arkurzynski (1583) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black to brown pour. Nose of roasted malt, mild fruit esters, and fleeting smoke. Flavor is soft, gritty roasted malt withsome dark fruit and slightly more noticeable smoke and charcoal. Very enjoyable.
Dogbrick (8657) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. Dark brown color with a thin dense tan head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malt, coffee and chocolate. Light-bodied with flavors of charred malt, dark chocolate and coffee. The finish is mildly smoky with a burnt malt aftertaste. Not sure if it is a reference to the Kavinsky song, but an above average beer overall.
Nero55 (772) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark brown with thin brown head. Aroma of smoked meats and roasted malt. Medium body, smoked malt, malt sweetness, and a hint of chocolate with a dry finish.
islay (1245) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Consumed on 7-26-14. Pours dark brown with beige head. Smoky, malty aroma features a raisin scent. Weak smell. Sweet, chocolatey, malty, plumy, pruney taste. Very nice sweetness. Smoky in the finish. Medium body. Soft and lively in the palate.
akoeninger (488) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Nice dark black color with a tan head. Mild roasty aroma. Great balanced roasted flavor with sweet dark chocolate. Smooth and creamy with a long roasted finish. This is a very good and drinkable porter.
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cowboy7381 (3) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Dark beer and was expecting more bitter, but surprised by a mellow Stout with major chocolate overtones.
kkleu357 (358) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not much smell. Some malty roasty aromas. Poured from tap with a nice dark black body with a small head. Light flavor. Tastes good, but kind of lacking somewhere. Overall, decent, but could use some work.
dkrep (14) - 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 (3698) - 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 (3095) - Clevelandish, 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.