bagalagalaga (149) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one was very good, sweetness surrounded by lots of earthy aromas. The name seems more like a beer that would try to blast your tastebuds off with one intense flavor but this one is very well balanced. It claims 7.3% alcohol and it doesn’t show up much at all. Will definitely try other Quaff On brews!
MarkSachon (723) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at a bar somewhere in Indianapolis. Smooth and not too strong, a very good porter that stands out from the herd.
Travlr (15613) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at TaxMan. Black! Tan head. Aroma of roasty coffee, light cocoa. Taste is brownies dipped in coffee. Tasty.
574deadzone (1192) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours not a deep red (as the bottle states), but rather a deep dark brown to black with a fair cappuccino head that hangs around and leaves a wall of soapy, spotty lace. Nose involves chocolate, toast, some wood-smoke, earth, cream. I fridged this thinking it was an imperial red, so I’m sure more stuff will come out as it warms. Pretty sweet flavor, fair bitterness to balance. Medium to full bodied, fair carb action, some oil and slipperiness, a touch of chalk, with a lengthy roasty cocoa and toasted malt finish. This isn’t bad at all as a robust porter, and probably the best of the three brews I have tried. Decent body on it, good malt contributions, digging the smoke note wherever that comes from. Would go with a pile of meat or a dessert. Still confused about the labeling, which seems to describe the "other" Busted Knuckle, the red ale, with it’s "deep red color reminiscent of fresh blood on the newly busted knuckle of a working man or woman’s hand." So, yeah, they’re a small brewery newer to bottling and have two beers with the same name and probably just left the label alone so they didn’t have to wait 6 months on new label approval. But be warned, your red ale may be a porter! The good news is, it will be a pretty good porter.
twindadplus2 (627) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin beige head. Aroma of toasted almonds, semi sweet chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Taste is dark caramel malt and cocoa, with bitter earthy hops coming through as well. Smooth, long finish of toasty nuttiness. Medium bodied, slick texture, lively carbonation.
jhp40219 (359) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a small light tan head that leaves little lacing. Aroma of roasted hazelnut and almond, chocolate, and toasty malts. Taste is more on par with a nut brown ale with a nice nutty taste. Roasted nuts, caramel malt, lactose, cocoa, biscuits and white bread. Decent amount of bitter earthy hops cutting through as well. Smooth, long finish of caramel malts, cocoa and toasty nuttiness. Medium bodied, slick texture, lively carbonation. Definitely smooth and an incredibly easy drinker for a 7.2%er.
theoldpioneer (7) - Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014 does not count
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Don’t spread this around too loudly . . . but it tastes like soap. Awful stuff.
DrSilverworm (8333) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Big Red in Indianapolis. Labeled 7.2%. Black color. Good finger of brown head. Solid ropes of lace. Nice chocolate aroma. Interesting mild spice flavors. Medium plus body. Smooth kind of soft crisp lighter carbonation, lightyl slick. Light chewy. Some cola flavors. Some vanilla. Solid porter. Better than expected (for some reason I was excepting this to be an American Strong Ale)
Strykzone (5500) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle brought with Hayduke for DLD weekend. Black with the tiniest amount of red. A tan head leaves lacing as it falls. A soft roasted and cocoa aroma along with just a whiff of earth. I taste lactose first and then chocolate syrup. This might be tasty being poured over ice cream. A little hop note underneath. Citrus and bitterness from them. A bit of molasses. The hops grow towards the finish and become spicy. The beer also became more subdued at the finish. And the last sip is green pepper. Interesting stuff.
hayduke (3676) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was slipped to me by someone at Dark Lord Day 2014. I brought it home and shared with Strykzone. Pours jet back with a dingy tan head. Nose is chocolate roasted malts. Some touch of hops. Body is medium and on the thin side for a porter but the mouthfeel is smooth. Flavor is chocolate malts with a slight bitterness in the finish. Easy enough to drink and tasty. A fine beer.
Block (1676) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad. Strong and potent with a good flavor and alcohol content. Easy to drink as described. Nice malt backbone.