I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little watery but a nice yeasty/hoppy finish. Lasting aftertaste and thin head. Another great beer from Maine.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Maine Coast...Tap room, BH, ME
rich, smooth start, slight bitters on the finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
shrubber85 (10528) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2007
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Growler. Sour milk and cola aroma. Dark opaque brown with small head. Sour/green banana or orange peel flavor - very astringent with only a light hint of malt to finish. Think something was wrong with this one - little porter character in the flavor. Will have to try again someday.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub. Interesting; certainly a porter, but not as roasted. Instead it was sweeter, with heavy notes of chocolate of doughy malt. Decent, but I only wanted a 10oz and they gave me (and charged me) for a 22.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Leathery black with one really cool looking cap on it. Looks like a dollop of vanilla malt shake was placed on top. Nicely placed lacing in fluffy sheets with a few moth holes in em.
Aroma is thick of char and ash. And that’s about it. Dry and ashy. Whoa is it ever. Wow. A bit much and a bit weird. And so it goes...
Why cook out when you can drink the stuff right off your grill. Cuz that’s what this stuff tastes like. Definately smokey, ashy, charred, smokey, everything that has been fired up on the grill; corn cobs, steak, old iron, and blackened/burnt juices from various food items placed on the grill. Now with that said, it is definately not the norm for a porter, at least that I know of. This is a stretch on the interpretation of the style if there ever was one. No real balance as its all smoke, ash, and char. Interestingly unique, and a tad much, with lots of complicated smokey stuff going on. I would imagine a forest fire fighter might know some of these flavors more then I, but to me this is nearly like walking into a huge pit of ash and burnt stuff scraped from the grill.
Feel is a tang of ash and smoke within a dryish, ashtray-like medium-light body with no real fashion or care to making the flavors any more interesting then they already are.
One bizarre, smoke filled porter. Not something that can be enjoyed fully. Strangely capativating, yet not. If ya like stuff charred, this might be just the thing for ya.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured black with a huge tan head. Very rasty aroma with notes of coffee. The flavor was roasty and sweet with coffee and a light tartness. Some earthy notes and even some plastic.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2006
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Any first impressions?
-Inordinately large foam bobs atop the browned black.
-The horror! Iodine-based shoe wax is not what I look for in my porter aromas.
-Roastiness battles the rising iodine, and its deep wounds are inappropriately covered in wet Band-Aids.
-The large, frothy bubbling and lean maltiness could have been passable, if not for the rampant technical problems.
What if you dig deeper?
-Roasty bitterness and wooden hops are mroe than bothered by the surging iodine.
-Yeast problem, you say? Ha!
-Alright, my gag reflex is about to take control, so I’m done here.
-Better luck next time; this shouldn’t be on the shelves.
Bottle; no date.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 23, 2006
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
(Bottle from the brewery) Cap opens with a very strong pffffffftt! Pours a dark cola brown with a huge tan head that eventually recedes to a soft foamy cap. Aroma is vinegar-like sour, plasticy and Band-Aid. Some spotty lacing. Mouthfeel: inconsequential because this is totally undrinkable. A sour, infected bottle of dark brown vinegar. This ratng was based on 2 bottles - both the same. Really outrageous they charge $9 or so a 6-pack for this. I will be notifying them FWIW.
jimhilt (2551) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a tan, two-finger head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee/smokey nose. Starts slightly sweet but mainly roasted coffee. Smokey/tobacco finish. $1.83 for a 12oz bottle from Maine Coast Brewery Bar Harbor, Me. And FWIW Eden was the old name of Bar Harbor until about 1870.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear dark brown color with a thick frothy light brown head. Unpleasant sour aroma. Roasty flavor with unpleasant sourness.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at the brewery on the 4th and this was a pretty good beer. Probably the best that Maine Coast makes. Aroma is malty and coffee. As is flavor. Not too dominated by any one flavor, this is pretty well done.