Chudwick (2438) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle - pours black with nice tan foam and good lacing. Very odorous! Nose is caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is roasted coffee, candy sugar and old-timer candy. taste is sweet with an underlying bitterness. For a porter, I expected a more roasty flavor and bitter-er taste. I love this! Easy to drink, lots of flavor, balanced.. Itís likes a candy made for old people that makes them nostalgic every time. I like the fact I donít have to rationalize why I like it: I just do.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a dangerously smooth and drinkable beer. A very enticing blend of two great beers from this brewery. Rich tasting and warming with a nice hint of spiciness from the hops. Cool label also.
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good beer whatever style it is or itís being called. Poured with a great, foamy, frothy, thick, tan head that lasts and lace. Color is a clear to almost opaque very dark brown. Aroma is a clean roast, malt, toffee, cocoa. Flavor is like aroma plus bittersweetness stands out. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of medium length. And leaves me with a wish for another swallow. Session beer.
J_man (790) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really interesting aroma of wort coming off this. Smells like homebrew! Nice tan head on a dark brown with an orange tinge (although it appears black before you hold it up to a light). Interesting taste of iron followed by a roasted, woody flavor along with coffee, dark chocolate and butterscotch notes. The hops are there to balance the sweetness, but theyíre in the background. Itís actually a fairly thin beer and resembles a traditional porter. Goes down smooth and invites another sip!
fr0ztbyte (12) - - AUG 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very smooth Black & Tan type beer. Very easy to drink with a great roasted after taste. The flavor isnít typical of blended beers but, it retains interest. Also, a nutty aroma thatís pleasing even to girls. Happy International Beer Day!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very impressive on the pour with its thick blanket of beige foam and dark reddish plum colored body. In spite of the deep color and thickness of the body, the benefits of bottle conditioning are evident with good signs of carbonation. The nose is deep and predominantly malty giving me reminders of the fig rolls I used to eat as a kid. The complexity of two ales is more than evident with roasted malt, coffee, caramel, pale malts, as well as a deep berry and plum-like fruitiness. There are good signs of the Pacific and European hops that need a little persuasion to get out from behind the malt but once released show a fine herbal aroma. You get a good feel of the blend on the palate. The smooth, heavy foamy stout like character combines well with the overflowing drinkability of the lighter ale. The carbonation is very light, but the most impressive part is a wonderful smooth creamy silkiness. The flavors also benefit from the impressive complexity of the two brews. There’s the initial roasted coffee and creamy flavors, a touch of caramel and a burnt alcohol warmth towards the end. There’s also some refreshing cassis like fruitiness in the middle, while a tangy hop bitterness makes for a well-balanced finish. The tangy hop lingers well into the aftertaste but there’s also a comforting smoothness thrown in as well as a little roasted coffee like dryness.
Iím not a fan of Black & Tan in the bottle but the mix of complexity and drinkability were great in this one.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
perfect looking nice and dark with a fat tan head, nice sweet chocolate coffee aroma, the taste was good nicely mixed and bottled black and tan, the only downfall i saw here was the fact that i dont like Eye of the Hawk very well and that was the ending flavor, EotH also made the palate a little watery, definitely a good beer and idea
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very interesting, and damn good! I think itís under-rated here by a long shot. I donít think it belongs in the "Ale" catagory, but I have no idea where else to put it.
Pour is like a Porter; very dark, a bit of a head that goes away quickly.
Aroma comes from the Stout; coffee and dark fruits.
Flavor is dark fruits only lighter, if that makes sense, coffee and a bit of chocolate.
Palate has a nice mineral feel to it which is nice, and itís thin like a Porter yet more full than an Ale. Overall, this is an excellent blend of two styles I usually avoid which made something excellent. This is *definately* worth seeking out.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just came in to my regular store. Big head and a nice smooth texture. No overwhelmingly strong flavors. I thought of as a well balance Porter which happens to be a style I enjoy. This not one of those "Big" beers that everyone seems to overate here but a good solid brew.
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Poured dark, almost black wth a long lasting off-white head. Very rich, stout-like, with a silky smooth palate. Camel and chocolate flavors. You can taste the hops in the background. Very nice. An amazing blend. I will drink this again. Sure wish it was on tap around here someplace.