Reid (1946) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz single has "LOLO" under the cap..Hawaian for crazy!
Nice chocolate ,aroma with black coffee hints, good,.
Great looking beer dark brown almost black with a nice sized small bubbled tan head.
Flavour has a good deal of the coffee flavour, good too but very little else to show, the malts seem Ok bitter but not great and there is a slight bite of hops.
Pretty average for a porter on the palate, thin but not highly carbonated.
Over all a nice middle of the road porter embellished well by the coffee.
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 Draft at San Diego Brewing Company. I thought this was a very decent porter. Dark Dark pour with little head (mostly thanks to my server) Lots of coffe aroma along with some chocolate. Those aromas were brought over into the flavor with the Black Patent and hop bitterness joining in along with that classic porter dustiness. Pretty darn good.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a big fan of porters, but this one is nice. Almost black pour with a ring of brown bubbles for a head. Aroma is coffee with some cocoa and malt. Great flavor. Not overpowering coffee, but it is there, with a good balance of sweeter malts and some bitter hops. Dry finish.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap@Pizza Port SC. Brown, opaque body with hints of ruby at the edges is topped with a tan head that laces delicately. Aroma is yeasty, roasty coffee, malty, molasses. Mouth is medium with really soft, worn-down velvet carbonation that endures the entire process until you swallow. Dry finish. Flavor is sweet with a touch of alcohol, light roastiness, caramel, baker’s chocolate, prune, molasses, soy sauce, and coffee. Tasty and enjoyable.
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2006. Now this was nice! Stark contrast to the Black Sand Porter. Near opaque dark brown. Full and rich dark coffee notes in the aroma with roasted malts, and some burnt chocolate cake. Taste has an oily coffee bean flavor (French Roast?) with more roasty and burnt malts and dark chocolate. The coffee is not overpowering in my opinion and I don’t care for coffee, really. Body is medium with lighter carbonation. Some oiliness as well. Ends with a cold coffee bitterness, dark chocolate and roasted malts.
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. brown body with a bit of red on the sides. had a bit of a gray head that did not last. coffee in the nose does not overpower, allows a few other scents to emerge, chocolate, and a bit of pancake with syrup. this is good coffee flavor. not acidic, or overly bitter. maple notes come out to compliment this taste. some sweet chocolate in the finish with more coffee. a bit of dry roastiness to balance this. not a lot of complexity to this, but what is here is good. i am definitely buying more of this.
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a nice blend of lightly roasted malt and an undeniable smell of coffee bean. Color is a dark brown with tan sand colored foaming. The drink is a little fizzy with carbonation and feels thin in texture. The flavor lacks a real definite character of coffee bean but a hint of it is given off. The highlight of this porter is the aroma and thats about it.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 12 oz bottle via Roth’s. Pours a Midnight black with a very small tan head. Aroma is one dimensional....roasted malts and coffee and coffee. Taste is of...coffee. Underneath there is some caramel, plum, vanilla and chocolate...way underneath. This is most coffee upfront, in the middle, and in the finish. But that is ok, it actually works as a very nice sessionable beer.As long as you like coffee. Light to medium body.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a mahogany brown. Aroma is malty and rich. Very subtle coffee notes. Flavor is much the same. Slightly bitter roasty malts with some chocolate. Very little coffee which was somewhat disappointing. It’s a little thin on the palate. A decent porter, not outstanding though.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Dear Coffee Heads,
This one gets it totally correct. The coffee is pure Kona—packed with the terrior of the island, and the beer characterists are soild. The combo is aloha on a cracker. <P>
Bottled. Packaged on 9.21.06. Beer is very dark red-brown, nearly opaque, head is small, white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing.<P>
The aroma is malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of roasted grain, coffee (which is—of course—supplimented), light note of caramelized sugar; Hoppy with a light note of resin/pine, trace floral; Yeasty with a light-to-moderate notes of basement; Light notes of vanilla-tinted oak and top soil. moderate-to-heavy note of brightly acidic Kona coffee (bravo!) which within it contains elements of blueberry, lemon, soil.<P>
The flavor is lightly-to-moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter with a short, lightly acidic, trace bitter finish packed with roasted coffee retros.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P> If you’re bananas about Kona coffee, this is a total winner.