Dfonorow (1349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with a foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, nuts, caramel, and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor a bit hop forward and transitions nicely into a chocolate and roast finish. Noticeable wheat and oatmeal in the body. Alcohol is hidden well.
bubbleflubber (1783) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a nicely put-together brew in this package. Pours black with a huge eggshell head that leaves frothy, exuberant lacing. The nose has tons of chocolate, lightly roasted malt, a hint of dark fruity esters in there. It’s like a Christmas package you know you’re going to love when you open it, but don’t exactly know what’s coming. The flavors are so purely integrated, with a nice touch of vinous notes, hints at chocolate and spent roasts. Some sweetness upfront, with a very nice textured hopped back palate to finish with some character. The velvety mouthfeel is delightful and provides the smoothest, soft quaff available yet. Rich and luxurious, this porter proves you can give complexity and substance in a delicate, silky-soft delivery. What an awesome beer.
beerfest5 (1136) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love that MBC doesn’t just hide behind their hoppy ales that have garnered them so much attention, but instead show off their brewing expertise with something like this. A truly chewy robust porter in the vein of Founders Porter. Thick and chocolate milk like pour into the tulip glass. Roasted wheat is on top of even the hop notes, which are considerable. Some dark chocolate and balanced resin hops in the flavor. Finish is as good as they make. Wonderful.
Scipio (682) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep, dark brown with a full khaki head. The aroma has chocolate and coffee as the dominant impressions, to go along with roasted malts and mild licorice. The taste is big on dark chocolate that is complimented with licorice and slight raisin. Coffee is found underneath. The aftertaste is dark chocolate, that while not really heavy, stays with you for awhile. This one is medium in body. It has a smooth, creamy texture, with little carbonation. This is very good. I can’t really find anything that really jumps out at you. But everything in here is just done very well. Solid.
ejh8 (65) - - JAN 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delicious porter that is deceiving from its smell and taste. The smell bleeds that stale pale ale flavor but the taste is a rich chocolate flavored stout. Very good.
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jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with big, foamy, tan head, good lacing / Toasty nose of coffee, caramel, chocolate , dark fruit / Medium to full body, chewy, moderately sweet but with beautiful, hoppy balance, and good bitterness on finish / Mellow, smooth flavors of prune, plum, caramel, dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, chalk, grass / As good as porter gets.
AWISLguy (1178) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle from Art of Beer. Pours a very dark brown with garnet hues and a bit of a foamy tan head leaving light lace. Aroma has bakers chocolate, caramel, espresso and roasty malts. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, some coffee, black patent malts and oatmeal. Medium to full bodied, and somewhat ashy. Finishes bitter with some length and some smoothness, with an underlying sweetness that stops it from being over the edge. This was very nice. Began very strong choco/oatmeal stout-y, and then became more ashy rough. Alcohol not very present or I’d say imperial porter. Solid with a lot of flavors and depth.
Concealer (737) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown with a frothy tan head that lasts and laces. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, light coffee, and oats. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, oats, caramel, light coffee and some light spice and citrus notes from hops. Medium bodied, slightly dry and bitter finish with a lingering roasted malt and chocolate flavor.
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maine Beer Company always nails it. Always, always, always. This brewery only puts out beer if they know it’s excellent.
sloth (2452) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
large tan head with good retention and lotsa clingy lace. Black in color. Nose is soft with licorice and roast. Body is med/full, oily on the palate with a soft carbonation. Faded roast and chocolate flavors, slight caramel notes and faint smoke and coffee grinds. Slightly sweet finish is earthy and long. Bottle dated 12.30.12 Guess i need a fresher sample?