dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown pour, little transparency and very little head. Aroma was a tad sour with hints of chocolate. Flavor held slight fruity qualities, mostly sourness prevailed. I donít know if it was a bad batch or not, but I was a little confused by this one.
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Deep caramel, ruby hued, moderate head, foamy, light beige, spotty lacing.   Not that dark for a Porter.   Perhaps because this is an "English Porter"?   Sweet vinegar/wine like aroma, muted roasted malts behind that.   Interesting.   Very wine like up front, slight vinegar, a little sweet and fruity, definite woodiness.   Whats odd is the Porter, as I am so used to, is very subtle.   I am actually liking this more than you average Porter.   Tart, slightly fruity, a little vinegar or wine like sourness, with very subtle smoked/roasted malts on the backside.   Very smooth, body and mouthfeel being fairly moderate.   Yeah, I was thinking I would skip this beer tonight, but glad I did not!
fiulijn (14381) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
RBESG 2010, Grand Tasting, bottle
Dark amber color. Breadish and chocolatey aroma. Breadish caramel aroma, with light chocolate, vanilla, sourness. Nothing special.
undsioux7 (796) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown/black with a small off white head. Aroma is strong sour wine with some roasted malts. A nice oaky aroma is present also. Taste is pretty much the same. The mix of porter and sour didnít really work for me. The oakyness was nice though.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottles from the brewery. drink this soon, some bottles are starting to turn downhill a bit. so i just couldnít imagine that a sour porter would be all that good. sounds like someone trying to be a bit too creative but i was dead wrong. beautiful beer, amber brown with a light brown head, very small bubbles about two fingers high. begins very smooth and then the flavors explode on the middle of your tongue- English malts are balanced by tart sourness that is quite present but not puckering, has a bit of a tobacco taste. tangy and acidic finish that lingers and continues to develop. awesome beer. some of them are tasting more like a tart brown than a sour porter, which is not a bad thing but doesnít have the beauty and complexity of this beer at its prime. if you have some, DRINK IT.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a dark brown with little head. There is light tan carbonation, but fades quickly and has poor lacing.
The aroma is super strong and very malty. I get a little vinegar, toffee, roasted coffee and a little bourbon. Very complex and balanced.
The taste starts very sweet vanilla and toffee, then its very tart, and finishes a little bitter. The taste is crazy unique and complex, very surprising. Its very tart.
The feel is very light and watery.
Drinkability is strained by the uniquness, because its good but very strange.
Think of this beer as a sour chocolate bar. Very interesting and 5.0 on the unique scale.
adnielsen (9025) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in Iowa City hotel room. Red-violet appearance with an off white head. Roasty brown malty, slightly nutty aroma with a little hazelnut. Tart, roasty, hazelnut, dark brown malty flavor. Thereís a touch of smokiness in the flavor also. Roasty, nutty, and sour- what a weird combination of flavors! Interesting but quite strange.
Strykzone (4912) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at The Stableís Beer Loverís Anonymous. This was my favorite beer of the event. So very interesting. It looks nothing like a modern day porter and is clear medium brown. A funky blotchy head. Sour aroma is vinegar, in a porter?! It has chocolate stuff going on along side of sour vinegar funky stuff. Truly a throwback from a previous century.
johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Received in trade from Davolebomb, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a deep garnet color with great highlights when held to light, smallish off white head dissipate to eventually form a cap on top. First whiffs tell me this one is different, more of a historical brew and reading the label confirms this. Smells very vinous with hints of vinegar, sweet lightly fruity malt, very little roast or chocolate left in this one. At close to two years old this one is not very porter like anymore. Taste is like dark bread mixed with vinegar and hints of sherry. Light smoke in the finish, but very little porter left here. Creamy tart and sour in the mouthfeel, medium body and level of carbonation. Certainly different, hard to call this one a porter, hard to judge this one. I enjoyed this oud bruin, I guess Iíll rate it that way.
jrob21 (2532) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An unusual tartness and slight cherr flavor dominate here. Very unplugged in that respect and not so much a classic porter if that is what you are looking for or expecting. Although it looks like many of the reviews reference that already. It does have a little chocolate on the back end as well as a bittersweet finish. Those are the things bringing it back to the porter realm of the universe though.