Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 Sampled at OSLO/Guerde’s Memorial Day tasting and shared by Tennisjoel. Pours a semi-clear cola brown brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and off-white ring. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, some floral and a touch of coffee. Taste is slightly chalky, medium bodied, with a slight metallic roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate. Finish is a little gritty with a metallic aftertaste that hides some of the roasted malt flavor.
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a solid beer, not to toasted and roasted. Not too weak and thin. this has a perfect balance to what a porter should be.
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from TheBeerGod. Thanks! Also, my first South Carolina beer. Pours a medium brown with a small head. Chalky, earthy, slightly mocha aroma. Taste is very much peat and dirt. A hint of sweetness. A little thin.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma has some coffee, flowers, metal, toasted malt, and basement. The appearance is brown with a nice head. The flavor is astringent and like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall I would not have another.
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Thanks to iradog for picking up a couple bottles of this brew for me during his trip to South Carolina! Chocolate, raisin, red grape, milk chocolate, and chocolate milkshake scents appear in the malty aroma. There is a merely faint, dusty hint of hops and a clean touch of yeast. The aroma is buttery and creamy, overly so in fact. Pours a lightly sparkling dark brown with a strong copper to red hue. The liquid is dark but translucent. Moderate amount of short-lasting, grayish tan head. Produces sporadic lacing. Tastes of roasted malts: Coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Dry tobacco in the finish. At first, the taste is less sweet and creamy than the aroma suggests, but the butter taste, which is not terrible but also not particularly pleasant, does emerge upon multiple sips. I like the initial roast sensation, but as that dissipates, the flavors become ordinary at best. Long, bitter, roasted malt aftertaste. Medium body. Frothy in the palate. Lively on the front of the tongue. Easy to drink by the standards of the style. Palmetto produces a perfectly passable porter with a solid roasted malt start and finish. Unfortunately, the markedly milky middle muddles the make. This beer has potential, but it is as of yet unrealized.
jetboy (32) - USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a home run. Awesome coffee color with a carmel beige head that was at least three fingers and never went away. Lacing on the glass was prominent. Strong coffee taste. Really enjoyed the roasted maltiness. I will be drinking more of this gem from the low-country. SC Proud y’all.
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably the best beer this small company makes, and probably one of the best porters in this class I’ve tasted. Opaque, sticky, with hints of coffee and chocolate, some smoke, malty. Smooth body, and a decent thickness and oiliness to the palate--that is, not thin like many American microbrews. Excellent beer for the money, too.
nearbeer (4881) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 12 oz. Opaque black with a five-finger head that leaves a sticky frosting on the glass. Elements of coffee, chocolate, smoke, dry earth, and wood in the aroma. Coffee, molasses and milk chocolate front turns just enough to the smoky, oxidized, dry cocoa, and peppery herb flavors to provide an excellent counter to the big malt flavors. Smooth body is a tad larger than medium, slightly oily and finishes with just the right dry touch. Awesome porter for a single or a session.
tennisjoel (1364) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ira (aka iradog). Thanks a bunch! Dark brown pour. Very creamy head with nice lacing. Vanilla, Caramel, and Lactose aroma. Very quenching flavor. A slight metallic finish is the one distraction of this beer. Other than that, its a nice complex porter that’s right up my alley. I’m glad I got to try this.
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pitch black beer with a mid-sized, frothy, beige head. Great retention. Chocolaty aroma with lesser notes of cola and toasted pistachios. Medium to full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Leans toward the burnt and bitter side of balance with lots of bittersweet dark chocolate and a charcoal undercurrent. Finishes bittersweet and chocolaty with very mild, cardboard-like oxidation. Bottle courtesy of TheBeerCellar!