paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap and on Cask, cask was a step above the keg version. Dark coco malt coffee. Richness to it. Top porter I’ve ever had. Great complex mid palate and nice finish. Texture was of course amazing as the cask conditioning really made this stand out. Keg version missed some of that but had all the complex aroma and mouth filling joyness. Really enjoyed this beer.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at obriens russian river night. Pours deep brown almost black with a thin dark beige head. Ots of chocolate and freshcoffee, some tosted malts. A pretty damn good porter.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Russian River brewpub in Santa Rosa.
Dry roasty up front with a nice roasty finish, this is a tasty porter
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RR. Pours a deeper brown with lots of amber notes and a smaller bubbly off white head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of a nice milk chocolate, lightly roasted malt, orange, hints of vanilla and light coffee. Flavor of chocolate milk with a touch of bitter dark chocolate, cappucino and toffee. Some orangey hop notes.
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark maroon to brown with a beige head. Smell is roasty and mildly malty. Taste is dusty, roasty, and mildly coffe like with a light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Standard solid roasty fresh porter and very enjoyable.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz handbottle from iowaherkeye. I’m guessing this was bottled from a growler but it has a nice big head and carbonation so no complaints. Pours a very rich black with a thick 2 finger tan head. Nose is fantastic with a huge punch of chocolate and toffee. Taste is rich with bitter chocolate and evocative chocolate malts. Cocoa is present as is a bittersweet quality. This is a fantastic porter. It wouldn’t hurt RR to bottle something unlike what makes them so famous, especially this, since I think it is damn excellent. Thanks Joey!
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado in SF. Nicely done porter, one I could drink all night. Dark brown, nearly black in color with tan head. Coffee, bitter cocoa, and roastiness on the aroma. Same on the flavor, lots of coffee and some licorice. Smooth mouthfeel.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown in color with a tan head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, and coffee. Nice flavor with a blend of the same above mentioned components. A good amount of earthy bitterness in the finish. Very good for the style.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Black with tan head. Aroma is roasted and somewhat sweet milk. Flavor is the same, soft mouthfeel, roasted, light chocolate malt, and english caramel malt.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easily my favorite regular tap beer at Russian River. The body was black with a tan colored head. The aroma was light coffee with some sweet pancakes. The taste was strong coffee with some dark chocolate. There was also some licorice and raisins.