chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Craft Ale House Limerick PA - didn’t take notes while I was there, but from memory a delicious robust almost porter like (but not as much body or the sweetness of ale yeast) flavor. I could drink a bunch of this and be very happy.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bomber served in a SA Perfect Pint glass. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Bottle conditioned. Chocolate malt with some noble hops in the aroma. Medium bodied. Lots of chocolate malt in the flavor. Porterish flavor profile. Roasty and malty with a long lingering chocolate malt finish. Different take on a schwarzbier.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of golubj. Dark black pour with a thin, light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Nice roasty flavor, with sweet chocolate and nutty hints. Crisp, clean and wonderful treat. Thanks again golubj for the bottle.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a very deep shade of brown, nearing black with almost no head at all. Nose is very roasty, almost like that or a porter. Taste is deep malty, and roasty, almost like a smoked porter again. Rather thin on the tongue.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. This one was so underwhelming. Poured out nice however, pitch black dark, decent off white head. I’m not sure how this is a swarz, however some decently smoke, but really this is just a black lager that underwhelms. Smooth and silky, but thats about it, no discerable attributes that really make this one stand out. Bland.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Very nice dark brown pour, beige head. Frothy head lasting quite a while and really sticking to the glass. Aroma is very roasty, surprising amount of coffee. Also a good amount of chocolate and some roast malt. Flavors are quite strong for such a low abv brew. Dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt and coffee, char. A little ashy at first, but it smoothes out as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel, this also improves with temp. Finishes like a fine stout, lots of roast and coffee. Drinkability through the roof. Would love to have this for my daily drinker. Could definetely argue this was not exactly to style, but at the end of the day, I can’t help but rate it for what it is, a real good beer.
Side note, more brewers need to focus on a quality Schwarz, it is the session beer for the dark beer folks.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty smokey aroma. Favor of burnt coffee, malt and smoke. Some vegetable tastes come through. Not my favorite Port Brewing beer.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate. Taste is roasted malt all the way through with a slight dry, bitter finish with the hops. Thin bodied with above average carbonation. Very drinkable
thicksuds (408) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this bottle was a bit old, maybe a yr. the other Port Brewing bottles in the store were older but I decided to try it anyway....no date on the bottle
Great pour, if it is that old the carbonation hung in well.
Smoke flavor dominates, then it comes off like a lager after that with not much else to it. Bitterness comes in on the back end as well, has a bit of sweetness in the middle.
All in all very drinkable, not sure if this bottle was fresh and if a fresh one would have done it more justice, but I think this is decent, a little above average, probably not something I will revisit with better options available, but not bad.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep black color. Tannish ringed head. Licorice, malty. Roasty but not overdone. Dates / raisin hints. Thin, slightly watery in body and taste. 1-part flavoring with nothing distinctive on exhale or finish. Hoped for better given what these guys normally do but this is a relative disappointment