Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: 330 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very effervescent dark brown with a small, active, light tan head. The nose is earthy hops, rye, caramel malt, black walnuts, and dirt. The flavor has a sharp nutty tang and comes across as a little hot despite the low ABV. There is a slight cooked vegetable undertone that doesn’t sit well. Medium bodied with sparse carbonation (guess it jumped out early on) leading to a dry, walnut and vegetal finish. This one seems to be at odds with itself.
Strykzone (5210) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a very dark brown with almost no red. A very big and smooth light tan head that lasts nicely. A robust and pleasant aroma of dark fruit, molasses, and roasted notes. The flavor begins sour with complex fruit, and not all of it dark. There are some roasted flavors and that molasses, again. I like it.
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle. Large beige head atop hazy dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, rye, some coffee, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light rye, vinous. Effervescent medium body.
tnkw01 (1250) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wished I would have read these reviews before opening this baby. WHOOOOSH! All over the place. Anyway,1/3 of the bottle gone. Pours a huge long lasting head. Nice, deep brown color. Tastes great. Absolutely one of the best "porter" type beers I have ever had. Too expensive though for how much you loose.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle is a gusher, in spite of careful storage and handling, first pour producing a glass that is 95% beige foam. Finally settles into a chestnut body with some creamy lacing. Aroma has dark roasty malt notes, coffee and cocoa, and some twangy rye. Medium body has a chewy and meaty maltiness. Coffee, cocoa, toffee, and peppery rye are complimented by an earthy British hoppiness and dark roast bitterness to produce a tasty porter. Meaty maltiness is nicely highlighted.
lukeyq (1) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
personally valued this beer as a discovery of the senses,rich,firm,lush with an easy finish,if only it had a more solid distribution things would be great...
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Epic gusher... even after I cleaned it off my walls, floor, and self, it was still foaming out of the bottle. Once it calmed down, it poured a dark brown with a khaki head that eventually receded to a normal size. The aroma is obvious rye, some dark chocolate, a touch of beef jerky, some earthy notes, and a little bit of fruitiness. The flavor is on the zesty side with some cola and peanut notes, some earth, and some wood. The rye really comes out toward the finish, along with some further nuttiness. Fair beer once the explosion is over.
skoisirius (1812) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with an exceptional fizzy and foamy white head that spewed out the bottle when opened. Smelled of sour malt, and lots and lots of grain, whether it be rye, or just earthy grain in general. Flavor was...different. Mild roasty porter type flavors running around with nutty brown ale flavors, mixed with this odd sour note, mixed with heavy rye. Wasn’t quite sure what to think of it, but it is definitely thicker than you think it might appear.
phaleslu (7041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place- kudos to Paul for getting some New Zealand beers in this year. Pours a dark brown color with a massive, foamy beige head that sticks for a surprisingly long time, given the bubbly consistency. Aroma of rye, coffee, dusty grains, earth, toast, roasted dark and chocolate malts, and dried leaves. Flavor of rye, coffee, roasted malts, earth, rust, faint leafy hops that show up halfway through and depart quickly, chocolate, and minerals. Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a roasty, spicy, mineral mouthfeel. Dry finish. Unusual beer but not bad.
bhensonb (11800) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very darkly ruddy brown with a very temporary 4 finger foamy beige head. Strong aroma. Lots of activity - rye/coffee - hop. Almost burns the nose (foam breaking up rapidly). Med body. Dark malt. Chocolate note. Some hop. I can taste rye, but it’s like this is supposed to actually be a porter. Bottoms out with something herbally hoppy - but not very many IBUs. Strange and interesting. I’d drink it again.