MadRobin (1861) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating from on tap sample at the newly opened brewery on 4/26//11 and sample poured from 12 oz. bottle on 11/22/11 at the Washington Wine and Cheese Seminar at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC.
Pours an opaque nearly black brown with a smallish head and fair to good lacing. The appearance was nothing special.
Aroma though was nice with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee and a touch of floral hops.
Taste was similar, again with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee and maybe some molasses. A little sweetness breaks through the roasted flavors at the finish.
Body is medium to full with carbonation on the soft side of average. Pleasant mouthfeel.
A nice example of a traditional porter.
robgibbens (406) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a short light head. Cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is bitter but there is a subtle sweetness that comes through after that initial bitterness. Finishes dry with a coffeeish aftertaste.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a lightly toasted dark caramel and chocolate malty nose with a touch of smoke and dark fruits. Starts with average fullness and light sweetness with some chocolate notes and a touch of roasted coffee before a drier bittersweet finish. Could be a little more balanced, but still pretty true to style.
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to TheGuy! Very dark brown/black pour, small ring of carbonation and a nice aroma of light sweetness and chocolate. Flavor is bitter coffee, roasted malt, and bitter bakers chocolate. Nice porter!
madvike (2671) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brigadier...thanks Nathan! - Pours dark brown with a thin, filmy tan head. Big chocolatey nose, with a sugary sheen overlaying a dark roasty body. Taste brings out the dark chocolate notes--bitter roasty notes with a touch of coffee and red wine-soaked dark raisins and prunes. Slick body is fairly big and has a bit of prickly carbonation. Unique and very yummy.
tgncc (2751) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is chocolate, vanilla, molases, light roast. The appearance is deep brown, light tan head. The flavor is chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, light roast. The inish is roast, light pine, some sweetness. Medium/thick in body. Nicely done.
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Opaque brown-black with a rusty beige head. Sweet brown-sugar and chocolate aroma. A pretty big, rugged, Porter. This is quite a nice beer, Creamy, almost milky body. Rich and quite filling, this is a great new addition to the Mid-Atlantic beer scene.
Braudog (5591) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated from bottle, but also on draft the night prior.Thick and dark as a porter should be, with an initially frothy tan head that somewhat quickly kicks it. This drinks with a thick viscosity, rich with milk chocolate milkiness and a nice subtle but noticeable bitter bite at the finish. This is a very good porter. (#4451, 1/22/2012).
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma: good chocolate and roast feel, slight note of alcohol. Character of clean good stronger porter .7+
Appearance: dark brown brew with initial mid dark beige brownish top. Short lived with fizz. 3-
Flavor/Palate: medium bodied. Clean with dark chocolate feel. Dry alcohol…hints of licorice. Softer finish with thinner walls.
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at tap room
Finishing on a high note with this excellent porter I have decided to keep tabs on Port City. Since their bottles are relatively affordable, easily accessible around northern Virginia, and well crafted they will make a nice break from Midwestern bottles. If you can only try one Port City beer make it this one.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep inky black fluid sits like an octopus hiding in its own camouflage. A mocha head rests on top like a layer of frosting over a coffee cupcake. Roasted black coffee, chestnuts, chocolate, and strong malts drive home the point that this is not a beer to ignore.
Flavor / Palate - The smoky ham in the background was a little distracting but in character with the rest of the flavors. From black coffee to half and half to hints of cocoa the overall theme is sweet darkness. A veritable bargain at $7.99 a six pack this one is worth checking out if you see it on the shelves or want to do a local for local trade with some northeastern members.