ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is one roasted black monster of a porter, at least in appearance, boasting a rich, medium-brown head. It looks especially bad in an English Pint glass. It smells of rich, roasted malts, with more roasted coffee grounds than chocolate and a touch of caramel candy. It smells about as expected for the style, but a little deeper and slightly more complex than your average porter.
In the mouth itís a little too thin on the palate, though, offering a warm, bitter overall experience rather than a full, enjoyably rich, thick and roasted flavor. It seems like itís too thin for the heavy amount of roast. Had this been a little thicker, the heavy roasted bitterness would be easier to handle. And if this didnít have such a bitter roasted malt flavor it would be a very easy to drink and enjoyable, light porter. It seems to be on the fence between two worlds and is a little awkward because of it.
Although it has somewhat of an enjoyably dry, roasted finish, itís the excessive bitterness in the finish that kills the overall experience. Iíd like to blame it on the hops, but I canít at only 46 IBU. I drank this at the 50 degrees as suggested by Rogness, but Iím thinking this might be better colder. The bitterness just isnít that good at warmer temperatures with this low of an ABV.
jkwalking05 (4185) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a decent tan head. Aroma is like being packed away in a cardboard box full of packing peanuts in the attic for a few days...and roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, toast, like chewing on a chalkboard, coffee.
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is black in color, ok an head, and dark. The smell is really roasty, malts, styrofoam, dry, and dusty. The taste is dry, dusty, malts, really roasty, and good.
deyholla (7995) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to secret Santa! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a strong roasted malt note with a bit of coffee and underlying bitter dark chocolate. Flavor starts with strong roasted malts and dark chocolate but finishes with dark coffee and a good amount of dryness.
Fratto (2835) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from RS Food Mart. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, and lots of coffee. Taste is ash, chocolate, and maybe a little more coffee.
Strykzone (5501) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big rich tan head slowly fades but never completely so. A roasty coffee aroma. Coffee and roasted notes dominate but dry powdeted chocolate can be tasted. Hops enhance nicely with fairly big bitterness and citrus. This is right down the middle for an American porter. Nicely done.
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder, and dry. Very nice on the palate, coffee, grainy chocolate, smooth finish.
degbert (1345) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque brown-black with a brown, high, creamy head. Nose is spiced coffee, baking chocolate, and a faint savory edge -- almost like garam masala. Very dark on the tongue, but not at all heavy; thereís richness, but no real oiliness on the palate. Itís a good, basic porter. Sometimes thatís all I want.
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a large tan head. The aroma is full of milk chocolate with some roasted malt thrown in. I also get a slight him of coffee in the aroma. The flavor is similar. There is a bitter roasted malt and chocolate quality that really comes through strongly. Medium mouthfeel and medium to high (prickly) carbonation. A very nice porter. My only minor complaint is that I wish there was a little less carbonation.
Beerenberger (1564) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of roasted malt, meat, coffee, and chocolate. Pours a deep black with a none lasting tan head and minor lacing. The taste is roasty, meaty, slightly bitter coffee, a hint of sweetness and a nice bitterness in the finish. Medium- full body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very robust and enjoyable porter.