Tmoney99 (11590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft sample at MBGF Summer08. Poured clear black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium roasted chocolate flavor with medium bittersweet finish of short to moderate duration. Average drinkable beer.
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.
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub: This beer pours a not-quite-opaque black color with a thin beige head that recedes steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma of coffee and malt, with touches of chocolate. Medium, dry body with a nice roasted coffee character. Notes of dark malt and chocolate are present too. The finish is moderately bitter coffee and hops. Decent overall.
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.
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2008 MiBGF: Looks just like the other porter, deep brown and small head. The nose is how you can tell the difference with no vanilla here. Instead the walnut and chocolate malt notes show up more along with some grassy hops, minty esters and a dirty yeast vapour. The taste is basic malts and some twangy fruit undertones. Short depth of palate with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors. The mouth feel is soft and weak. Forgettable beer sadly.
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: The aroma consists of nice blend of dark chocolate and cocoa mixed with some roasted and espresso. It’s a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is a good amount of thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate cocoa and a touch of dark chocolate. There is a faint fruitiness in the background. The finish has light-moderate espresso, light roast, and a touch of sweet vanilla. It’s light-medium bodied with mild carbonation.
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).
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.
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub
If I were to have chosen a single beer to try while visiting this might have been it. For a lighter sessionable porter it balances flavor and mildness well. Once again this proves that you don’t have to go big (or sour) to create something noteworthy.
Aroma / Appearance - Rusty brown fluid rests idly below an ivory head. Coffee, malt, baker’s chocolate, and a trace of smokiness feel like sitting down to breakfast in a 24 hour diner.
Flavor / Palate - Malt and coffee drive a rough mouthfeel that feels a bit gritty like a bowl of oatmeal. With solid depth the result is a beer that is not forgettable but also not over the top. A full growler and a couple of hours would be the perfect combination for a lazy evening around the house.
tectactoe (2952) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: deep brown, opaque at the center with some translucency at the edges, topped off with a small, khaki colored collar. The aroma is quite roasty with some sweet cocoa shavings & a light coffee bean essence hidden somewhere in the back. Taste is smooth with mild notes of roasted malts, nuts, woodsiness, & a hint of sweet coffee & cocoa hitting the back of the tongue. Finishes with a touch of bitterness. Overall very drinkable, good stuff.