Touchshriek (8) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark black pour with minimal head. Malty aroma with a hint of vanilla and coffee. Thinner porter, vanilla is present but not overpowering. Very drinkable beer that goes well with cold weather. Aptly named.
artmcd8 (1607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Typical malty porter taste. Aroma is definitely lacking. Thin mouthfeel. Decent beer for the price.
Steve_0 (2652) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Old Chicago. Pour is clear brown with a small tan head. Vanilla, hazelnuts, spice, light cinnamon, bread, and roast in the aroma. Taste is bready, malty, roasty, light cocoa, vanilla, spice and dark fruits with a light bitter finish. Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not bad, but I wish it had a thicker mouthfeel.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black scarlet with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma is chocolate and malt. Very creamy on the palate, the taste is sweet and of vanilla, coffee, chocolate and malt. Very flavorful with a nice mild finish which is neither too bitter nor too sweet. A well done Porter that can be paired successfully with a variety of red meats or with nuts.
jake65 (2613) - 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 (2525) - 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 (4396) - 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 (360) - - 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 (1435) - 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.