Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
Picked up while stocking up on Wisconsin locals during the Great Taste of the Midwest I felt in the mood for a change of pace. With the temperatures beginning to drop it was time to thin the herd of porters and stouts. An easy target given their reputation and word of mouth I dug it out of the cellar. Check this beer out if you like well crafted under the radar releases.
Aroma / Appearance - The oily black body and filmy legs were tied together by a tan mocha head. Charcoal, black coffee, and semi dark chocolate are the main features. The overall impression is rich, dense, and heavy.
Flavor / Palate - Beginning with a dry malty first impression the beer transforms into a mix of overdone toast, raw coffee beans, and burnt charcoal. The carbonated mouthfeel seeks every edge of the palate. Initially hidden the alcohol does make itself known by the end. Even so I don’t think it would be too much of a chore if this came in a larger format.
phaleslu (6554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by someone at the Tuesday Night Beer Showcase. Never heard of it, never heard of Oso, never heard of Plover. This was a blind spot for me. Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a slight red tint and a small beige ring for a head. Aroma of roasted malts, toasted sugar, oats, lactose, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts, dark pit fruits, lactose, pumpernickel, coffee, and chocolate. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, roasty mouthfeel. Could have fooled me into thinking this is a stout and not a porter.
rubbishystuff (1850) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dad for this. Slightly coffee burnt chocolate porter. Malty and medium complexity. Serving:Bottle
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, caramel, smoked meat, light coffee and light roast. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of dark berries and lactose. Overall body is moderate and finishes with light bitterness.
JoePeesie (860) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A slightly below average porter. Pours a jet black with little to no head. It is a dry porter. If you can get a single it’s worth picking up. In a 6 pack I might think twice.
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DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.
JK (4475) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavily roasted, too much really. Aroma of a dry stout with grain. Flavor is bitter, with grain, but a very light tartness that works. High abv for a porter, but it is not present in the aroma or flavor. Good, thick palate.
TheAlum (5721) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from the Wisco/Minny trip. Getting there still.. Pours a dark roasty blackish brown hue, ruby edges and bottom that let a decent glowing light through. A small offwhite head dies to a film and eventually a very small lacing ring. Aromas are touches of roasty malts and coffee, cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, some anise shows up in the nose. Some caramel and biscuits A touch of nail polish remover from somewhere. Strange. Initial is medium bodied preaching sufficient roast, coffee, and cocoa. Vinous elements show up on the palate with touches of anise, some sweeter malts show up beneath. But the roast seems to take the cake here, with a healthy roastiness, some dark fruit, coffee. Medium bodied, with a touch of creaminess to the body. Could use some more carbonation, with a growing roast and toast, a faint spice growing on the palate. An odd beer with some good going in there. I like the flavors, but balance seems a bit off overall. Sweet crystal and cocoa malts provide a decent layer of depth with roastiness and coffee. Maybe a hint of black olive, but nowhere near as offensive as many beers in the style get. Solid, but thoroughly average. Lacks good head, appearance, balance. Flavors are ok. Smells good enough.
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found this quite enjoyable. Whatever comments might be offered about its rich chocolate, what I found most surprising was the deep fruity notes that resonated for a long time. Interesting and while not especially subtle, it has its own kind of complexity. Bottle.
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle- ahh Night Train- one of my favourite GnR tunes and fortified wines.. pours a tar black with next to no head, some tan lacing. Stewed fruit, raisins, light roast. Taste- powdered and bittersweet chocolate, anise and more light roast. A big porter but well balanced. Thicker than average mouthfeel- more stout like. Decent