jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan/brown head. Nose is malt and chocolate. Very creamy on the palate, this beer is full of flavor- malt, molasses, honey, toffee and chocolate, Hops is light on the finish. A very good beer that pairs well with a variety of snacks as well as cheese and sausage.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of The_Enemy
Aroma holds cocoa some sharp grassy hops and coffee grounds all at a pretty strong intensity.
Dark brown to black in color with a thumb thick tan head that diminishes slowly.
Fore is fairly bitter, but from hops or just burnt malts it is hard for me to tell for sure. A mix of both perhaps. It definitely tastes well hopped to me...not Alpha Klaus hopped, but pretty hoppy and the acidic coffee flavors and burnt malts accentuate that. Has the right mouthfeel for a porter though I’m sure some will find it thinnish.
As it warms the cocoa becomes full on chocolate and starts to muscle out the bitterness. This is a pretty well done porter and would have probably been considered "extreme" 5 years ago.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a dark garnet body with a lasting fluffy brown head that leaves gorgeous lacing. The aroma is like my mom’s chocolate revel bars. Oatmeal, chocolate fudge, sweetened condensed milk, caramel. There’s also some nice espresso roast in this. The taste is a dry woody oatmeal, dry roast char, green coffee berries, sweet hops. This is one of the better porters I’ve ever had. Definitely should have bought more than one bottle. Darn... this is a great treat! Excellent mouthfeel. Fits very well with this brew. Perhaps "a touch light", but it works. Extremely easy to drink.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkly murked burgandy brown thats seemingly clear when up to the light and gets ambery edges. Ivory colored cap of medium stature, melts down to a whispy skim and the lacing sticks in thick strings.
Aroma of roasty cocoa and a darker nuttyness with light touches of vanilla and burnt leaves.
Good taster with mild roasted cocoa/chocolate and a black malt dryness and slight burnt grains. Tiny bits of tangy sweetness intersede adding a bit of dark cherry. Caramel coated nuts keep it smoother as the dryness tries to take over keeping an interesting balance. Finishes lightly drying but firm with a milky coffee and bits of burnt malt.
Feel is light and fluffy with its carbonation but substantially solid with a malty stronghold of caramel-chocolate candybar-like weight. Dryness within itself is pleasantly delicate as it balances out the sweeter stuff with just the right amount of give.
Drinks down fine and full as whole milk. Pretty solid porter.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very creamy and sweet drink. The color is a dark reddy brown, complimenting the charred and sweet notes in the beer. Smell is like damp coffee grounds, cherry, and milk chocolate. An assortment of well-matched flavors; a quick start of sour cherry and sweet nectar, followed by burnt toast, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. A lingering sweetness throughout the mouth mixes well with the coffee finish. Body is thin, but is just dry enough to be perfect for a porter.
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured a deeper reddish-brown with a tall, lively cap of creamy beige head. Lovely hopped up aroma... pine, earth, and grassy notes on top of deeply-roasted cocoa and coffee. Flavor picked up about the same stuff.. body was fairly light and certainly refreshing. Cocoa was damn near burnt and a bit grainy on the palate. Hopped up cocoa finish. Really a solid effort that I could drink a whole bunch of.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Steve’s Liquor Madison
Dino’s Dark poured garnet with big deep mahogany highlights. A half finger creamy beige head formed on the pour that settled to a thin skim of foam up top. When not held away from the light this beer is as black as night. Leaves patchy lacing after each sip. Looks good.
As I inhale this beer I get a nose full of sweet lightly roasted malts. The roasted malts are the main aroma but there is a very nice compliment of toffee and freshly ground coffee aromas that creep through. There’s even some dark fruit involved here in the form of plum and fig. Mild floral hop scent on the backend.
Roasted malts upfront in the flavor as well. Much like the aroma there is a solid toffee sweetness that comes through mid-palate and sticks around through the finish. Mild coffee shows up on the finish. Flavors meld together very subtly to make a very enjoyable brew. Mild floral hop bite on the finish. Very nice.
Medium bodied with minimal carbonation lets this beer woirks it’s way through slowly. Smooth and creamy. Small hop bitterness on the finish, very small.
This is definately an easy beer to put away. Good sipper with subtle enough flavors to keep me wanting more.
My first offering from Lake Louie and it’s definately a good one. Very solid porter with some minor stout like tendancies. Pick it up if you see it.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby brown with a small brown head. Aroma of coffee, milk chocolate, dirt, condensed milk, some nuttiness along with some roasted malts. Smells quite good. Tastes quite sweet with a bitter roasted malt finish. Taste has a little cereal in there, too. Lighter bodied than some, but not quite thin.
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Chocolate malt and roast; not overly powerful but nice.
Ap: Pours deep dark brown with 1" light tan head.
T: Rich chocolate malt flavor, lightly bittered finish. Very well balanced, medium roast.
P: Medium body, a touch sticky, moderate carbonation.
O: Different take on a porter, with pretty toned down roastiness that really brings the chocolate flavor to the forefront. Nice change of pace.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bitter type roasted aroma, slightly meatllic, dry chocolate roasted taste, pleasant seems like it might get a sweet edge as it warms,a little hop comes in as it warms,and yes there is the slight chocolate syrup sweetness,gooed stuff