marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This dark brown ale poured with a decent off-white head. The flavor is quite thin with a little maltiness and a slightly discernible hop finish. I used to like this one before all the great microbreweries sprang up, but it just doesn’t hold up any more.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2007. A black coloured beer with beige bubbles around the edge. The aroma is hoppy with some light roast, a little sourness and some chocolate. The taste is light roasty with some smoke. Very mild and a tad thin, but drinkable for sure.
alexsdad06 (8727) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a small off white head that disappears immediately. The aroma has some roasted malt and piney hops, but nothing too prominent. The flavor is watered down roasted malts with a weak hop presence. Light body; thin mouthfeel. This could be considered a summertime porter, but doesn’t have enough going on to challenge the best in the style.
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The label on this bottle actually reads “bottled” just in case I was confused about what I was about to drink from. Hmm. It pours deep clear chestnut and has a thin tan head. The aroma is semi sweet roasted malts with a faint, very faint, burnt maltiness. Much like the aroma the taste seems semi sweet roasted malts to a hint of sweet molasses. A faint burnt malt note tries to cut into the sweeter notes and becomes a rather softened burntness. So that standard Porter flavor of burnt Black Patent type malts comes up somewhat short. It does try to make a feeble attempt to re-surface in the after taste but seems to be a faint echo of what could have been.
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pours black with a lasting beige head. Light coffee aroma with a bit of caramel as well. Medium smooth body. Flavor is the same as the aroma. Not bad, but pretty unimpressive.
drowland (7868) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice start and middle; very flavorful, but the end leaves something to be desired, a bit too clean.
Svesse (7725) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask at GBBF, London, 8 Aug 2007) Black colour with brownish notes, brief head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of toffee and chocolate, a bit thin. Malty, roasted taste with chocolate and toffee, fairly sweet. Rather short, chocolatey finish. Not bad at all, but not really my favourite porter.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Poured a clear, medium chestnut brown with a short-lived yellowy-beige head. Nose was of lightly burnt dark chocolate malts and stale floral hoppage. Flavor was of burnt dark malts, nuttiness, and floral bitters at the edges and finish. Light-bodied with less-than-ideal carbonation. This lacked that little something needed to make it memorable... and maybe some body.
after4ever (7487) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at the Woodinville brewpub. 15 years ago, I thought a bottle or a pint of this stuff was kind of an interesting way to spend a round. Not so much today. Black with rubied highlights--seems like a fairly well clear beer behind that roasty opacity. Scant gray head. Light roasty and bittersweet chocolatey nose. Light body, especially for a porter, it’s almost watery. Soft carb. Light brown sugar and brown bread mid-palate, but not too much going on for the finish.
czar (7470) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
tap at redhook brewpub, portsmouth. clear dark brown-reddish with a nice beige head, some retention. roasted and fruity notes, minerals, maple and dry grassy notes. average carbonation, light body, almost bland herbal finish. no flaws but a bland porter it is.