Theydon_Bois (6334) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 (9953) - 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 (3199) - 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 (9999) - 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.
Newk (299) - - JAN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured into a pint glass from tap at revolution. Pours a nice dark brown color with a head that goes away fairly fast
interesting aromas of malts and hops mixed. Good depth with aromas of toffee, malts, bits of coffee and hops
lighter feel that is fairly refreshing. Good deep flavors of toffee, coffee beans, hops, and bits of citrus
I liked this. Wasn’t fully sure what to make of it, but this is real nice as a session porter. The hop influence is kind of odd at first, but it is pretty refreshing
dinkle50 (875) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour with a very light head. Good lacing. Medium bodied. Light roast background with some grain in there. Hardly any aroma at all. This is almost too light. Really easy to drink, but a little thin.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Revolution. Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Translucent red at the edges. The nose is decent. A roasted grain quality permeates with some delicate resiny hops in there as well. Light molasses. Nothing too out there. On tasting, it is quite bitter. The CO2 is a bit high and thins out the body it seems. Some grainy astringency comes across, as well as some cola nut and caramel notes. Not terribly complex or interesting but decent enough.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a very deep brown, mostly black colored body with a thin, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is dry roasts, some dark fruits, earth, a light chocolate, and some caramel that comes out more as this warms. Flavor has an initial chocolate and caramel sweetness before a good amount of dry roasts and some coffee come in. A few dark fruits and nuts in the middle as this starts to get dryer before some earth comes out towards the end and this finishes dry, roasty, and fairly earthy with a lengthy, nutty aftertaste. Light body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a simple yet tasty second runnings beer. A very light malt sweetness with a good amount of nuttiness and lots of dry roasts and earth. Easy drinking and pretty enjoyable.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Rev. Easy drinking porter. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Decent brew.