Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured deep garnety-brown with a sticky beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter, toasted molasses and lightly-smoked black malts, with very deep vanilla bean undertones.. a little sourness evident, otherwise it was great. The flavor had unfortunate metallic and vinegar sourness throughout.. rich, sweet vanilla bean and cane sugar in there too, along with burnt espresso showing right at the end.. lots of tasty stuff in there, but the sourness kept it from being enjoyable. Medium-bodied, sour, and roasty on the palate.. again the sourness hurt this brew badly.
gizmo_ber (142) - - SEP 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at the brewery. Tapped with Nitro, came out really creamy dark with lasting tan head. Vanilla aroma and strong vanilla flavor on coffee. I wish this was a little mellower than the 7.8% alcohol, so that I could drink it more readily.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Dutch’s Bar & Bottle Shop in Cincinnati, OH. Pours a deep brown colored body with a finger-width, frothy, light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is bigger vanilla up front with some chocolate and nutty caramels offering a light sweetness. A light coffee and a bit of a sour acidity. Flavor has lots of vanilla up front with some cola and nutty caramels. A milky chocolate sweetness towards the end with a growing espresso coffee as this finishes sweet from the chocolate, nutty malts, and big vanilla, but dry from the coffee and light earthy bitterness. Light sour acidic note as well. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, this was alright. Pretty sweet from the vanilla and malts with a good amount of coffee and a light earthiness. Eh...
edgallow (1442) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, and coffee. Taste is malts, chocolate , and toffee.
b3shine (3535) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro draft to pint at Rivertown (from notes). Let me start out by saying that the draft version (which is always run on nitro) is a completely different - and FAR better - beer than the bottled version. Looks good; nitro reaction that turns black with creamy head as it settles. Smells solid; coffee, malt, and chocolate. Tastes like it smells, only better, and with a hint of vanilla in there. Good on the palate too. While I’m not a fan of the bottled version, this version is great!
Thewade (228) - USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 Nice porter. Easy to drink. Alcahol hidden well. I would’ve guessed 5.5% as opposed 7.8%. Light coffee and choc taste. Faint vanilla. Overall well balanced with a lot of different flavors going on.
MmmcKay (1038) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light for an imperial porter. Light roast and coffee. Some raw vanilla flavor. Dry. Not sweet at all. Kind of has a dank leftover coffee mug or pot aroma to it. Doesn’t smell fresh. Not so great. Refreshing though. Not heavy. Worth trying.
Gription79 (2005) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Notes of chocolate, sweet coffee, sour. This beer is off, maybe oxidized.
PorterPounder (4945) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to drowland for this.Pours a deep dark brown fading to black, light off-white head. Aroma has some nice earthy black topsoil essence to it, with a touch of licorice. Flavor has some coffee, a hint of licorice, some earthy black dirt essence. Mouthfeel is slightly dry and chalky which is nice. Best of the bunch from Rivertown that drowland shared with me - but still has a touch of that butterscotch noted in their other beers - just mixes in well in this case. .
drowland (5694) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6/23/12. 12oz bottle. Light brown pour with plenty of reds under a small tan head. Light caramel and chocolate in the aroma with bits of coffee and ash. Bolder, slightly sweeter flavor that screams milk chocolate with touches of coffee and breakfast cereal. Oddly high, bubbly carbonation. Interesting.