strongpieman (1574) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 Draft. Aroma and appearance had my hopes high for this being a great porter. Palate was a little thin and the taste was too light, not really enough there. Drinkable but not one I would choose from this very good brewer.
11/26/11 Growler: Enjoyed the second time much more. Body was medium, nice taste - mild but flavorful. Very good porter.
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
all the tap beers i had tonight tasted like blah. this one was blah, not to a disappointing degree! not too bad
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured on tap into a pint glass. Standard dark brown porter color. It looked a bit thin and tastes thin. Also very standard coffee and chocolate taste. It did have a bit of bitter hop kick at the end. Kind of plain but very drinkable.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served on draft at the Michigan Summer Beerfest, 2010, as part of RBSG festivities. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Malty and fruity aroma with nutty notes as well as toffee and apple. The taste is caramel, stone fruits, faint nuts and hops. Bitter finish. Medium bodied.
kassner (1397) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
While the IPA was great the porter is just a little thin, still good but just a little thin, color dark amber and enoigh smoke
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
5th Annual MBG Winter Beer Festival, Grand Rapids. Murky dark brown body, thin cream head. Coffee, toasty nose. Dry, slightly tangy body with coffee and roasted malt. Mediocre.
JaBier (5160) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at OG. Black pour with a thick tan nitro head. Roasted malt and coffee in the aroma with a bit of that undesirable metallic nitro character, but not too much. Roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate and a creamy coffee finish that’s a tad thinner than I would have liked. Still a decent brew though, and probably the best they had this evening (no Vanilla Java Porter).
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the 09 MBG Summerfest. Very dark brown pour with some mahogany highlights and a thin tan head. This had tons of super rich coffee roast with some nice notes of cocoa powder and brown sugar and a bitter coffee finish. The body is creamy and full with soft carbonation.
deyholla (7588) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ashley’s. Poured black with a full brown head. Aroma consisted of smokey dark malts, quite one note. Flavor matches the aroma quite well with a smokey dark flavor, though again not too complex.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, opaque with creamy tan head. Aroma is light roast with dry coffee, very light. Flavor is coffee, espresso, chocolate, some smoke dry. Medium and light carbonation. A bone dry smoked porter.