BillKismet (3163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid, easy-drinking, inoffensive porter suitable for beer geeks and swill drinkers alike. In make-up, it is similar to a black and tan style beer. Pours a dark brown body with ok head. Easy coffee and light chocolate nose. Smooth, lightly roasted barley flavor with a balanced finish. A mellow porter.
wlminter (15) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small head. This one surprised me; Anheuser Busch managed to make a good beer. It tastes like a real porter, if a bit bland. All the elements are there: roasted malts, smoothness, chocolatey finish. A great beer for the price.
Oscbert (938) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Aroma of roasty, chocolate malts, nuts, and a toasty breadiness.
~Dark brown opaque color with ruby highlights. Small off white head with good retention.
~Moderate strong roasted chocolate flavor, with mild coffee, nuts, and some caramel.
~Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation. Roasty finish. Some astringency.
~ Tasty porter. Well made. If it had a different name I’m sure it would get a better rating....
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma of mild roast coffee. Amber body with tan head. Mild flavors of chcolate, coffee and roast. Easy on the palate not bad by all means.
drumdude73 (19) - Ames, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I can’t help but think a lot of the comments on this beer are negative because this one comes from AB. If some of these reviews were done with a "blind taste-test", I bet this beer would score higher. Nutty flavor with chocolate tones and good aroma, with a nice finish. I was pretty impresed with this one from AB! Good job!
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2009
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a redish brown with a very thin head. Slight aromas of chocolate and brown sugar. Watered down flavor and a very thin body. Not good at all.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
aromas of sherry and wet cardboard mingle with better roasty cocoa aromas. the oxidized malts are more present on the tongue. slightly spritzy. overall: not recommended.
SHANER4 (438) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle 12oz. - Pored dark brown with thin tan head that faded quickly.
Aroma - roasted chocolate malt and mild coffee scent.
Flavor - Mild chocolate and hazelnut taste. Boring and pretty much what I expected from AB.
Palate - Light/medium bodied beer with below average carbonation. Has roasted malt finish with little aftertaste.
Overall - Drinkable porter with not alot going on. Its ok for any yuppie thinking they’re cool because they are drinking a dark beer, but to any real dark beer drinker this is just subpar!!!!
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. The beer pours the expected deep brown color with a light tan head. Aromas of roasted malt come through in the nose; to a lesser extent than such classics as Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, but still respectable. There was also a slight medium crystal malt character. The palate shows more roasted character, along with some balancing bitterness. Overall, an unflawed, but unexciting porter.
Onslow (1016) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark pour from 12 oz bottle. Dark. Very dark. Listening closely I hear wheezy breathing and the sounds of machines… A deep voice whispers. “Onslow… Come to the DARK SIDE…” Criminy, all wanted was a beer that didn’t suck. I didn’t think I was putting myself at risk of becoming some macro-brew zombie, wandering the earth the eat the flesh of the pure, true, elect and golden micro brew swillers….
Ok - got that out of my system - pleasant dark brew. Aroma of toasted malt. Sweet and toasted malts (both) at the start of the swallow, slightly sweet, a reasonable smack of hoppy bitterness on the back of the end at the very end of the swallow, modulated by the somewhat sweet malts. Not bad. Not distinctive for a porter. The way I see it, though, is that I can pull into almost any backwater gas station C-Store and walk out with this or some other Michelob product. They may not be the best of the genre but at least you can walk out of the store with something that does not suck.