Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is my first Rush River review so Iím super excited. In all, Rush River only has about a dozen beer offerings so they are a pretty small and precise brewing operation located in River Falls, WI. Not really sure what to expect as you never really hear anyone says anything good or bad about their beer.
It pours a dark brown color with a beige head that lingers around for a while. It has a mild robust scent of roasted malts, coffee, toffee, and caramel malts. Nothing exciting here, just your classic porter scent.
The taste has elements of a heavy beer, but it still drinks rather light. There is a little bit of roasted malts and coffee in the taste but far from being bold. It finishes with a chalky, coffee after taste. This is a good beginner porter to see if you like the style, but it really could be more robust, flavorful, and thicker in texture.
Porters certainly arenít the most popular beer out there. Maybe itís because itís just really hard to make a good porter? This was a pretty good attempt by Rush River but as I said, it has room for improvement. It has great drink-ability, itís just lacking that ďwowĒ factor taste wise.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com
fiercepanda (598) - Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark red-brown beer with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and light chocolate with some fruitiness. The flavor is fruity hop, slightly bitter, and roasted malt.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Eric. Aroma is belgian chocolate, cedar chips, and slight apricot. Pours chocolate brown and a bit on the light side. Taste was bitter coffee, cheap chocolate, and a sour iron finish. Mouthfeel is almost tart and in general, far too light. Was not impressed.
felsenpils (117) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2014 12 ounce bottle. Pours black with off-white foam. Good malt body and flavor. Not nearly as bitter and intense as many micro-porters. But Porter is not supposed to taste like a Stout as so many do. I like this one and the only thing that I miss is the ester aroma found in Porters brewed in England.
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Red hued brown-black. Thin, creamy beige head. Medium bodied, mild Porter. Not a whole lot going on, leans into some fruity caramel and amber malt tones. No real hop depth, just some slight bitterness. No real malt depth either, none of the rich chocolate tones you might hope for either. Rindy, coffee grinds flavor. A disappointment, not unlike a soulless Mild.
Ericular (686) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours very dark with quickly fading head that almost disappears with spotty lacing. Aroma is heavily roasted smoky malts and a little chocolate - pretty sweet and not bad. Taste is weak, unoffensive, a little bit of roasted malts coffee, a little alcohol. Not a lot of carbonation, and the body is thin. Dry finish with just hint of roasty aftertaste. A pretty mild porter.
GT2 (8755) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355mL thanks to jmikolich. Pours a clear, deeper brown looking blackish in the glass. Suddy, large bubbled, coffee head. Large formation, quick retention. Spotty, weak lacing. Nose is lemon iced tea, sweet tea, air freshener. Taste is small black olive, some cherry syrup, moderate cocoa and semisweet chocolate, gritty coffee. Drinkable. No big flaws save for the soapy/detergent aroma. Palate is thinner, not offensive, a bit quenching. Not too bad.
wlajwl (4066) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is dark grains/malts and a hint of sweetness and something undetectable. The flavor is coffee, cocoa/chocolate, dark grains/malts, mild sweetness and an acidic finish.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle
Despite what the bottle says this is a mediocre porter that pales in comparison to many alternatives available in Wisconsin and neighboring states. On par with most of the Rush River beers that I have tried it is not exactly flawed so much as dull. Thanks to a generous trader for sending it this winter.
Aroma / Appearance - The reddish black body is warm like a dying fireplace. An ashy white head is accompanied by thin legs. Anise, malt, and hard candy alternate between interesting and plain. Eventually powdered sugar and coffee win out as does the "meh" feel.
Flavor / Palate - The carbonated body is marred by a watery feel. Smoky coffee tries to carry it forward and does a so-so job. Powdered sugar and malt finish up what isnít a complex or rich beer. I canít pinpoint anything glaring about it except that it is bland. In the end this is one of those forgettable beers that Iíd think nothing about except for the notes I took.
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured out of 12 oz. bottle to tulip glass.
Aroma - Carmel overtones, heavy smoked malt, and baked dough yeast smell. Light overall smell but very pleasant!
Appearance - Dark brown, pours a strong tan head that does not last. Lacing is prominent.
Taste - Medium sweetness. Light Bitterness. Slightly salty with earth undertones.
Palate - Light bodied, with a thin viscosity and average carbonation. Sharp finish that does not last.
Overall - Nice and drinkable. Great smell, average flavor. The aroma is what makes me keep drinking; however if it this did not come in my sample pack I would not buy it on its own.