madvike (2372) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - The pour is the best thing about this beer. Itís dark black with a frothy brown head. Sexy. Smell is all over the place: cocoa, meat, smoke, lactose, cinammon, and a little roasted malt. Youíve got to get your nose all the way in there, but itís all there. The taste is hard to pin down. Itís roasted malt and lactic, with a whiskey finish that gets real hot and bitter--almost burnt. The finish just isnít very balanced and seems off. It does seem to mellow out as it gets warmer, but that off-balance is still there. Decent mouthfeel, but itís a little thin and thereís too much carbonation. I wasnít expecting much, so this was a nice surprise.
Narnad (1372) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown/black color with light ruby hints in the light and a frothy, tan head. Aroma has a light chocolate, stronger coffee and dark roast bitterness, lightly sweet molasses and prune with some caramel maltiness hidden away in there as well. Flavor starts off with a black malt and coffee bitter bite with a chocolate and prune middle and ends with a slight acidic bite. The flavors are very smoothly blended in a moderate density beer. Overall a pretty good pretty good porter and one that fits the classic porter style very well.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2009 Bottle. Wife got a six pick so had to drink a couple or send it home. Good chocolate aroma on the nose. Black body with tan head. Thick body texture witha cramy chocolate flavor and a touch of mild sweet carbination in the mix. Good brew had a couple.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle brought to me by Hophead22.. Pours black with a tan head..Smells of coffee and chocolate..Dry coffee taste. Very smooth.
SHANER4 (438) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle - Poured dark brown with ruby edges and a thick frothy tan head. Froth clings on glass as you drink..cool!!!
Aroma - smokey coffee/chocolate scent. The rich coffee aroma is quite soothing and it makes it hard to pull my nose away from glass.
Flavor - Nice suddle mix of chocolate malt and rich coffee/expresso. I also tasted a touch of molasses in finish.
Palate - light/medium mouthfeel with creamy smooth texture. Finish is slightly bitter and has very little aftertaste.
Overall - One of the better Porters Iíve had. Pretty simple brew but very easy to drink and would try again if given the chance!
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a creamy cap of oaky head.. looked quite nice. The aroma picked up sweeter caramel and darker chocolates along with molasses.. earthy and lesser piney hoppage accented. The flavor found rather rich semi-sweet chocolates at the core.. again, molasses was the other dominant malty component.. earthy bitterness and lactic sourness around.. finished with nice balance between the elements. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the palate.. a little tacky on the back-end.. bitterness and sourness were complementary.. this was intriguing, and I would have another.
brewmaster55 (48) - , Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Hilltop in Stevens Point, WI. A good standard Porter, though a little on the sweet side. Middle of the road on the rating scale, have had better, have had much worse Porters.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color with a moderate, fizzy sounding, but rather stable light tan head. A chocolate caramel, with just a hint of mocha aroma. Sweet but quite pleasant enough. Not nearly as sweet in the mouth. A light mocha start that dries out throughout. Flavors of caramel, dark cocoa, and roasted malts. Finish and linger go to a bitter, fairly acidic coffee. Hints of lactose. Even though there is a bit of charred ash in the linger, it seems to invite the next sip. Interesting brew.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Dark pour with very little light shining through. Dark chocolate aroma, roasty malts as well. Dark roast flavor, some coffee and chocolate in there too, a little bitter in the finish.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a quickly dissolving off white head and some lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with dark roasted malt, fruit (apples and pears) and light floral. Flavor is dark malt and fruity with some coffee as well. Thin mouthfeel for the style. Finish is medium with semi-sweet fruit. By far the best of the Oso beers I have had, I am tentative to try more.