and some vanilla and cream with a slightly bitter finish. This is kind of a lighter version of their stout. I love it! Thanks to MichiganMiked!
thornecb (3975) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany into a shaker. Mocha medium sized head has excellent retention. Roasted chocolate and espresso aromas. Upfront creamy mocha with a slightly thin espresso finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Manchester Wine and Liquors. Mildly transparent, dark dark brown/mahogany color with a frothy, yet slightly quickly dissipating tannish head. Floral, sweet, toasty, chocolate, milky, roasted aroma. Quite pleasant. Slightly astringent and vegetal start, turning toasted, roasted, and chocolatey with some delicate Euro hops. Smooth, flavorful, pleasant. The start is a bit unsettling, though.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via Clark and served in a tulip:
Pours a very deep brown with a small but lasting tan head which has very nice lace.
The aroma is that of roasted, chocolate, and biscuity malts with additional notes of coffee, plum, walnut, and a touch of earthy yeast esters.
The flavor profile is in line with the nose with a lot of malty mocha character upfront support by dark and twagy fruit. The finish has notable coffee and bitterness leading to a dry mouthfeel.
Standard porter palate, fizzy and lively, nutty and yeasty dryness.
A solid overall porter, very quaffable.
kramer (4363) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via ClarkVV. Black pour with chestnut highlights and a small, fizzy, short lived brown head. Rich chocolate malt nose with some roast and touches of alcohol and yeast. Flavor is full with lots of chocolate malt up front. Finish leans toward the roasty side with some yeast. Moderate bitterness mid swallow that fades to a dry finish. Medium bodied with lively, but fine carbonation. Texture is oily with a slightly cloying finish. A nice traditional Porter. Full flavored with good body, worth seeking out.