dkrep (11) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours a nice thick black with a nice cocoa head. Great lacing on the glass. Tastes so good, definitely a solid beer!
RobertDale (2631) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Comes dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke. Very tasty. My favorite at Karben4.
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub
Located in the old Ale Asylum building it feels as if Karben4 has picked up where they left off. A fine porter was the only one I could try before moving on but if Karben4 continues at this level I will be sure to visit the next time I am in the Madison area.
Aroma / Appearance - A reddish black base shimmers with life. Fizzy head is a little weak yet not completely lifeless. Light ash, cocoa, malt, and iced coffee feel like walking into a busy Starbucks. A trace of earthiness binds it all together.
Flavor / Palate - A fluid black base is a mixture of smoke and iced coffee. Delayed sweetness warms up in the nutty finish. Exceptionally easy to drink the entire package is balanced. Nothing sets it apart as remarkable but it is well enough made to be worth supporting a new brewery in the Madison area.
bartlebier (840) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Double sample flight@source during FMG delegation visit 5ix13. Subtle & smooth, mouth-coating yet light feeling porter, bearing well-balanced flavours of red berries, subtle smoke, mahogany and oak tones, fig and light chocolate. Bit too light to be creamy. All 6 samples in the flight were above brewpub average, but this was easily the standout beer. Would love to try in full pint size or from bottle.
kaser (1789) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft poured at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. Black pour. Very tan head on this. Very smokey aroma and the taste was the same. Bacon backbone. Deliciuos and smooth
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Smoky goodness. Dark, brooding appearance, but exceptionally easy to drink, the chocolate malt character substantial yet light on the palate like a well made dessert. (#5108, 7/2/2013)
beerbaaron (698) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 Inky black. Lasting brown head. Coffee, some chocolate. Roasty. Medium to light body. Great initial offering.
esjaygee (3859) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Karben4. Dark brown with a medium brown crown. Aroma is moderately smoked with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste of chocolate, roasted mlat, mild peanuts and a hint of smoke with a mild bitterness on the finish. Tasty porter!
Lubiere (9085) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A deep dark porter with a thick frothy brown head. In aroma, smooth powdery chocolate with coffee grinds, In mouth, a sweet chocolate with light peated notes, a bit too sweet. On tap at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 19 2012.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Karben4 brewery taproom, just north of Madison, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a creamy tan head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark chocolate malt, some beef jerky, light coffee and floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of lightly smoked beef jerky, toasted chocolate malt, some light coffee and floral hops. Finish is semi-sweet, mild bitterness with a short lived beef jerky and chocolate malt aftertaste.