FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
A vigorous pour has me noticing a distinct butterscotch note as well as producing a three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a blackened, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely heavily influenced by diacetyl, though at first it pairs decently with a toasted, lightly roast malt note. The diacetyl soon becomes annoying, though it at least doesnít become rancid.
Sweet malt flavors are noticeable up front as the beer first hits my tongue. An oral / nasal diacetyl component then comes in towards the middle and then an almost lactic like tartness kicks in. The finish has a toasted whole grain flavor as well as a touch of roasted malt bite. The diacetyl is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor as it was in the nose, but it is still here. This does have solid dark malt flavors, I just wish they were able to come out more (the flaws really mute my experience of them here).
This was certainly an experience. The bottle is likely infected, but it could just be poor yeast / fermentation management at this point too. I do get the sense that there is a tasty beer in here somewhere. In fact the flavor, despite the easily noticed flaws, isnít all that bad even.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear medium-dark brown, in the glass nearly opaque with red highlights. A few streaks of lace. Aroma is oddly fruity, almost tart. Flavor blends pineapple esters with chocolate malt, the hops harmonizing nicely with the fruitiness. Itís tasty but a bit of an odd clash of flavors. Dusty dark malt finish. Medium to thin body, only lightly carbonated.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I would have enjoyed doing a side by side tasting with this one and Tommyís Porter, just to see the differences. Poured a thick brownish black colour with a decent frothy brown top. Aroma is strong of roasted malts and charleston chew notes. Maybe some doughnuts as well- i donít remember the last time i had a dougnut! Taste is very rich, itís creamy, a little bit of coffee midpalate. Otherwise pretty rich brew.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Skyview. Brown pour with a large foamy dirty white head. Dark fruits and sugars on the nose. Slightly sweet but malty and chalky. A hint of tartness as well as dark fruits with a cardboard-like finish.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Dark brown color with a thin head. Light apple aroma and a little chalky. Easy roasted and chocolate malt flavor. A bit of sour apple suggesting an infection, but not overly-so. Kind of a middle-range finish between dry and sweet.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hmmmm, this is a strange one. The pour is a dark chestnut brown color that shines sienna brown when backlit. A well retained, frothy, khaki colored head leaves sticky splotches and flares of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity for a porter, showing hints of raspberry and, dare I say, even some grape, amidst the usual chocolaty and coffee malt profile. Earthy spice and faded, grassy hops complete the nose. Flavors include a roasty coffee baseline with bitter earthy notes, transitioning to a fruity midpoint of mixed berries. The finish moves back towards earthy spice, which lingers for a short bit. Soft and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is a little weak for the style, but easy drinking. Overall, this one is a bit odd with its fruit-forward profile. Drinkable, but not very impressive.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roast, and a little buttery. Tastes of cocoa, lighter roast, and caramel.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown color. Smell of hops, malt, coco, caramel and coffee. Taste of roasted coffee, coco, malt, hops, caramel, and sugar.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky reddish brown with a large tan head, quickly dissipating and lacing my glass along the way. Aroma of roasted malts, light fruit and chocolate with some sourness to it. Taste is of caramel and chocolate with some light roasted malt characteristics to it. It had sort of a sour lactic quality and it finished lightly dry.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee, with that buttery smell reminiscent of caramel corn, but it blends nicely into the flavor. Has some chocolate icing in the flavor and a strong coffee roastiness. Some grassy hops and some light fruit notes as well, but overall this was a pretty lame beer.