msante79 (2216) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Aromas of roast, caramel, and some chocolate. Flavors of roast with some chocolate and caramel sweetness. Body is a little thin. Sessionable.
Beerman6686 (5400) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was light ot medium roasted malts, some dark candy sugar, and light brown sugar. Flavor was a bit bland and water, althoguh refined and well put together. Would make a pretty decent session porter.
Dogbrick (9661) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. This beer pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Light-bodied with a roasty character and notes of burnt malt, dark chocolate and mild hops. The finish is lightly bitter with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Decent overall.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this one at the brewpub in Chicago, Illinois. A bit of a chalky bittetness is offputting.
deyholla (8349) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has some light roasted malts with a dark grain backing. Flavor starts with light roasted malts and is backed by dark sweet grain and a hint of dryness.
Theydon_Bois (12925) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Revolution Brewpub, Chicago - 04/11/12.
Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head, good lacing ensues.
Light roast malt nose with molasses, liqourice and a touch of smoke.
Tastes of roast malt, treacle toffee, chocolate, smoke.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation lending towards a roasty finish.
Above average porter.
Tmoney99 (12068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting and excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.
kidmartinek (3863) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A glassy brown beer with a thick head. Hoppy brown aroma. Good balance. Tastes like an English dark mild but still very fill flavored and full bodied as well. Good lacing
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub, notes from Dec 29 2011
Pours dark brown/black with a nice little tan creamy head on top of it. Solid aroma of roasty dark malts, notes of chocolate, a little bit of toffee in there, and a little bit of hop spice. Flavor: starts out tasting like toffee and sweet dark chocolate, then gradually gets drier as it sits on the tongue; first to a oatmeal-biscuit grain then to a mildly astringent crunchy dark porter. Surprisingly lively palate with medium-thin body & mouthfeel and a crunchy dark-grain and mild hop spice aftertaste. While it’s not an overpowering example of a porter, I’d never guess it was a second-run beer if I hadn’t been told.
On cask, same session:
Same basic color and general appearance as the tap version from the head down, but with much larger and more foamy/frothy head. Aroma is a little nuttier, less sweet, not as much toffee on the nose. Flavor comes through quite a bit weaker than the tap version; this is more of what I expected a second-run beer to taste like. Palate is flat and a little watery. Much prefer the tap version, sacrilege though that may be to "real ale" fans.
3.7 for the tap version, 3.3 for the cask version, works out to about a 3.5 overall.
Travlr (16434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the source. Dark maroon, tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of slightly boozy coffee, caramel, chocolate. Taste is dilutecoffee and light spice. Not bad.