DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
15-Feb-11 (12-oz sample bottle not commercially available: Free bottle for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) This robust porter was entered into the Aged Beer category (18A, which requires 12-24 months of aging), and the beer was conditioned on French Oak Chips, then bottle conditioned for 18 months. Tack on nearly 3 more years of bottle conditioning at my home and the result is an absolute beauty! The beer pours a black body with some brown transparency at the edges and a thin, bubbly, tan head that settles to a wide ring of fat bubbles. Attention-grabbing aromas of dark chocolate bar, aged firewood, grilled meat, and campfire are captivating and enticing. The beer is moderately sweet, with flavors of dark chocolate, earth, cola, licorice, decayed tree trunks, coffee, ashtray, and a hint of smoke. Really delicious! It’s medium-plus in weight with low-medium carbonation that works well, and a gentle dryness in the finish for superb drinkability. And the beer is so tasty that also making it super drinkable means I need a lot of will power to slowly savor it rather than try to continually bathe my palate in its rich, luscious flavors. You really have to wonder if Redhook can make a beer this delicious, why they don’t release it to the public. Hands down, the best beer I’ve ever had from this brewery.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Handbottle from Brewsandbbq. Thanks Jeff!. Pours black with a big puffy tan head. Nose is sweet and chocolaty, with somewhat of a bitter finish. Taste is sweet and chocolate. Really nice smooth finish and a good feel. I have to say I like this porter, its tasty, and makes for a good beer to cap off the night with.
boto (1760) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Cambridge House: It’s nice to have Steve as our brewer, as he brought a log of his Porter down from Portsmouth for us to sample. This is usually only on tap at the Portsmouth Brewery. This pours an opaque brown color, There was a decent tan head on it. The nose was decent, with notes of chocolate, coffee and a hint of sweetness. The taste is very good, with hints of the chocolate and a slight sweetness. A solid medium body. A very nice brew. I hate to keep sucking up to Steve (the Brewer), but he came up with another winner!