DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown that letís plenty of light through. Flavors and nose consist of light coffee and milk chocolate. Not a complex beer but very clean, smooth, and sessionable.
CanIHave4Beers (2757) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Durhambeer! Pours a deep reddish brown with a medium head and some lace. The aroma is nutty with nice vanilla tones, lightly roasty, with just lots of malty goodness. The flavor is very roasty with some burnt ashy toast lingering in the background throughout. The beer is nutty and plenty fruity with a good deal of chocolate and bitter both from roastiness and moderate hoppiness. Slightly sweet but certainly not cloying. A very nice porter indeed.
devilben02 (252) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep chocolate brown with a thick tan, fluffy head. The aroma is clean but earthy, with notes of coffee and milk, along with a kind of mineral quality. The flavor is a little bitter and earthy in a not-entirely-pleasant way at first, with a taste of dry grain husks. As the beer warms, though, it smooths out nicely, and notes of nicely roasted malts and bittersweet milk chocolate come through. The medium-bodied texture is decent, but it seems a little under-carbonated Overall, it is a solid, smooth porter with some nice flavors, but something seems to be missing.
wedgie9 (1661) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 1/4/11 from a 12oz bottle sent to me in a trade. Pours a very dark, almost opaque amber with a thin beige head that recedes to a decent collar. The nose is very roasted with some vanilla, nuttiness, and dough yeast. The flavor is roasted and nutty throughout, with light hints of vanilla and cocoa nibs, and a bitter roasted finish. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter roasted and faint vanilla finish.
NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottled in October 2010, purchased at Bruisiní. Pours pretty dark with some ruby highlights. A small ring of tan head forms. The aroma is chocolaty with nice oat goodness. Very light hints at dark roasted coffee are also apparent. The flavor is not super heavy, but there is plenty of bittersweet roastiness and oat smoothness to entertain my palate. Dark chocolate flavors are also pleasant. Itís a really solid, middle-of-the-road example of the style. I fail to understand the score of 65.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer out of the bottle with a foamy beige head. Nose of roasted grains, puffed wheat and caramel sweetness. Soft mouthfeel. Flavors of burnt grains and dark caramel with some chocolate and sweetened coffee as it warmed. Long, roasted grain finish with a subtle hop bitterness. Very tastey beer.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Murky brown pour, decent lace and nice tan head. Not much aroma. Medium mouth feel. Bland flavor, a little bitterness at the end. Not a great example of the style in my opinion.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from City Beverage in Winston-Salem. Pours much more brown than I was expecting with a foamy 2 finger tan head. Aroma has roasted malts, with nuttiness, chocolate and coffee. Flavor was earthy, with malt - roasty, nutty and chocolatey. Much thinner than I was expecting for this style - I thought it was a very tasty brew but must admit that Brown Ale was more what my brain was telling me when I was drinking this even though I was reading Oatmeal Porter on the label.
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City. Dark brown cola-like pour with a creamy khaki head. Nice chocolatey roasted malt aroma with hints of smoke and very light floral hops. Really nice, robust flavor of coffee and chocolate with very light hops on the finish. Well balanced, smooth, and sessionable at 5.5%. A very nicely done porter.
chandler0201 (632) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with a tan head at pour. Aroma has roasted malts, nutty, coffee hints. Flavor had hints of chocolate but was rather watery for the style.