J_man (618) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Wow. I just had a beer with a sour flavor that didnít belong and then I opened this one. The sourness is strong in the aroma but absolutely assaults the tongue on the first sip. What is this? Thereís some semblance of porter here, but itís hard to detect behind the overwhelming sourness. Yuck. Drain pour.
adnielsen (7555) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap @ Old World. Pours a dark brown appearance with a brown head. A bit nutty, chocolate, light coffee aroma. A bit fruity, rich dark chocolate, light caramel, toffee flavor. Best here but not that good.
chuktuk44 (5) - - FEB 2, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A well balanced porter, nicely roasted character with hints of chocolate and hazelnut, clean finish.
Jow (1663) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at the huge bar across from Diamondbacks Stadium. Pours jet black with purplish head. Tastes of cola, oak, vanilla, chocolate, bitter coffee, and licorice. Nice carbonation and finish
Sublym (78) - Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok, heres the deal. I have almost givin up on this brewery several times. The bottled beer is awful, flat, old, ect., ect. They have bottling/carbonation issues for sure. If you drink the beers off of the tap at the brewery the beers are pretty good. I will only drink their beer at the brewery from now on.
NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint at the brewery. First of all, I find it unreal that this is scored a 20 on this site. I guess they must have real bottling issues. It may have helped that I drank it fresh at the brewery, but I found this to be one of the very best Arizona-brewed beers I tried. Itís a near black beer with a very sturday head. The aroma is rich with enough chocolate and coffee and a good, sharp hop presence for some balance. The palate is not as heavy as some other porters, but solid enough and slick. There are flavors of dark chocolate, pine, coffee and meat. This is an excellent porter.
DMLINAZ (236) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A 22 ounce bottle pours into a chilled stout glass with a rich, deep black hue but completely flat with no head. (I tried the remainder in a stemmed glass and got the same flat effect.) Aroma is very light, with coffee and malt. The taste is somewhat subdued, with rich coffee underneath, with little flavor up front and slightly more at the back end. Thereís a tiny bit of chocolate. The label says thereís "just a touch of evil," but as ports go, this is rather tame and understated. Not bad, but not inspiring or especially either. Thereís slightly more aroma and increased chocolate as it warms, but not much. I didnít get any of the sourness, cherry, or vinegar that I read about in other reviews. Iíd think Iíd gotten an atypical or old bottle but I bought it at a Whole Foods in Tempe (just outside Phoenix, where itís brewed) and drank it the same day.
CanIHave4Beers (2756) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
State week month, week 1 Oct 2nd - 8th. State: Arizona.
Muchas Gracias to dcschiller for sending me all these AZ beers facilitating my drinking/rating this week! Cheers Dave!
The beer pours a deep, dark, almost black color with a medium sized head and some lace.
The beer smells very woody, oaky, and vinous. There is a light coffee aroma too.
The flavor has some apparent flavor form the dark malts, some coffee and chocolate, but most notably the molasses. All of this however is eclipsed by the dominant sour cherry flavor, a flavor that is so present in this beer that despite the commercial description I almost refuse to believe it is wholly unintentional. At times it gets a tad vinegary in the finish but that character is fairly fleeting. The finish is bitter, almost astringent even.
This is one odd beer, but itís not all-together un-enjoyable.
beeronmypants (22) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There is a roasty nose and sweet maltiness. Very little head that diminishes quickly. Very sharp on the tongue, very cherry sour taste and finishing flavor of a roasty malt and bitter hops. After the initial shock of the cherry sourness this beer grew on me. Thanks bcschiller.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours a nice murky dark chocolate Ė mahogany with weak mocha head. The aroma has a bit of red wine like tartness right form the start. As it breaths I get bakerís chocolate and faint raspberries. The taste is rich with very dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, tart bakerís chocolate and clumpy damp earthiness. In the background are mild fruity berry notes with just a smidge of roasted malt astringency. The primary notes are yummy and overshadow the bit of off berry tartness. It gets nice and burnt malts into the finish.