SudsMcDuff (5644) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite liked this beer .. . pours a deep brown .. mild foam, lacing is quite good .. . mmm, spot on london .. . very tasty, and impressive seeing this is a second runnings beer .. . . One particle of unobtainium has a nuclear reaction with the flux capacitor - carry the í2í - changing its atomic isotoner into a radioactive spider. Fuck you, Science!
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. Wasnít 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
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, back to a free full pour for us members... Light black with a tan head, thin cap but nice lace... Light aroma of smoked ham, molasses and a bit of spice... Super flavorful, roasted coffee, a bit if bitter ash, and pine hop finish adds great balance, a bit harsh bitter and alcoholic for such a low abv but s minor complaint for this gem
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at revo, pours dark brown with off white head. Aroma has toasted nuts, and chocolate malt notes. Flavors are roasty, chocolate malts and stiff nuttiness. Med bodied. Easy drinking classic porter. Enjoyed.
Tmoney99 (9957) - 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.
HighWine (932) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap flight at the brewpub. Darker-than-cola brown color with a well laced beige head. Aroma is dark roast that reminds me of Italian coffee beans or toasted rye seed (as far as I know neither coffee nor rye is used in this beer). TAste is similar with considerable roast and what I would swear is rye spiciness. Clean finish with a flavor profile bigger than the name indicates. Very drinkable anytime.
Dogbrick (7062) - 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.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Some errands. Pours a blackish hue in this dark bar. I see brownish edges that show some ruby brown light, a small frothy tannish head sits atop and laces ok, a thicker ring atop. As it catches more light I get some overdone suntea essences. Aromas are gentle roast and toast, decent dry earthy and piney hops move into citrus, gentle dark fruit, good coffee and earthy roast on the nose mixes with that sufficient hoppping. Dry yet some mellow sweetness beneath. Initial is lighter bodied, offering some toast, roast, and dry earthy hops up front. A dry bitter start, lingering with pine, florals, and roasty earthy malts. Middle is dry yet firm, lighter bodied and quite "pound"-able. Touches of cocoa and biscuits into the back, some mellow cocoa and roast coffee linger, itís not strong but with the light overall feel of the beer it does itís work. Roasty, dry hops, some touches of earth, nuts, ash, and earthy coffee linger with a decent dry hopping. Itís simple, itís small, itís pretty drinkable and I could certainly drink a lot of it. Sweetness is mellow, but does give a layer. Touches of orange and grapefruit dance in and out up front as it warms, the hopping becoming a little more life filled. I liked this. Smell is pretty light, barely get much off it. But taste and overall palate/mouthfeel work. Wins extra points overall for drinkability and the fact it worked well for me as an experience. Excited to try the growler of HAís small dark beer in the next couple days to compare. Probably more lame than Iím letting on.. But I really dig beers like this. With an actual aroma, it could be a nice.
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.
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 itís not an overpowering example of a porter, Iíd never guess it was a second-run beer if I hadnít 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.