BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500(?)ml brown bottle from Florian’s in Auburn. Completely opaque black body with only a thin film of light tan head. Smells of burnt and caramel malts with hints of black licorice. Burnt malt, caramel malt, coffee and chocolate flavors dominate with just a hint of black licorice on the finish (along with coffee flavor). Full bodied, almost to the point of chewiness. Bears some similarity to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout IMO, though lighter in body and alcohol slightly, and a bit more complex. Fantastic. The great mouthfeel and complex array of flavors make this beer a clear winner. I’ll be getting it again - a new favorite porter!
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma has raspberry and red wine. Flavor is sour and the carbonation is almost nil. Sweet and malty, after the initial sourness. i didn’t get the complexity promised by the description, but it is much more complex and interesting than most porters. Draught at Town Hall, 1/26/2007.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Town Hall. Pours a nice dark brown with a medium tannish brown head. The aroma is that of sweet toffee bourbon characteristics. The flavor is malty sweet, but carries a little bit of tart citric acidity. I am not sure if the line was infected or if this is how it is supposed to taste(soured), but I love it.
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a light black color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of black chocolate is very enticing with some nice English malt also noticeable. Taste of lightly sweet chocolate malt is very good and dominated the taste spectrum. Body was slightly watery with some medium carbonation. This was a very good beer but it is lacking a little something to be truly great.
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle from Whole Foods in Chapel Hill. Pour is darkness with 3/4 inch tan head. Big aroma: dark fruits, leather, chocolate, molasses, tobacco, sweet roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeel with lots of sweet malts and dark fruit flavors. Much sweeter than any of the porters I have tried. Kind of lighter body than I am used to as well. The sweetness kind of overpowers the roastiness which is a little bit of a turnoff for me. Must drink a different porter now for comparison. Strange, but drinkable brew.
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, I believe courtesy of HogTownHarry. Black body with a small tan head that fades. Aroma of mild roast, dark fruits, raisins, figs (?) and muted cocoa or hot chocolate notes. Flavour of dark fruit with a dry toasty malt in the finish that occassionally flashes glimpses of cold coffee like bitterness. Average palate could stand to be more full for the style. Alcohol is seemingly non-existent. Interesting, bit heavy on the tastebuds but very interesting.
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pitch black with a thin tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Bready and caramelly, a bit on the thinner side. Bit of chocolatey swirl ... nice little porter.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Thick tan head fades very quickly. Very dark brown, opaque body. Aroma is strange: molasses, marshmallow, caramel nougat, must, graham cracker. Taste: baking chocolate, grass, pickles, sour malts. Also quite nutty with a sweet tobacco dipped in Tennessee whisky. Very heavy on the palate, full bodied. Sweet finish, long finish, pleasant and different.
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with little head. Very roasty, choclate taste. Leaves a good impression on the palate. Solid beer.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Aroma: lots of dark fruit with a prominent grapiness which also carries a light sourness, chocolate, toasted nuts, strong malt sweetness with some molasses, cream, and a light spiciness. Appearance: Dark brown in color. Light tan head was full and creamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Dark fruits come through strong again (grapes, raisins, plums), Chocolate, toasted nuts, a sweet spiceiness, cream. Finishes sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is noticeable, but helps pull everything together. Palate: Medium-full bodied and creamy. Moderate-low carbonation. Some light alcohol warming in rear of mouth. Overall: A great porter in the english tradtion, albeit with a bit more alcohol. Good flavors and a great mouthfeel really make this one nice to drink.