IainOg (75) - Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
poured at the 14th annual CO Brewers’ Rendezvous. dark brown color with a thin head and minimal lacing. aroma is roasted grain, dry earth/dust, slight resin, and subtle peat with a (consequential) touch of iodine giving it a bit of a tonic-like quality. smooth, but a surprisingly light body. taste is roasted grain tending toward some mild char/smoke with some toasty/resiny notes in support, and a hint of coffee. good, but would love to try it again with more of a peated character and a bigger body.
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good porter, but somewhat simple. The scotch-like flavor is subtle and appreciated. It’s a very creamy porter. Perhaps a bit simple in flavor but still good.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on tap at the brewery in Colorado Springs). Pours a black color. Medium size tan head with a lot of movement after initially poured (similar to Guiness). Roasted malt aroma. Strong roasted malt taste, with light smoke and coffee flavors. Avg duration. Soft carbonation. good Lacing.
bleeng (1548) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Cask at PC. Black with a thick head. I first notice how thin this is-too bad. Flavors of a porter but just not getting there because the thinness doesn’t let this beer linger. Drinkable but not memorable. Rerate 8-12-12. Much better body and stronger flavors. Pretty good.
lb4lb (2556) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brownish to black color with little head. Smell is lightly malt and smoky from the peated malt. Taste is peaty, smoky and with a thin malt flavor. Body is also thin. Not bad, and a good light smoky flavor. Drinkable, but not my preferred style.
Ratman197 (10320) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Phantom Canyon poured a clear dark brown with a minimal ring of tan foam. Aromas of peat, smoke, dark chocolate, roastness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of peat smoke, cocoa, light coffee and light charcoal with a smooth lingering smokey finish.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewery. Beer is nearly opaque, very dark brown. Head is moderately sized, light brown, nitro-looking creamy, mostly lasts.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, coffee, light note of chocolate; Hoppy with light notes of lemon zest, resin/pine; Yeasty with a light-to-moderate note of basement; Moderate-to-heavy notes of earthy smoky peat. Registers as slightly medicinal.<P>The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, trace acidic with an average-length, lightly acidic/bright, moderately bittersweet finish. Charred-wood, old campfire site in the rets.<P>The body is medium, the texture is velvety/creamy and the carbonation is soft.<P>My favorite offering of the evening. I actually drank my whole half-pint of. Dark, mysterious, challenging but not overly noisy in the nosy. ;)
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a few glasses on tap during one of my fall trips to Colorado Springs. Deep dark brown with no head. Smoke in the nose and a taste reminiscent of an Islay scotch in the body mingled among the chocolate and coffee flavors. The first time in a while I’ve turned down a second glass of a stout in favor of a porter. I hope this is on tap next time I’m town.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is based on a robust porter, brewed with chocolate malts, dark malts, and roasted malts, but is brought to an even higher elevation, with the addition of peat smoked malt. This specialty malt is smoked over a peat or turf fire, and is usually found in Scotch whiskey, or in many American brewed versions of Scotch ale. The combination of dark and chocolate malts, roast, and peat smoke, make for one complex, delicious, satisfying beer.
Zebulon Peated Porter pours to a beautiful, pitch black color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is just fantastic, and loaded with big aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and wonderful smoky aromas of peat. The palate is soft, fat, and creamy on the tongue, with big flavors of dark chocolate, dark malt, hints of black currant fruity flavors, and mild roasted coffee flavors. Zebulon Peated Porter finishes with more flavors of dark chocolate and roast up front, and then ends with a nice bit of roasty/peat smoky flavor that lingers on the tongue.
This beer was outstanding, and an absolute must try for any beer lover visiting the Colorado Springs area.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Pours a deep, rich brown. Smells faintly of roasted coffee. Flavor starts out as a light scotch and finishes roasty and malty. Very good stuff.