Derek881 (997) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured this beer from a regular bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a thick black pour and color, was a touch syrupy, and had a big, dark, tan creamy head with average retention, but great lacing and good cling. Its aroma had some earthy and floral hops, mixed with notes of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and a bit of fruit and yeast. It had a sweet malty taste with notes of lighter fruit, molasses and chocolate, and a slight earthy bitterness. It was a wet and full-bodied beer with a good creamy mouthfeel that had average carbonation and a dry finish.
hman43 (301) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer has a very pleasant chocolate smell to it. The head is medium bodied that clings to the side as it disappears. The color is black. It have an extremely rich taste that has a hint of bitterness.
snoworsummer (1925) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, earthy hops, and some dark fruit. Flavor matches the smell with roast and light bitterness. Dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation.
ABeerVixen (17) - - MAY 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at brewery. Dark brown color, small head that dissipates. Roasted/chocolate aroma. Burnt initial taste on tip of tongue moves to middle of the mouth with a bitter finish.
magsinva (866) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Alamo draft house Loudoun - pours pitch with a whit head, some lacing. Big coffee!
chinchill (1683) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. bottle into a snifter. Consumed immediately after, and compared to, a Mad River Steelhead Porter.
Pours a very dark reddish brown that is nearly black. Small tan head has very poor retention but some decent lacing is left behind.
Nose has chocolate and roasted malt with a significant bit of somewhat fruity and somewhat disagreeable alcohol esters. The alcohol is much less noticeable in the flavor, which hits the tongue too sweet and stays that way until the aftertaste. Hints of brown sugar and over-ripe plums.
Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smooth.
O: Darker, sweeter, softer, less smoky and less hoppy than the Mad River it is worth trying but certainly not as good as the Mad River.
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a medium frothy khaki head that dissipates slowly. Stricky rings of lacing on the glass. Malty aroma with chocolate and hops notes. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and mild fruity hops. The finish is sweet with a cocoa malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
sonnycheeba (3357) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg pour during Annapolis 5K beer run. Pours a nice dark brown with beige head. Great aroma with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, earthy hops, and some dark fruit. Flavor matches the nose with mostly roast and light bitterness; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation.
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this is in Virginia. Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Poured a very dark brown almost back with a medium sized beige head and good lacing rings. nose of chocolate malts with ripe fruit. Medium plus in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is rich, with lots of chocolate, some coffee, ripe dark fruit and some floral and citrus hops. Finish shows some vanilla. A really spot on Porter.
Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This poured dark brown that looked cool when a flashlight was held up to it. Minimal head. An aroma of dark complex fruit and chocolate with a hint of coffee. The chocolate and dark fruit held up through the flavor. Occasional hops with tart citrus and bitterness popped in and out. A sourness that seemed to the original style was a nice touch. The feel is dry and that brings out the fruit even more. Chocolate and hops in the after taste. Nicely done.