maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Commercial Tap House on 06/28/2011. Dark black body with a medium frothy light brown head. Sweet fruit and roast aroma. Slightly tart roast and fruit flavor with a dry finish. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.
jde123 (761) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A really good porter! It doesnít have the overly chocolate/caramel/sweetness that oftens ruins other porters. Great stuff.
EithCubes (4626) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose of light coffee and roast malt, chocolate, cocoa, light tang. Pours dark brown-black with a rocky tan head. Taste light-medium sweet, very low bitterness, low tang but a nice feel of twist/semi-pucker in the mouth. Roast and chocolate as above. Fullish body. Very solid double porter, hides its alcohol well.
floydslip (137) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque tootsie roll brown beer with a medium foamy beige head that is a bit darker around the perimeter. Roasted nose of caramelized sugar, candied nuts, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is actually quite mild for a porter, but that doesnít mean itís boring. It has a light toasty malt bitterness followed by some deep chocolate, and then ends with a subtle sourness. None of the flavors is particularly strong, but they offset each other nicely. A good porter for people who prefer lighter beers or those who want a change of pace.
g6736 (7) - Warwick, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice porter with chocolate notes itís slightly sweet. Had it on Draft at Daniel Oíconnells in Alexandra VA.
downender (5910) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at a restaurant in Alexandria, November 2013. decnet black coffee and plain chocolate notes, before some roasty malts and dryish finish. Very good.
keanex (1289) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body appears an opaque black, but some murky chestnut hues can be seen slightly through the edges. Upon closer inspection I can clearly see sediment, which is odd. The head is tall an persistent though, very dense and pillowy. The head very slowly dissipates unevenly into a dense and short khaki covering.
Aroma: The aroma is a bit weak, but syrupy bittersweet chocolate comes to mind immediately with a sweet malt backing. Thereís a very slight hint of roasted malts and some figs hiding in the back as well.
Taste: The intro quickly shows some fig and dark chocolate that runs through the mid-taste and almost completely through the finish. The chocolate becomes a bit sweet by the end and a light roast is noted. Throughout fig flavors underlie everything, accenting the dark malts nicely. A sweet, sort of sugary, chocolate lingers for a moment, perhaps some brown sugar. This leans sweet but itís not too far off balance.
Palate: Full-bodied, almost chewy.
Overall: This is a solid porter and I would likely sing praise if I didnít know of Founders or Great Lakes. This holds itís own with them and I wouldnít be surprised to see some prefer this beer. I find this to be skewed a little sweet, but very drinkable with a nice ABV. This would go well with light desert.
catface5326 (140) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full bodied dark brown medium head when poured from a bottle. Chocolate coffee aftertaste. Very good beer.
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Black Finn in Vienna VA. This is a solid down the line porter that hits all of the stylistic marks.
gripweed57 (510) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Opaque black color with a medium-sized bubbly tan head. Rich mocha malt nose. Creamy roasted malt flavor has notes of cocoa and coffee. Balanced nicely with spicy hops in the finish. This is very straight-forward tasty porter.