nearbeer (4609) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 330 ml, bb 25-01-09. Translucent dark brown with a large, creamy and lasting head. Nice crunchy lace. Cocoa, coffee, charred wood and smoke aroma. Flavor is similar to aroma, with some milk chocolate, earthy, and sourish notes as well toward the finish. Palate is light-medium, smooth and a tad watery. Great session porter.
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Awesome bottle. Pours fairly light compared to most porter, but I understand that this is more of a brown porter than robust (or normal, these days), so the appearance is that of typical brown ale, which is fine enough. The nose so exceedingly rich with bright coffee notes, some greenish vegetal coffee notes as well as some roasty espresso notes as well. I don’t get much of the porter, honestly, underneath this heap of coffee. Flavor is uncomplicated and light, with some malty, bready notes hidden beneath - again - huge, bright coffee. This is probably one of the most pure coffee beers I’ve had, outside of some massive imperial stout. Pretty good, but I really couldn’t see drinking much of this.
emacgee (4548) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with ruby notes. The head is medium light tan and fizzy. Sweet caramel aroma, earthy notes, not too much coffee. The flavor is sweet, a bit smokey, caramel, java, earthy, light alcohol. Nice coffee taste, different from other coffee beers. Smooth and cool palate. I enjoyed this, maybe not 3 dollars enjoyed it though.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color was an amber/dark brown. The head was light beige, and creamy. The aroma was strong coffee malt and roasty. The flavor was dark roast coffee. The palate was lively. The finish was roasty.
TBone (15510) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 Bottled@SBWF 2007
Pale nut brown, almost opaque, creamy beige head. Light coffee and milk in the nose. It is roasted but more than coffeish this is tasting like dark chocolate. Not far from their chocolate beer, but not as sweet as it is. (7/4/7/3/14)
Re-rated, bottle (BB 09/2010)
Dark nut brown color, small brown head. Ashy, tobacco and coffee nose. Tobacco, expresso and some dark chocolate in the flavor. (7/4/7/3/14 3.5)
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear mahogany brown with a loose, thin tan head. Lots of coffee in the aroma with subtle chocolate, sweet caramel malt, and touches of vanilla and berry fruit. Strong coffee flavor as well with some roasted malt and malt sweetness. Light, somewhat watery body with considerable effervescence that coes across as a bit thin.
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Short bottle. Smells like a Costa Rican coffee that I recently had. It’s a nut brown like color. Flavor is nice, smooth and smokey. Texture is not as chewy as other porters. Not overbearing on the palate, quite smooth actually. Good tasty beer and one I would buy again.
eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Short bottle, 330ml? Pour was a light brown color, not a lot of cloudiness, lighter looking than I anticipated, head was small, lacing not impressive. Aroma was nice coffee over slight toffee, a touch of bitter astringency suspected. Yet, the flavor bursted through smoothly, gently, nicely, and improved until the very last sip, a wonderfully flavored porter, so inviting for the warmer evening I consumed this on in the Fall, not thick and heavy coffee imperial stout like, just smooth, moderately bodied, lactic coffee flavors, silky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation to stimulate the taste buds, a light grass hop zip (ever so slight) to keep this thing almost refreshing.... well, as refreshing as a nice cup of coffee could be anyway. Chocolate, very light roast, and toasted nuts support the main coffee flavors. Superb!
Suttree (5844) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great coffee aroma, and the flavor is like coffee and cream, or perhaps coffee and ice cream float. Or a mocha milkshake. Something like that. I enjoyed this one. Bottle at The Bier Garden, Asheville.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (330ml). From Waitrose. Deep, clear, ruby-brown with a huge fluffy tan lasting head. Wonderful dry roast malt aroma, coffee beans, cocoa, soft herbal hops - really, really smooth. Taste - wow - tastes like a Coffee Crisp bar, and I’m not saying more - really good. Average body, a little oily and slick, very roasty, slightly dry, crisp and quick-finishing - molasses and coffee/chocolate.