rollingwood (87) - Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 64 OZ growler, mailed Wednesday from NY State cracked Friday in Maryland. Poured with a 1/2 inch head the color of wet sand. The head quickly dissipated into lace. The liquor was clear but quite dark; it more resembled a stout than a porter, frankly. The aroma was sweet and chocolate (a word that I’m about to repeat). The attack AND finish were curiously similar, both chocolatey, but the attack begins as sweeter chocolate on the tip of the tongue and finishes with the bittering hops showing itself. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. I’m told this is not available in bottles, nor in Maryland, which is a shame, as it stands up to the best sweet porters I’ve drunk. And at 5.5 ABV, you can have more than one. We did. . .
napdynmite (67) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious and drinkable. Just the right level of bitterness. Cocoa and mild coffee with a solid hop backbone.
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Bee Hive. Roasty wood, coffee, and chocolate nose. Black with lace. Dry and roasty flavor, light and crisp. Well done, rather light, not so special be good.
realjb29 (27) - olean, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic aroma of bitter dark chocolate, coffee and slightly smoky. Pours in accordance to style dark with a nice tan creamy head. Taste is complex with rich bitter chocolate notes, coffee, and burnt sugar, roasty smokey matly flavor and carries a more complex hop bill than the typical porter notes pine and spicy hop bitterness that pairs with the dark chocolate for an amazing ale. Definitely, a bitter/sweet interpretation of this style...I love it! It feels nice on the palate moderate weight with great flavor complexity that is not to rich to session. Hats off to NAKED DOVE! I even was able to sample this one right out of the Tank!!
MacBoost (1425) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick brown/black with a tan head. Huge aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, some floral hops. Taste is thick bitter chocolate, roast, ashtray (which I love) and bitter hops. Pretty fucken good. Really good.
jsquire (3641) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 Dark beer with a lasting, sticky tan head. Nice roasted grain nose. Rich malty flavors with burnt toast, roasted grains, some fruit notes and a dark caramel molasses sweetness. Very nice porter.
kdunaske (2) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Flaherty’s in Macedon. Dark, almost black in color with a cream colored head. Beer was thick and rich tasting. Smooth in the mouth with a roasted chocolate malt taste. Definitely one of the best porters I’ve had.
Ron (2826) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at the new bar on the RIT campus, park point area. A nice standard dark pour. Some chocolate and alot of roast. Reminded me more of an English porter. I had a Rohrbach’s porter just before this which I prefer more.
jb (2372) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Anchor Bar downtown. Great stuff. Dark, heavy looking, thick head. Nose big on roasted/toasted notes along with coffee. Palate was oily rich and smooth, and at times seemed like a chocolate milkshake. This was really well done and should be a standby beer for me in Rochester.
shadey (1962) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Red Dove Brewmaster’s Brunch. This was my favorite of the bunch. A very dark black color with a light tan head of cream. The aroma lets me know that this is a roasty porter as opposed to a chocolaty one. The flavors are well-blended roasted malts and bitter American hops. The body and mouthfeel a big, without huge alcohol. I wanted to chug this one.