nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark brown in color with a lasting large bubble tan head from the brett. The aroma is nice, funky and bretty with chocolate and roast. The flavor is also good, wild and tart with a great base beer. Complex with chocolate and earthiness, along with a bit of fruit. Medium-bodied with mild acidity and high carbonation. A very good and interesting beer.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at GABF. Iíll go ahead and say that this is an odd beer and not really "porter." Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Nose is peculiar. Some brett funk and roast and an oddy coppery-metallic note in the nose. On tasting, itís a bit better, affording more roast and a dry funk from the brett. Much cleaner than I would have thought but the metallic notes crop back up. Meh.
Slipstream (1923) - USA - OCT 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Caponeís. This unusual brew hit the spot for me, altho I see not everyone feels that way about it. Dark pour. Sweaty, perfumey, coffee and malt aroma. The flavor features an unusual cider sourness - unusual for a porter anyway. There is some mellow sweetness in there as well. The flavors mix better than I would have thought. Very interesting brew - my appreciation for Ithaca Beer Co. continues.
GT2 (7707) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Caponeís. Pour looks like nitro stout with sheets of thick, tan lace. Deep ruby looking black in the glass. Nose is grape juice. Taste is tart grape, roasted malt, acidic coffee, some harsh bile acid. Lighter mouthfeel- harsh acids though. Roast/coffee + sour grape doesnít seem to be such a great combo. Should be moved to sour/wild ale.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
murky plum brown, extreme cream lacing with a receded ring. Nose is sweet grape juice, lightly burnt malt, hints of brownie and acid clash, but no acetic. Flavor is low carbonation, more plum, nice roasted dessert in finish because of malt presence, subdued acidity. Some things work, some donít.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Freshcraft. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head that falls to a thin cap before leaving some spotty lacing. The nose had some slight roastiness along with chocolate and a bit of brown sugar. The taste has a fine malt flavor of roasty and caramel malts, along with a bit of caramel sweetness and a mild earthiness. Has a bit of funkiness that lingers through the finish. Medium body, higher carbonation, lasting finish and smoothness.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts tart/sour with a malty sweetness. Soon thereafter a wave of roasted malt comes in. Really sweet but pleasant, smooth and creamy. Different, i enjoy the pucking sourness blending into the roasted dark flavor of a porter.
dnstone (2092) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tootsie chocolatey and roasty aroma. Black in color with a hint of tan head. Not my favorite chocolate flavors on a beer.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Lansdale Brewfest. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose was dark roasty choc malt, mild funk, hops. Tastes chocolate malty, medium in palate heft and complexity, with some molasses, hops, and funky tartness. Came off like a 75/25 Black Belgian IPA/,sour ale. Interesting.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample at GABF on 9/20/11. black pour with small tan head. roast nose with light funk / Brett. sweet body with more roasted malts with light Brett. roasted finish. ok....