Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Always excited to see this one return to my local shop. Grabbed a sixer and was on my way. Drank the first 5 over the last week and saved the last one for a proper review.
Poured into a pint glass, and this one pours beautifully. A deep dark black with a bit of light on the edges. Perfect 1-inch mocha head on top that retained perfectly throughout the drink. After each sip, a sticky ring of lace stuck to the glass. I had to take a picture when all was said and done as I’ve never seen such perfect lace rings on my glass. A rare perfect 5 for this one.
The aroma is of chocolate powder, dry grainy bread, a little alcohol. Sweet dark fruit aroma noted as well. The body is a little hefty, but still slick enough for my liking to sip straight from the can. Not too filling. Chocolate flavors abound, semi-sweet and rich. Dry cardboard like flavor, husk, a tiny bit of ethanol noted as well. Good roasted character on this one. Light char on the finish.
All-in-all, this is a great Porter, and one of the best from a can, no doubt!
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Nice roasted malt, plums, chocolate, toasted dark bread. I think this is quite a good porter.
jgb9348 (5097) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich deep brown coloured body with a ruby and violet glow at the bottom with a rich, thick, five centimetre tall rich milky brown head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt, nuts, peanut butter, chocolate, bread, cherries and some subdued lactic notes. Medium-bodied; Rich chocolate flavour with a big malt presence, some nuts and earthiness, a little hop bitterness and a slight metallic and medicinal note at the end. Aftertaste is relatively mild with the malt and nutty flavours coming through the most and a good milky finish showing a good depth, if not much complexity. Overall, a fairly respectable porter, not a great one, but drinkable and the can is nice for many occassions. I sampled this 50 cL can purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 13-July-2013 for US$2.00 sampled at home after returning from New York a day earlier, on 04-November-2013.
pras (532) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this last night at Ventnor in DC. I was expecting this to suck, but it was a really good porter. Nearly pitch black. Aroma of roastiness and chocolate. Flavor much the same. Went down smooth and easy. Good body, good head retention. What’s not to like.
chinchill (3012) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This porter is clear but nearly black and nearly opaque, with a long lasting tan head. Excellent lacing.
Aroma: lightly fruity with the expected medium and dark malts.
Taste: wow! this has a lot of flavor, and very good flavor. Lightly sweet, with plenty of medium and dark roasted malts.
O: very surpised at the quality and ’size’ of this beer. Very nice porter; recommended.
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz can from Spirits Berkley. Poured an okay looking pitch black solid body with a larger foamy beige head that leaves two fingers of solid head. Aroma is on the flat/dull side and takes several deep inhales to really get what’s going on. Notes of sweet chocolate, burnt toast, old coffee, sugary plum and prunes and even a touch of bubblegum. Medium fuller body with average carbonation and a full chewy finish with some burnt malts that linger. Flavor is sweet, super sweet dark chocolate and dark fruits, some burnt toast and burnt tea leaves. The sweetness on this one is a bit surprising and needs to be toned down.
BillWyce (841) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes: Poured deep, opaque nut brown, almost black. Thick, creamy 3-finger tan head. Nutty, roasty aroma, maybe with a touch of chocolate. Medium body, lightly oily. Chocolatey flavor with a nutty note beneath.
pianotu (67) - USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nicely balanced--lots of coffee and nutty notes with lingering sweetness.
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luttonm (3291) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in NYC. Medium brown pour. Middle of the road, tasty porter. Lots of cola and some sourness.
emacgee (4377) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clean ruby copper pour with a thin tan head. Nose is weird, diacetyl and oxidized. Papery, kind of like a dry stout. Good bit of diacetyl in the flavor with a heavy papery/oxidized component.
Imaena (2083) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can and Draught. This is another Gansett experiment that was interesting but does not warrant repeating.