ReggieDunlap (3030) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 kind of dark but looks a bit like a very dark brown ale rather than a porter. head is light tan...average retention and minimal lacing. aroma is very malty...sweet and syrupy of caramel and roasted malts but very muddled. flavor is also overly sweet and lacks balance...has an odd chalkiness and is a touch sour but not old. mouthfeel is average but the finish is mildly unpleasant. i could do without having this one again.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of grandet. Pours deep dark brown with garnet edges and one minute tan head. The aroma is caramel laced with a bit of earthiness along with moderately roasted malts, grapes and plums. Enjoyable flavor bringing forth roasted malts eventually leading to dry burnt malts with milder notes of earthiness, caramel and faint dark fruitiness. It really dries out with highly roasted malts and mild dusty earthiness into the finish. After a few ounces it tends to end increasingly roasty to burnt.
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle shared. Aromas were weak difficult to pick up. Flavors were touches of malty sweetness, but with an overshadow of cardboard and bandage that really killed this for us.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is full of dark chocolate, black patent malts, some roasty aromas as well. Its appearance is dark almost black with a big initial white head that dissipates into a thin slice of head. It’s flavor is full of dark malts, very well roasted, with some molasses, and some dark chocolate. It’s very velvety, with a nice burnt toast bite.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured clear iced tea brown with a tall, fluffy cap of beige head.. sticky lacing followed it down. The aroma picked up dry-roasted sweeter chocolates upfront with caramel, a bit of coffee, and a touch of perplexing detergent following.. OK overall. The flavor had a bit more coffee than chocolate at the core surrounded by wet, grainy sourness and some coffee bitterness.. dried out on the finish, leaving a grainy, refreshing feel. Medium-bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation on the palate.. aside from some odd features, this felt fairly good mouthfeel-wise.
Brewbie (453) - New York, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. I like porters and I like scotch ale, so I figured this had to be a winner. dark ruby color with a huge foam head. light fruit and coffee aroma. sweet malt and fruit with a very dry finish. tasty
Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from the Middle Ages mixpack, interesting name for a Scotch ale which is what the bottle said but apparently it’s a porter. Anyway the taste is a sweet, rich malt, some chocolate. Some fruit in the finish. very good would buy again
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler fresh from the brewery. Brown, red in direct light with a tan and quickly fading head. Soft roasted malts and nuts in the nose, as well as a nicely rounded fruity sweetness. Coffee and plums. Taste is slightly lactic sourness up front, fading to a pleasing grassy note. Then the malts take over: coffee and burnt chocolate malts, some toasted nuts as well. Lots of roast and, again, a simple and slight sweet dark fruit element. Finish is slight, with burnt malt bitterness predominant but no off-putting graininess. Palate is nicely effervescent at the top and fades to a pleasing creaminess as it moves in the mouth - could be slightly thicker overall. Very nice balance between sweet and roasted.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma has hints of light smoke and brazil nuts. More light smoke in the flavor with a nutty finish. Not bad.
clueo (148) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great appearance and nice head upon pour. The smell is a bit like coffee and the taste is a nice bitter earthy flavor.