bhensonb (9835) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Liz. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roast dark malt with chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee. Med + body. Flavor is dark milk chocolate with smooth burnt malt and mild coffee. Good porter.
Earlier Rating: 12/14/2009 Total Score: 3.8
Pours very dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Smells like chocolate. Also toasted malt. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is chocolate over toasted malt. Finishes a bit chalky and pretty dry. Maybe a touch of smoke. Or not. Quite smooth.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cola-like brown with a fizzy head and aromas of toasty malt and a bit of cola and dark sugar. Flavor is a bit thin, but decent. Mouthfeel could be a little thicker too.
Themwg (1) - - DEC 27, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty!! I liked it and am now just trying to make this 75 characters................
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Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid Porter. Aroma: roasted malts, mild coffee, malts. Taste was the same but with a mild hop background.
Sledutah (3631) - Utah, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle picked up at a liquor store in Florida
Appearance: Dark brown with a big foamy beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, dried chocolate and roasted coffee
Taste: Roasted coffee, chocolate and grainy
Very nice and easy drinking porter, wish I would have brought more home.
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear, cola/red-brown body. Smallish head leaves a lasting, tan ring. Big milk chocolate in the nose with some medium roast coffee. A hint of raisin. Flavor brings more chocolate - in your face here. Still milky, but edges into the darker, more bitter realm of chocolate. Coffee roast comes up strong in the finish...almost espresso like. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation for the style. Drinks easy. Lightly sweet up front with a fairly bitter finish. A nice, well done robust porter.
glennmastrange (2030) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate malt note of toasted, light to moderate hop and yeast notes of herbs and earth, with charcoal, cola and milk in the background. Head is small, frothy, light tan with a bit of slippery lacing until it fully diminishes. Color is clear dark red/brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a chalky and dry finish. Toasty, rich aromas and flavors from Porter, nice.
deyholla (5395) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at freetail release. Pours a clear brown with a thick tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a nice roasted malt note with some backing coffee and toast. Flavor is begins full of roasted malts with some backing toast and alcohol comes out in the finish.
Earlier Rating: 4/7/2010 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle. Pours near black with a slight red hue and the head is dissipating quickly brown head. Aroma has strong notes of chocolate with underlying oats and roasted malts. Flavor builds with a bitter chocolate flavor. The flavor began a bit sweet with more of an oat flavor. Nice and smooth on the tongue.
EithCubes (4413) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2013 Bottle from jrob_21 - thanks, Jonathan! My 50th porter. Dark chocolate aroma with a smattering of aroma hops. Touch of biscuit, too, along with a hint of coffee and what I know to be oatmeal. Coke-colored pour with a light-brown head (and good, lasting retention). Dry, roasted taste with the oily, slightly acidic undertones Iíve come to love in oatmeal stouts; also reminds of coffee without the burnt espresso roast. Only lightly bitter, and then only a times, with just a bit more sweetness. Touch of wood. Watery body with just a little bit of crackle; aftertaste is dry and roasted and leaning pleasantly toward an ashen feel. Alcohol very well hidden. Basically a thinned version of the Dark Horse stouts I love, with the "oatmeal" coming through much more than the "double chocolate". Hugely drinkable. Pleasant, well-made porter! [5/6/2008: 3.8]
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a scant beige head. Nose is strong dark chocolate and roast, looks like this is one of the men rather than the boys. Deep, dry roast with choco and even tobacco leaf. Bitter with huge malt, hops are prickling and provide excellent balance. Medium body is anything but dull. Among the darker, roastier porters, this offering excels. [9/8/2011: 3.8]
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Picked up a few of these bad boys at Midtown. I actually didnít realize I hadnít had this before, confusing it with the winter porter. This is a solid brew for sure. Itís very heavy on the seaweed/tobacco flavor. It reminds me of Bells porter, which is one of my all time favorites. The finish is semi-sweet with some hints at dark chocolate and tree bark. I am enjoying this.
Earlier Rating: 1/6/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle. Pours pretty near black with a firm tan head. The aroma is chocolatey, oaty, with some coffee as well. Yeah, pretty much what I was hoping for and very well balanced too. The flavor is awesome. There is a robust presence of oats and a slightly bitter ashiness that nips my tongue throughout. The finish balances things out with rich chocolate and well rounded smokiness. Excellent stuff, despite the grievous misspelling of "espresso" in the commercial description.