b3shine (5424) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to half-pint glass. Looks decent; way too much head though. A hazy dark brown with foamy beige head that dominates the glass. Smells of dark malt and bitter roast. Tastes like it smells with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Unbalanced.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Ashley. Dark pour with a light tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roast. Taste is thin, chocolate, watery, and stuff.
LilBeerDoctor (3450) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, a touch of vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate malt, vanilla, sweet malt. Quite sweet, decent flavor, palate is a touch thin.
sbanach (222) - Alabama, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very well balanced. Hops come through, thicker then most porters, I really liked this one. Chocolate, vanilla, and hints of coffee come through on the finish. Would seek this one out!
maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose has some roastiness in there with some definite smokiness, very much like a peaty scotch. Taste is actually a touch sweet up front, with some toasting in there as well. Decently drinkable.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Nearly black, moderate sudsy tannish head, fairly heavy, sparce lacing.   Soft roastiness, chocolate, slight ash, and some prune like aromas.   Very smooth on the tongue, roastiness is mild, maltiness is
good, with a background of aged dark pitted fruit.   I held onto this for a while, and it turned out fairly tasty.   Has a very slight tart prune aspect in the back, along with soft coffee and chocolate notes.   May have been
a robust Porter to start, but now its smooth, flavorful, and probably fading.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Hops are gone, but the smooth malt background is good enough for me.   Smells more complex than it tastes, but
thats okay.   Yeah, its like one of those old London Porters in that it has a slight sour or tart prune like tinge to it.   Very enjoyable.
Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle
Hiding in the back of the fridge I found this little bottle. Not wanting to go with anything heavy for the time being I gave it a shot. I would have plenty of time for that in Baltimore a few days later with a visit to Max’s Tap House. I discovered why this is a so-so release. Pick one up on sale but there are better six packs in the Indianapolis area.
Aroma / Appearance - The brownish base had a brackish nature (not due to sediment but just the general color). A ring of sandy brown head tried to provide interest but the nose brought it crashing back to earth. With a combination of coffee, diet soda, and malt it was overly saccharine. Mellow and smooth, I found myself thinking "where is the rest of this?"
Flavor / Palate - The fluid mouthfeel is a bit on the soft side. Burned chocolate bars, ash, and black coffee range from somewhat engaging to downright boring. This is easy drinking but not because it is flavorful. It just lacks enough flavor to really require more than a few sips to get a handle on. In fact by the end it takes on a syruppy nature. If you can only try a handful of central Indiana beers there are many other things to pick up instead.
bluejacket74 (1316) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a 1/4 inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is light, it smells like roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Good thing the taste is stronger compared to the aroma. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and burnt/charred malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, it’s certainly worth a try. $1.99 a single.
Chuckaduck (645) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 4/11/13. Pours opaque brown-black with a fluffy, bubbly beige head. Aroma is fruity, pineapple, earth , grass, chocolate; quite a bit of pineapple. Taste is dry; fruity, chocolate, nutty, earthy, bread. Fun, simple. Some nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Chewy. Enjoyed this more than I thought I might.
queenholly (2920) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Fruity prune and chocolate malt aroma. Blackish brown with an excessively large, creamy tan head head. Chocolate malt and roasty flavor. Medium body, lively carbonation. Just a tad too carbonated.