howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Fresh roasty aromas with some herbal hoppiness shining through. Chocolate, hazelnutty flavors with a good roasty backbone and considerable hop bitterness. A little caramel sweetness but finishes pretty dry.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tapped just for me at the brewery. Deep, hazy chocolate brown color with a deep tan head. Aroma interjects lactose qualities a la chocolate milk, some roasty elements, mocha latte and chocolate covered coffee beans. Nice, scratchy semi-sweet chocolate morsels kick off the flavor portion, segueing to an iced caramel-chocolate cappuccino. Well-balanced and a modest body, finishing with a cocoa powder aftertaste. Solid.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now in six packs!!!
Sweet, creamy coffee flavors dominate. Supported cast includes nut, alcohol, and chocolate. More roasted than toasted. This is incredibly easy drinking, so creamy and rich.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chestnut/garnet color with rich tan head. The aroma was smoky, chocolaty, some roasted nuts, coffee, melted butter, caramel. Robust. Full bodied. Nice rich feeling in the mouth. Flavor was malty, chocolate, smoke, coffee. Rich and full. Delicious. Thanks, Phil!!
barleyandmalt (25) - USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 For a porter, not quite up to par. Too sweet and not nearly thick enough mouthfeel. Could have used a stronger pronunciation of the many characteristics-chocolate, smoke, coffee, sweet nuts-that made an interesting brew.
jeffrobadger (7) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich and fairly thick, sweeter than the last porter I had, and fairly nutty. Very dark with medium dirty cream head. Aroma has chocolate, nuts and coffee undertones. Almost too sweet for a porter, but it was so good I donít mind if itís not what I expected. Only problem is the growler, which isnít very convenient all the time. Overall a good beer, one I will have again soon.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: Opened with a nice fizz so the beer isnít flat, poured to a large frothy tan head and very good lace, deep brown hue. The aroma has notes of butternut, caramel, mocha, oats, coffee, pipe tobacco, and floral hops. The taste starts malty sweet with a lot of fruity and nutty undertones. Molasses and twangy lactic notes as well. A nice dose of bitters and some smoky quality appears on the finish. The feel is lively yet smooth. This is one shockingly good porter that is borderline sweet stout. Made it worth the price of the growler. Yummy!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glug, glug, glug, goes the growler...(yeah, Iím the original SeeíníSay of beer, folks).. .and it pours a plummy brown, like rich molasses, and the creamy tan head has a sturdy presence and beckons one to come further, to make better acquaintance with this brew.
Aroma, richly roasty, yet still soft, and redolent with lightly bittersweet espresso and mocha connotations... just how I like my porters, how did they know?
Oh, very smooth on the tongue, in the palate and down the throat, sweetly slides over the sense, damnably drinkable. Body is full, finish is sweet, a touch thick, and finally drying, crisp and neat. This continues anew with each at occasion that lip meets glass. Amazing flavor, and carbonation is so light, the mouthfeel so perfect that I would have no problem knocked this 64 ounce jug back in one session...this tastes "brilliant", screw those crappy cartton micks in the Guinness commercials!
Itís got me wishing I were residing more Easterly than I do, in order to easy access to a great porter like this.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Dark chestnut color with a tan head that dissipates more quickly when cooler. Black malt and dark brown sugar aroma. Definate black malt flavors and bitterness. A touch more roasted flavors then I like in this style and a touch lactic in the finish.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very bitter for a porter- quite stout-like. Solid stuff, especially after a growlerís worth of the Arena.