hayduke (3545) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Brewpub in Novato, this draft poured came a very dark brown with a nice foamy tan head and lots of lacing. Nose of rich chocolate and a whiff of coffee. Medium body and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of roasted malts with the chocolate and coffee. Long bitter finish. Good, easy drinking porter. Goes down easy.
ChainGangGuy (4474) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle - $5.55 at Ale Yeah! in Decatur, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body (straight up black if in a poorly lit area) with a finger’s worth of buff-hued head that recedes fairly quickly.
Smell: Darkly toasted bread, espresso powder, and a good portion of cocoa. Hint of activated charcoal and dark fruits as well.
Taste: Malty tastes of roasty-toned coffee and bittersweet chocolate morsels binded with unsweetened chocolate and a touch of fire-charred bread crust and powderized licorice. Low level of sweetness. A bit of tannic prune skin. Earthy undertones. Moderately bitter. Chalky, minerally quality to it. Lightly acidic. Roasty, mineral-hinted finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: Not bad. A smooth, relatively engaging robust porter.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full bodied, smooth porter. The flavor is a sweet mix of coffee, cherries, grapes, and chocolate. A bit of bready stickiness in the aftertaste.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bomber bottle at the Rake on 15 January 2011. Attractive near black colour with a generous, and lasting, tan head. Some chocolate and touches of licorice. Mainly butterscotch though - big in the aroma and persisting onto the palate, although less dominant there. Ended up drinkable but I think there must have been something not quite right with this bottle. Not a cheap bottle at that. Disappointing. Flagged for re-rate.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The words "flavors of espresso, coffee malt, and bittersweet chocolate" give you a clue as to how hearty and robust this porter really is. Enjoying this in my brand new, nifty, shiny English pint glass. It has a fine, medium-brown head with a pretty dark body. I wouldn’t say completely black, as you can see a light trace of brown in it. One thing’s for certain, this beer looks dense and malty. The head itself looks pretty dense and almost pancakey. Aroma is very striking initially. Not your everyday roastred malt aroma - the bitterness of the chocolate is really unique and enveloping, with only a hint of espresso peeking through. The bitterness of this beer definitely does not come from any hops! It has an almost creamy edge in the nose. It smells a little like chocolate cookie dough. Once the mouth, this turns into one of those very easy beers to drink (I would never have guessed from the aroma). Dense, the body almost reminds of of a cask-conditioned or nitro-powered brew. Only a little creamy in the mouth, though. The coolness of this beer almost makes you feel like you’re getting gipped on flavor, but at only 5% ABV, I wouldn’t let this warm up too much if you want more of a peek into the beer’s qualities. The only things that are apparent in the flavor are light-roasted malt with that same bitter chocolate character as experienced in the aroma, but not quite that heavy. A very, very smooth beer, dense and extremely silky. Finishes a little bitter, but not as bitter as expected. A very easy porter to drink - for such a dense beer sometimes you don’t want such a strong flavor palate. Heavy beer + heavy flavor = too much. Being heavy, thick and dense, Chelse Moylan’s Porter has a light flavor, making it easier to stomach the weight of this beer. Personally, I’m a fan of the more flavorful styles of porters, but considering how dense this is I’m pretty pleased with what flavors they managed to throw into the mix. I’d definitely drink this sitting down at a pub somewhere, especially in cold weather. Not high alcohol, but it feels extremely traditional, especially when consumed using the right glass.
Leighton (13022) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home with Drew and Lyoli. Pours dark brown with a medium, creamy beige head. Rich, medium roast aroma with aroma featuring chocolate, mocha-like syrup. Flavor is medium sweet, has some mild caramel and chocolate, lightly burnt wood, faint bitterness. Medium in body with fine, creamy carbonation. Dries out somewhat in the finish with some brown sugar, mild roastiness, faint tar and cocoa. Very good.
after4ever (6470) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Pours jet black with a dense, creamy, surging, lightly sudsy dark tan head. Dense sheeting lace. Beautiful to see. Big roasty coffee bittersweet chocolatey nose. Creamy medium body with subdued carb. Bittersweet, toasty, roasty, acrid, chalky, dried out mid palate. The coffee seems to be a major contributing downfall here, with the chocolate not far behind. They also offer big boosts to the flavor and aroma, but they simultaneously detract. Shame.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with light brown head. Aromas of coffee with a slight tinge of hops. Flavor is hoppier than your average porter as well, which in this case was a good thing. Slightly sweet - quite drinkable.
Strykzone (5280) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An exceptionally big head is also noisy. A finger worth is retained for a while. Quite dark with only a bit of red. A big aroma of coffee, chocolate, funk, and some smoke. The flavor profile is much like the aroma but with some dark fruit. There is a sourness that was very steady. A nice creamy feel. This is a nice sessionable beer.
harrisoni (14508) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at The Rake. Very dark brown. Big lasting tan head. Big liquorice and butter. Some dark fruits but really buttery. Just not good