HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a coal black color with a medium tan head with decent lacing as it dissipates. Aroma of roasted malt, ahint of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Flavor is of roasted malt with some chocolate. This is not as sweet as many porters, something that I liked. There is a somewhat bitter aftertaste, but not bad. A tad thin for mouthfeel. Not bad, though. Not bad at all. I’d like to cook a hearty beef stew using this beer in the stock.
demitriustown (1088) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma is malty with sweet caramel notes intermingled. A light chocolate note and something artificial that I can’t but my finger on. Pours a nice black with a thin tan head that lingers at the top of the glass. Taste is malty, grainy, with a slight metallic taste on the back end. Also, a somewhat of a multigrain bread taste to it. Aftertaste is lightly bitter with a lingering malty overtone that is quite nice. Overall, It’s pretty decent. Get it if you want something decent, but not great instead of BMC. Cheers!
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Not a fan of redhook. A little on the watery side. Peppery malt flavor that was too sweet. Watery finish. Tasted like Dr. Pepper. Faint nutty aroma. Way too light bodied and thin for a porter.
riversideAK (5624) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like many of their beers I feel this is rather generic. Light roasted malt with a touch of dark malty sweetness. Decent carbonation. Not overly robust, just well intentioned and drinkable.
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this under the nitro name on tap. I thought it was a verysmooth porter. Tasted like guiness only slightly more water than the later. I enjoyed it thourougly and will have another one but probably only on tap.
BeerFanDan17 (1018) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good porter with a fine balance of pepper and coffee noticeable. Sampled at the St. Pete Florida Craft Beer Fest.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Sample from July 18, 2008 Beer Club Meeting) Clean, dark brown with nice head, very carbonated. Smells of malt. Taste is much like a Fuller’s LP, but more carbonated and watery. Much like a soda, really. Roasted malt flavor, musky and toasty. Malty aftertaste. Better than I expected!
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a mostly opaque, dark dark brown with a red tint. Aroma is a little nutty, good full malt aroma. Flavor is crisp, still malty..a little bit bitter from the hops. Tastes like cascade. Not too bad. Solid brew overall.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. single from John’s Grocery (Iowa City, IA). Made the trip to Illinois on the move home. Poured a deep dark brown with reddish notes on the edges. Small coca cola head that dissipates and a slightly fast speed. Aromas of dark roasted malts and a light sweetness, present but more subdued than I had hoped. Initial taste a bit watery, dark malts with a mellow roasted malt sweetness, notes of bitter cofee and a faint chocolately sweet smoothness. Needs a fuller body. Finishes with that coffee bitterness. A decent brew but very forgettable as a representative of its style.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near black with some red around the edges and a smallish tan head. Aroma is not too strong but of pale, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is smooth and malty but a little light, with chocolate malt flavor coming through. Not a bad porter.