michaelinwa (583) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, moderate head, low aroma of mild roasted malt. Taste is subtle, balanced, roasted malt and hints of licorice, low-to-moderate complexity, with a dry finish, only the slightest lingering bitterness. This is a decent porter.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark black pour. Small mocha head. Nose is of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Good body. Decent carbonation; creamy finish. Hefty. Great roasted flavors abound. Mild cocoa finish. Alcohol is not noticeable. Really a good beer that hit the spot. Perfect cure for my roasted-fix.
Slipstream (1983) - USA - MAY 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lightly sweet porter with an edge of herbs and a little funk or ash(?). It has an odd note or two, but it is still good.
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of ksurkin. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized, but rapidly disappearing beige head. The aroma has coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, a splash of caramel sweetness and a hint of smoke. The flavor has bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts that that tend toward being charred, black coffee, perhaps a splash of fruits at the back. The finish is dry with lasting bitterness. Overall, this is a decent straightforward porter that I am glad to have had the chance to try.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very impressed. Pours dark brown with moderate white head. Lots of lacing. Nose and palate are rich chocolate, some coffee and slight roast. Full body but not heavy. Very smooth. Moderate lingering finish that is very satisfying.
ryanfolty (1831) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2012 Date: April 21, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: ryan Description: Pour was opaque dark brown with some head and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste was consistent with aroma and a dry coffee aftertaste. Palate was a tad thin maybe even a bit watery with some carbonation. Thanks Ryan!
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle-pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is dark malt-roasty, earthy. Taste is sweet dark malt-roasty, earthy hops.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a very dark, almost black color. The head is a mocha shade, a little under 3 fingers, with average retention and lacing.
S: Has the usual roast, coffee, and chocolate, but this one seems to have an additional earthy/mineral note. Nice smell.
T: About the worst I can say is that itís really not that different than a lot of other porters Iíve had. Still, this oneís executed impressively. It does feature a vaguely salty character to it (similar to soy sauce) that meshes well with the roasty base. Otherwise, the usual roast, coffee, and chocolate are the main basis of the flavors here. Itís nature is easygoing rather than explosive.
M: Not the heaviest porter in the world, which is good. Drinks and finishes like a porter should, which means its medium bodied with a dry, bittersweet, slightly vegetal finish and lowish carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this. It measures up nicely to some of the better porters Iíve had (even if it doesnít quite outdo them), and itís well worth a purchase. Pair it with pulled pork/chicken BBQ.
jtclockwork (7956) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of burnt malts, dusty cocoa, vanilla, lactose and chalky black malt. Medium body.
MadRobin (1854) - 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. Patrickís 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.