MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I popped the tall boy can open and poured it into my pint glass. It arrives a mostly black color with some brown hues in there. A big, thick light brown head sits on top and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
The nose is faint but you can pick up roasted malts and hints of caramel.
The taste starts off with a surprising hop bite then goes to the roasted malts. Some hints of cocoa, caramel and vanilla in there too. Then it finishes with another hit of the hop bitterness. Medium in body.
Holdwine (1065) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking porter. Certainly quaffable as these guys bring more product to market. If they can keep this quality, they should be fine. Lots of rich maltiness-coffee, dark chocolate, bready. Hops are an afterthought. But that is fine.
johnnnniee (1957) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I walked by and saw these 16oz cans of porter sitting on the display I just couldn’t resist taking them home with me. Like my daughters at the pet store, only I had the money in my pocket to make the purchase.
Pours a pretty solid dark brown/black color with a big fluffy tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Oh my god there is actually roast in the aroma. Lots of coffee and hint of chocolate on the nose with a slightly tart fruitiness in there as well. Taste is sweet up front with that acridic dark roasted malt flavor. Coffee roast dominates the taste with some distant tart fruit and wet dog in there. Finishes like a coffee coolada from Dunkins, sweet with a lingering coffee bitterness. Creamy bordering on bitter in the mouth, medium level of carbonation and body. I really wasn’t expecting much from this, but I was pleasantly surprised. Reminds me a bit of a dry Irish stout. This certainly isn’t going to rock your world but is a nice drinker. I might just have to put this in the rotation every now and again.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can thanks to mattolesh. Pours with a black body and a small tan head that slowly fades. Aromas are fruity, estery, toffee, light chocolate, roasty, low hop notes. Flavors are roasty, peanutshells, chocolate, earthy, soil, coffee, esters and a bit acrid. Lively carbonation. Cola notes. Thin.
pacond (187) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasty beer lots of roasted chocolate malt flavors. Surprisingly good and quite a bargain.
HonusWagner (1156) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ummm, this is actually good, what the hell. Smells quite pleasant, roast and chocolate. A bit sweet, roasty, slight cocoa in the taste. Great creamy mouthfeel. Really solid, and great value.
Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Seemingly opaque black with hint of red along the edge. Initially forms a huge, foamy/soapy tan head, but it dissipates almost completely and leaves only minor lacing on the glass.
Smell: Very unaromatic with a slight dairy scent often found in porters and stouts. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
Taste: Porters are usually mild, but mild shouldn’t be confused with neutral-tasting, as is the case of this beer. I put this beer in my mouth and there isn’t much for my taste buds to grasp on to. I get roasted malt and smoky bitterness on the first few swigs from the head, but the body of the beer itself is mild to the extreme (and yes, I’m aware that’s an oxymoron). If I really pay attention I do get the standard porter flavors, but they are very weak. As it warms I get a slight coffee flavor and accompanying bitterness, but that’s about it. Where’s the chocolate and the roasted malts? It also begins to emit an ever-so-faint sour tang in the aftertaste, but it’s easily ignored and tolerated.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slightly higher viscosity than most American porters. Tepid, velvety and soft. Slight bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability: An ideal session beer as the comforting mouthfeel and mild palate go hand-in-hand in making for a beer you want to drink rather than chug. The 7% ABV is well masked, as this drinks like a much smaller beer.
Overall, a decent porter whose drinkability makes up for its underwhelming palate.
rocbyter (1854) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet malt aroma. Very Dark amber color with a large brown head. Sweet taste throughout with a light bitter middle.
tgncc (2618) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is earthy, light manure, roasted coffee. The appearance is deep brown, billowy tan head, if you didn’t know better you would think this is a Nitro can. The flavor is much more chocolate, honey (?), some rosted coffee, better than the aroma. Medium in body, a tad thin for a porter. The finish is light resiny hops, roasty. I wonder if the dry hopping isn’t producing the odd aroma. Not bad at all, though. Especially for the $1 I paid for it at Trader Joe’s.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: black with burnt browns and a khaki head. Swirls decent with some sticky lace and clumps of foam.
Nose: lightly roasted character with cocoa notes. Pumpernickel crackers. Dried prunes and dried black cherries, pits included.
Palate: clean roasted character rides the middle road. Burnt wood and some ash along with brittle dark cacao in the back. Prunes and black root in front and underneath; starts meaty then turns roasty.
Final Thoughts: not too shabby for Gansett. A good beach or fishing or lounging by the pool beer when you want something good that requires little thinking.