Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black with minimal head. Aroma has a light roasted malt profile, a medium coffee note, light chocolate. Similar in flavor with a light earthy hop presence, too. An excellent porter. Wish I could have had a few more while I was there.
(Cask at the pub)
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a very dark brown, almost black, with some reddish highlights and a khaki colored head.
S: Very roasty, especially for a porter, with perhaps a bit of burnt sugar. There are some nice coffee aromas and I would say some bitter dark chocolate is in there as well. Maybe even a hint of licorice.
T: Once again, an intense roasted malt character to the beer. There’s a moderate bitterness associated with that and a muted chocolate flavor. A pretty decent amount of coffee, too. This beer seems fairly dry.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. As I said, pretty dry on the back end.
D: I’d actually consider drinking this again. I like this beer quite a bit, probably one of the better Magnolia beers.
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Dark brown pour, light tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, a small amount of coffee, and some nice hops in the finish. Nice drinkable porter.
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on tap at Magnolia. Awesome porter, although served on the cold side. Black with some brown head and brown lace.Roast aromas rght there. Bold flavours, with great coffee yet I am not a coffee drinker. Mild 30 IBU. Creamy big mouthfeel, though offset by somewhat much carbonation. Good drinkability. Some expresso.
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Magnolia’s. Poured black with a nice toffee colored head. More complex and full-bodied than many other porters. I’d still prefer a stout most of the time but this was a good one to try and very drinkable.
Sledutah (4068) - Utah, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub
Appearance: Black with a small tan head and some lacing in the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, hop bitterness in the finish
I enjoyed this beer, very well balanced.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a creamy tan head. Nice chocolate molasses and roasted grain aroma. Rich chocolate flavor with a creamy mouth feel and buttery roasty notes. Good.
marcus (5888) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. This opaque brown ale poured with a fluffy tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a slightly thin roasted malt flavor with some coffee notes.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with some hints of coffee in the aftertaste.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Alembic. A decent porter. I don’t know if it’s quite "one step away from being a stout" though, unless that step is a big step in fullness of palate. Black color with a medium tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts and coffee. Hops apparent. Flavor is roasty with a coffee taste that lingers at the end. Medium palate, maybe a little thinner than I’d like.