Lemke10 (683) - 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 I’m 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 aren’t the most popular beer out there. Maybe it’s because it’s 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, it’s just lacking that “wow” factor taste wise.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, 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.
Ericular (495) - 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.
felsenpils (95) - 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.
burgy (454) - 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.
madvike (2584) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours dark brown with a foamy light tan head. Smell is dry roast, with a bit of ash and coffee grounds. There’s a little roasted nuttiness in there as well. Taste is smooth and roasty, with notes of charcoal and a touch of milk and vanilla. Really smooth and silky in the mouth with a good carbonation level. Wow...really surprised at the low scores on this one. I thought this was a smooth, easy drinker with a nice, straightforward roasty malt base.
wlajwl (3565) - 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.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest. Pour is deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, coffee, and light roast. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla and nuts. Overall body is somewhat thin for the style and finishes with light roasted character.
Brigadier (2830) - 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 isn’t a complex or rich beer. I can’t pinpoint anything glaring about it except that it is bland. In the end this is one of those forgettable beers that I’d think nothing about except for the notes I took.
nuplastikk (4133) - 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.