Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub as No. 39 Pete’s Porter. Pours a deep brown, almost black body with a reddish hue. Finger-width, very creamy, light brown head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is roasty and sweet with a good amount of chocolate and caramel. Some buttered nuts, earthy citrus, and some dark fruits too. Flavor is similar. Nice, sweet caramel and chocolate with a balanced roastiness. Some more buttered nuts, a touch of toffee, and a light amount of dark fruit before this finishes smooth, rich, and dry with a light, earthy bitterness and some roast. Leaves a rich aftertaste that lingers for a lengthy duration. Light to medium body and easy drinking. Overall, a solid porter. Rich and fairly robust with an easy body. A perfect stop between KC to Denver.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown, yet very bright. Small cap of persistent fine bubbles. Chocolate, buttery brown sugar and a touch of coffee aroma. Dry slighty smokey dark chocolate flavor with a touch of resin in the finish. Just a hint of strawberry esters. Palate is a bit lighter than I expected, but soft and clean.
jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was the most impressive of the lot for me. Poured lighter colored brown than most Porters, with a tan head. Aroma of cocoa and nuts. As in all 8 that I sampled, this was exceptionally well made, not overdone, and no place to hide flaws were there any. Slightly sweet and nutty with a wonderful texture, just super.
3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium dark brown color with some amber-copper hues at the bottom of the glass. Frothy and smoky - ull of nuts and bread crust with a good, hearty smoke residue in the finish. A classic brown porter that seems to be neglected by most American brewers in favor of a semi-robust stout-like version that’s so typical. This is something refreshing to find, a true blue brown porter, almost perfectly made. Some light notes of toffee and caramel blend so perfectly across the tongue into a slightly dry, smoky finish. I was very impressed with how well this was made, and it convinced me that if this brewery tackles big beer styles and experimental recipes in the future - watch out, you could have another big time brewery pop up from nowhere. You heard it here first.