rondphoto (3964) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque black/brown color with an off-white head and streaks of lace. The taste is oily caramel/chocolate roasted malt with a hint of smoke. The flavor gives way to small bittering near the finish, but the sweeter taste lingers far into the finish. Decent porter, but a little heavy. Not one that cleanses and refreshes.
johnnnniee (3735) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Strange brew, comes to the table a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish creamy off white head that doesn’t last very long. Smells of chocolate and caramel with hints of roast and earthy hop. The flavor is toffee caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate, with hints of roast and earthy pungent hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice simple porter, certainly nothing that’s going to rock your world, but a nice drinker just the same.
zvikar (4129) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 20, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Pours black to brown with a beige head, aroma of nuts, some smoke, milk chocolate, flavor of malt, chocolate, bizarre sourness, relatively watery.
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Nice looking pour, solid black with a mocha head. Taste and smell are pretty standard for a porter, roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Slightly herbal hops on the finish. Creamy body. Overall, this was a very good representative of the style, nothing bad, but nothing special or different.
Derek881 (1247) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a dark brown/black color with a dark ruby hue along with a small creamy-foamy off-white head with low retention, and modest lacing and cling. Its aroma had a roasty chocolate and coffee malt complex with notes of earthy and grainy hops, along with some oat and caramel tones. Its taste was sweet roasty chocolate with light coffee and some bitter grainy and earthy notes along with a touch of oats. It was a fairly wet beer, and was a touch watery with a creamy body, featuring average carbonation with a touch of fizz and a dry finish with a somewhat chalky aftertaste.
kerenmk (4032) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks zvikar. Pours dark brown with a dark tan wave. Deep roasty aroma with some wood. Tastes sweet and roastish. Light body, soft carbonation.
PhatB420 (837) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz into a pint, color is dark midnight, black magic marker. Taste is malty, roasty, dark choco, mixed nuts, grainy granola, and sweet sugared molasses. Head is tiny and leaves an inconsisten ring round the glass. Body is full, mouthfeel is dry and sweet. Name fits the beer, as one can picture either enjoying one near a stovepipe or in a stovepipe. Nice VT brew.
Handypaul (422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with a small light brown head that disappears quickly. Kinda light on the aroma side with hints at best of grass and hay. The taste is also rather light for its’ style with a light to medium bitterness. Again, rather thin palate for a porter with average carbonation, medium body and a dry finish. Though it’s brewed just down the road from where I live, you might think that I’d rate it higher, it is just not that good.
DSG (11469) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks zvikar. Very dark to black with a very light brown head. Roasty aroma of coffee beans and some dark chocolate. Bittersweet roasty flavor with coffee and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
samsmith33 (772) - - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour. Decent head. Coffee nose. Crisp carbonation. Hickory, chocolate. A bit of unpleasantness, almost vinegar-like; but decent flavor.