PorterPounder (4610) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 750 ml cage corked bottle - labeled as "Naval College Old Porter". Dark brown pour leaning to black with a thick khaki colored head that leaves spots of lacing. Enticing aroma with some strong earthy black potting soil, a hint of coffee and just a touch of chocolate. Flavor is full bodied and rich. Plenty of dark bittersweet chocolate, day old black coffee, a touch of licorice. Mouthfeel is dry and chalky....but in a good way. Very solid porter.
Chuckaduck (490) - Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 5/6/2013. Pours translucent dark brown with a fluffy, creamy light brown head. Aroma is roast malts, chocolate, creamy, wood, come chalkiness, a touch of peat. Taste is very nice; slightly sweet, dark fruits and berries, dark chocolate, touch of smoke; nice long dark chocolate finish. Light lacing. Creamy, light bodied mouth feel. Medium carbonation; nice aromatics. Overall, pretty great. Nice flavors, color. Really enjoyed this.
wlajwl (2893) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is unique smoked malts, coffee and a hint of fruit. The flavor is smoked/oak aged malts, coffee, fruit, notes of earthiness and a mix of tartness and acidity in the finish.
brian60625 (609) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle divided among five people. Lots of peat-smoked barley and scotch in the aroma, licorice, earth, and toffee too. Appearance is black hue liquid, medium viscosity and beige foam on top, lingering suds and a small amount of lacing. Taste is big on peat, roasted wood, rye, scotch, malt driven, pretty sweet, assertive abv that would probably do well to settle down in the cellar for a couple years. Palate is medium to thick, low carbonation, laid back mouthfeel due in part to the smoky character. Overall I liked the boggy soil and fired-swamp peat, barley with rye liquor mix. Itís a solid and unusual porter.
popery (1119) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fairly dark brown. Looks black from the side view of my full glass, but color is evident when looking down into the beer. I canít see any cloudiness, but itís hard to tell. Smallish light brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is a mix of caramel, cocoa, roast and a complex barrel character. The base beer is rich and full of toasty and roasty malt flavors. Thereís a big coffee note on a sweet background of gooey caramel and treacle. The scotch barrel is strong and carries a punch of wood, smoke, brine and booze. Iíve tried a couple Octomore expressions and enjoy that peaty beast of a whisky, but your mileage may vary on this beer if youíre not a fan of Islay peat. The brine and smoke are just lovely. Itís a shame that more beers donít get to see scotch barrels. The beer tastes similarly. Lots of roast, peat smoke, coffee, brine, molasses, and chocolate. It also adds in some dark malt fruitiness. The barrel comes through clearly and helps to dry out the sweeter side of the beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Low-ish carbonation, though pretty normal for a strong porter, particularly an English one. Lingering aftertaste of coffee, cocoa and peat. Very nice beer. Meantime is an excellent brewer, and itís great to find a both a good strong English porter and a good scotch-barrel aged beer. Over time, I imagine the barrel flavor would recede a bit and more of those fruity dark malt flavors would come out.
Travlr (7975) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Colemanís pub in Charleston, South Carolina, holy cow, great surprise. Dark maroon color, small beige head. Nice roasty aroma with coffee grounds and bitter cicia. Taste is plums and figs dipped in espresso. Nice.
BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Naval College Porter. On tap. Pours with a clear brown hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are of massive tobacco, brown malt, earthy, roasty, brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, and light esters. Flavors are roasty, sweet, woody, smokey, earthy, nutty, leather, tobacco and damp leaves. Medium carbonation, nutty, roasty and dry. Feels slightly disjointed.
joshwoodward (217) - - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Solid Porter style, with a great balancing hoppiness. Not too heavy. Very nice.
nick76 (4077) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is very nice with toasted malt, coffee, wood, and chocolate. The appearance is light brown with a small tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a burnt finish. The palate is average. Overall an average beer at best.
Palidor19 (2727) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is an average beer with a nice combination of of dark malt and a bit of background coffee. Highly carbonated with a scrubbing flavor. Decent
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BlackIPA (713) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a viscous dark brown/black with an enormous tan head. Aromas of some dark fruit, some roast, slight hazelnut, oak. Taste is similar - stone fruits, peaty smokiness, wood. Slightly roasty but more mellow that an impy stout. Alcohol is completely hidden. Jesus, this beer is truly a world class Baltic porter. Very nicely done.