smm (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
011813 bottle date
Pours a nice rich dark brown with a frothy milk chocolate head.
Aroma is mostly chocolate with a toasty char, a bit of residual sweetness.
Damn this is a smooth silky porter.. Big chocolate with a bit of roast, medium bodied with low carbonation. Finishes suuuper mellow and creamy, slightly dry and a hint of lingering roast but it doesn’t bomb out your palate.
Always happy to pick up some Maine Beer when I’m on the coast, I would be reaching for this as my go-to porter if it landed in MN.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A creamy and hoppy porter with a bit of many things. Good.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed fresh a little more than one month after bottling date.
The look: Near black body topped by a large tan head with medium retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is relatively hoppy (for the style) with pine-tree & wood resin almost dominating the burnt toasts and coffee. Taste is burnt black cake, molasses, vanilla, tree sap, some baked dark fruits, some fresh tobacco. A solid woody/coniferous bitterness that doesn’t go overboard, this is a well balanced beer. Body is thick and somewhat oily giving a motor-oil sensation. I really can’t find anything wrong with this beer (it is a Main Brewery beer after all) but yet the whole thing just didn’t win me over like most Maine Brewery beers do, it was “only good”. Overall, a good beer from this fine brewery who give back a portion of their sales to environmental groups around the world, these guys make me feel guilty for all the water I have wasted pretending to wash my hands after going to the washroom because there are people around.
SlovakSniper (3905) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une bière embouteillée le 18-01-2013. Une robe qui fait le style. Un col qui s’impose et qui reste figé. Au nez, quelques notes vertes et résineuses qui secouent une base maltée caramélisée et chocolatée. Au goût, des saveurs de café qui se greffent à du chocolat, du caramel et à des notes rôties. Un caractère houblonné qui me semble ici plus effacé. Une impression en bouche bien confortable. Un pétillement plutôt bas et une texture passablement riche. Une finale amère de grains rôtis avec des petites notes terreuses et un murmure d’acidité.
argo0 (12124) - Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle. Large tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, some roast, grapefruit/earthy, light coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, some earthy/grapefruit, coffee/roast. Medium body, light acidity, goes down quickly. IMO, this borders on an imperial porter.
rodenbach99 (3579) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 1pinte 9 onze. Born on 01/18/13. Liquide brun foncée avec une belle mousse brune. Le nez complexe offre des effluves de café, de chocolat et de houblon herbeux. La bouche est passablement amère. Les houblons sont bien présents. La finale sue le chocolat est superbe. Merci Patrick pour cette trouvaille.
NachlamSie (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Katbird’s Wine. Bottled on Jan 18, 2013. Pours a dark brown, near black. Aroma is rich with notes of wafers, chocolate, pine, espresso. Very well balanced flavor with hops coming out, but not taking away from the malt body. Good coffee type notes with a dark chocolate finish. This is a very good, strong American porter.
bp (823) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a thick, frothy tan head, aroma of coffee and chocolate, taste is chocolate, malty, dry finish, very nice porter
TATE (370) - Lubec, Maine, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Thirsty Dawg. I was a little concerned as the bottle was about 6 months old but it was still great. Pours black with a thick tan head. Caramel and chocolate aroma is subtle. The mouthfeel is great, very creamy. Taste of chocolate malt with a bit of smokiness and pretty big bitterness at the end that lingers a bit which would be the only thing I would change. This is a great porter.
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Spirits Berkely. Poured a good looking medium density dark black with a large frothy beige head that leaves gobs of lace all over my Weyerbacher tulip. Aroma was a bit subdued, or my nose is a bit more stuffy then I thought, dark toast, burnt vanilla extract, marshmellow, and a hint of old burnt coffee beans. Medium to lighter mouthfeel with stronger carbonation and a hop bitter harsh finish. Flavor is nice with lots of roastiness, burnt malts, dark chocolate, vanilla extract, cold espresso beans. Nicely done porter.
mansquito (4118) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whole Foods, Bowery 50cl ($8): Pours blackish with a brownish head. Aroma is chocolate, artisanal coffee, roasted malt, and a few other things that I can’t quite place. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, something that resembles tea (yeah never really had that in a porter before), some minor sweetness, and some sort of piny hop bitterness. An interesting and well made porter.