jake65 (2594) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Brown with a small tan head. Light aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The taste is mostly roast and coffee, but a little vanilla shows up. I like this, it fits the bill and is quite refreshing.
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not bad. Light vanilla notes mix with the dark chocolate-caramels of the base porter. easy drinking and unremarkable but still nice enough to drink. Dark garnet color, modest head.
thornecb (4315) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours mahogany into a shaker. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing to coat surface. Vanilla and roasted nut aromas. Medium bodied and dry with upfront vanilla turning to crisp nutmeat in the lasting earthy finish.
Coolhandbrew (13) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Live this beer. Very tasty. Drinks like candy. Cocoa, vanilla smooth. Only wish it was higher alcohol. Near perfect.
ozarkspops (346) - - DEC 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with some cherry on the side of the glass. Medium tan head with mild lacing. Malty aroma. Chocolate and coffee coming through the most. Relatively light mouthfeel for a porter. Flavor starts off with vanilla. Nutty chocolate and coffee. Finishes with peanut flavor. ---Rated via iPhone
seymour (1401) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from bottle into a nonic pint glass. It poured a very dark brown color, red around the edges, with thick beige foam and some lace. Typical aromas and flavors of porter: grain, bread, toast, nuts, caramel, roasted barley, faint citrusy hops, plus LOADS of real vanilla. Just the right amount of body and residual sweetness, moderate carbonation, lingering fruity aftertaste. The vanilla is prominent, too novel for a classic example of porter, but a nicely-done treat. It seems to me this is what A&W Root Beer tries to taste like. After finishing the 6-pack, I went back and bought a 12-pack, which is a pretty strong recommendation. I think this beer receives unfairly low ratings; I’d bet money if didn’t have a twist-off cap and SAB/Miller distribution, beer nerds would think more highly of it. This is the sort of experimentation microbreweries are praised for and megabreweries are punished for.
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had higher hopes for this to be honest. It has some slight chocolate, vanilla, and malty taste, but retains absolutely no head at all. Would rather Yuengling Porter or Dundee Porter anyday.
weitz15 (379) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Oil brown pour with a thin cream head. The flavor is a bit weak... only faint vanilla and a thin body.
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark red-brown with a small head. Smells of caramel, chocolate, toast. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter, chocolate, bread, flowery hops.
streve (100) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle poured into a Porter/Stout glass. Pour is a dark red wine color with virtually no head. Head fizzles out like a soda would. Aroma is vanilla, cocoa and a very small hint of rubbing alcohol. Mouth is somewhat light with a watered down feel. However, some of the vanilla and caramel flavors do come out to greet the palate. Pretty clean and goes down good too. Overall, it?s just OK. It lacks in some areas that I appreciate from a good Porter.