Darkmagus82 (1828) - - JUN 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-17-12 -
Served on cask at the brewpub in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer was served a deep brown color with a small tan head. The head faded rather fast giving very little lacing.
Smell – The nose is quite light. There are hints of raosty malt with a very light coffee and chocolate aroma.
Taste – The taste was of roasted malt up front. A dark bread mixed with a very light amount of roasted coffee and chocolate. There is a light sweetness of brown sugar and a very small amount of vanilla in the beginning and the middle of the taste. The flavors bitter more toward the end at the expense of the sweet, and leave a somewhat roasty and somewhat bitter flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – A nice creamy body with a lighter level of carbonation. Very classic for a cask with some accentuation of the body. The creaminess complements the roasty flavors quite nicely.
Overall – It was worth a try, but one I would likely not go back to any time soon. It had a very nice mouthfeel, but was pretty average in every other category.
eweber9 (2) - - SEP 21, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well balanced good color, head retention. Flavor was moderate at beginning but fell off towards the end.
SudsMcDuff (5944) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on CasK @ Otto’s brewpub, in State College,PA - if you can find it.. . light casky mouth .. deep roast .. slick aftertaste .. . a perfect session brew but still, could be fuller- put this beer on nitro!! .. . . nothing but a few butterfly bandages won’t fix..
DiarmaidBHK (3578) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at brewpub. Pours black with a slow settling khaki head which leaves a fair amount of lacing in the glass. Nice malt and molasses on the nose. Mouthfeel is a bit thin as is the taste. Finishes clean. Solid but not as awesome as I’d hoped.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on cask this beer poured a very dark brown color - almost black with a medium sized creamy brown head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was dry, roasty and woody. The flavor was bitter, dry and roasty with light notes of vanilla and wood. The finish was long, dry, roasty and woody. Medium body. Not my style.
jar72404 (426) - USA - JAN 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On cask at brewpub. Dark brown with half inch cream colored head. Aroma is nutty. Flavor is roasted nutty maltiness. Okay.
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Crisp, dry roasty nose with lots of charcoal, some cracked black pepper, and a hint of red wine. Pours rather dark black-brown with an off-white rim. Flavors are bristling with ultra-dry roast characters. Seems nearly stout like or very traditional London-style with an almost smoky edge. The malt base is exceedingly clean, allowing for a showcase of roasted and blackened characters. This beer really belches charred dryness. The cask presentation quiets the carbonic edge, which might get a little aggressive with this much roasted acidity in the beer. Fresh, prickly and with a nice roasted character that is unique and enjoyable.
kramer (5105) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On handpump @ Otto’s. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small frothy light brown head that had nice retention and left a good amount of lacing. The nose is deep and robust indeed. Lots of roast, coffee, dark cocoa, some light licorice, some minimal leafy hops and a slight earthiness. The flavor is thick and rich with big chocolate malt and some roast. A little bit of sweetness that accompanies some light licorice notes. Perfectly conditioned, there’s just a light yeastiness and some muted hops on the finish. Mouthfeel full and has a great thick creaminess to it with great cask carbonation. Overall one of the best beers I’ve had from Ottos in a while.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Otto’s. Very deep dark brown/almsot black with a frothy beige head and good lace. Aroma had lot sof chocolate malts with hints of roasted barley. Light hops all the way through for some balance, more chocolate in the middle, and a ligth bitterness in the end with hints of licorice. One of the smoothest porters I have had.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at State College. Deep burnt sienna with tan head. Aroma of dark malt, chocoff, some licorice and port. Tastes roasty malty, with finishing chocoff and molasses. Great balance and complexity.