hayduke (4293) - 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 (6047) - 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.
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is full of roasted malt with some coffee and dark fruit notes. The flavor is similar with a lot of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
JoeinDahlem (1408) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Somehow milder tasting than the lighter stout, a bit sweeter, with an distracting smoky bit that seemed out of place. Deserves more character at this strength.
ermahgang (6) - Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all time favorites. If you like porters this is a must to put on your ’to try’ list.
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown with a light ruby hue and an average (1-2 finger) cocoa brown creamy head that slowly receded, down to a semi-thick film and medium collar which allowed for some good streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted stale bread malt, resin hops and an earthy yeast with notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit (prunes), a bit of smoke and a woody alcohol tinge.
The taste was very malty and extremely roasty with a touch of chocolate from the start, becoming rather bitter with a hint of overripe fruit and a bold alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lasted for what seemed like forever, with the roastiness fading away as a harsh alcohol bite hit you in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a bold lively carbonation.
Overall this was a very bitter and roasty brew with a big alcohol presence and a decent drinkability, although the overripe fruity taste it possessed was just a bit too much… www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
Felix_the_Cat (1) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best Porters I have had - tried it at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA - also highly recommend going there
unclemike (2747) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour wit ha light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate notes. Flavor is coffee and dark chocolate. Some roasted acridness, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body. This is a really nice porter.
JDBaker11058 (1695) - Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: very dark brown with caramel highlights; rich froth of beige head and average lacing. Aroma: bitter dark and sweet milk chocolate, caramel, roast, vanilla, and coffee. Taste: cocoa powder, coffee, light chalk, wood, brown bread, roasty malts, barest hints of dark fruits and molasses. Finish: dry, slightly bitter, with lingering chocolatey roast flavors. Notes: Darn near a perfect porter, in my opinion. Palate and flavors were perfectly balanced between the rich dark malts and a lively and dry counterpoint. Exactly what a porter should be. Based on this, I will seek out other brews from this company.
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2014 22nd January 2012
Opaque black brown beer, small tan head. Softish dry palate. Rich malt, semi dry. Some lactose. A touch of Port Wine and Brandy give this extra dimension. Semi dry finish. Interesting, rich and tasty.
A repeat at the 2014 GBBF. Wildly left field porter with flavours of lavender, spice, perfumey herb and a little spice induced warmth. Interesting stuff.