lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was surprisingly awesome. A light brown-red color with a thin light tan head. The nose is sour vinegar, roasted malt. Taste is nutty, some chocolate and caramel, roasted malt, then a finish of sour vinegar.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color, with a hint of garnet when held to the light. Modest beige head. Aromas of lightly roasted malt, molasses, hints of smoke and slightly acetic. Initial toasted malt flavor is commandeered by oak and cherry pit sourness. The roasted malt returns in the finish. Fairly dry in the linger, but toasted malt, and a light sour bite make this a quenching mix. I could see how this would satisfy the porters of the day. I find this rather addicting. A working man brew.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Subdued carbonation produces a small light tan head. Aroma is of wet wood and stewed sour cherries. Reminds me a lot of Galeís Old Ale. The flavor is more tart than I expected, having the same profile as their Enigma. Otherwise thereís the same soggy wood element alongside a darker wheat bread malt. Finishes with tart cherry and bread.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
Again thanks to noncaloric for zipping a few bottles of this my way. I was interested as soon as I read the description and the result was no letdown. Much more sour than your typical porter this is a beer that makes a statement from start to finish.
Aroma / Appearance - The flat reddish brown body created a nice head but not so much carbonation as to be distracting. Coffee, caramel, and wood come out of the strongly tart blend.
Flavor / Palate - Tasting like a blend of Enigma and porter it packs a nice whallop that shocks the senses without being overwhelming. Almost like caramel popcorn that has been soaked in a bath of Dr Pepper the sweetness and tartness make it different than modern porters. I canít wait to open another bottle.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle picked up directly from the brewery.... dark caramel and cherry brown pour, some fizziness, with a thin soapy white head..... aroma of chocolate/cocoa, a bit of roast, and finishes of on a tart sour cherry note.... tartness was a little more upfront than i was anticipating but i think i kind of dig it. sharp sour cherry acidity greets the mouth and more of the typical porter qualities surface shortly there afterwards. reminds me of a lighter madrugada obscura with more of the emphasis on the sour....anyone else get that?
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brownish-amber color with a thin creamy off-white head which lingers for a while and leaves some streaks of lacing. Aroma is honey mustard, liquid smoke, and some sour lactic acid. Taste is very different. It is very sour up front, then moves on to some smokey, chocolate, and cardboard taste, which finishes clean and very dry. Iím sure it captures the old style well, but it is something to get used to. Not sure how I feel about it. If it didnít finish so dry, it may have been more up my alley. Thanks for sharing, bro!
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich brown color with medium light tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is of smoke, sweet coarse grain mustard, light chocolate, some nuttiness and some sourness. Taste is light chocolate, intense acidness, .... Finish is intense sourness and it dominates everything. Iím sure this is a good interpretation of an older style porter. And Iím sure Dan hit his mark, but for me, well, it just isnít something Iíd ever want to drink or buy again. Sorry.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with slightly ruby tint and light tan head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, roast malt, leather, funk, and a little chocolate. Kinda made me nervous to taste this one. But luckily I did. Flavor is very acidic up front with nice sweet and malty character. Citrusy notes mixed with oak and chocolate. Itís such an odd combination of flavors, yet somehow works so well together. After the first drink, I wasnít sure. After the second, I thought, "This isnít too bad.". After the next few, I was sold. Another great creation from NG.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught during Great Taste of Midwest 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a dark reddish brown colored brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates to an off-white head with some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate malt, a hint of honey, roasted nuts, smoked oak, and a hint of toffee. Taste is medium bodied, semi-tart with flavors of roasted and smoked dark malt, chocolate, tart berries and a hint of Merlot. Finish has a quick sharp bitterness and than a lingering tart berry aftertaste. A first sour porter Iíve tried. Itíll make the sour heads happy.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange-amber color. The head was light tan. Smelled of dark caramel with light notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Light to medium bodied with mild to moderate acidity that was opposed by some delicate sweetness. Tasted of tart cherry, toffee, and a bit of chocolate. There was also a hint of red wine. Interesting beer.