wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think I tried this at the bottle shop. Iím entering a big pile of ratings from scrap paper. Very easy to drink. Handbottle. Chocolatey. Nice.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub on 6/30/09. Pours nice dark brown, cream head. Not strong aroma, but just hints of coffee and caramel. However, great complex flavor with and kaleidescope of roasted sweetness.
hallinghansen (1720) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RR. Black body, with a medium brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is coffee, tar, roasted malt. Nice.
dchmela (2539) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Russian River. Blackish red pour. Thick smooth chocolate malt, roasted grain taste. Roasted grain, coffee and chocolate aroma. Standard porter.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at RR. Deep dark brown color. Aroma is fairly standard for a porter--chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Flavor along same lines, plus a certain mustiness that is perhaps misplaced. Solid porter.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with red highlights. aroma is like the OVL stout (coffee, bakerís chocolate, beans), but lighter in nature. maltier and slightly sweeter flavor, mostly roast and coffee with some caramel. finishes with coffee, chocolate, and earthy hops. Medium-light bodied and creamy.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Elysianís SBW Firkin-Firkin throwdown (vs. Snoqualmie Falls Steamtrain). Pours dark brown with a decent frothy tan head. Interesting and complex smell/taste- chocolate, orange, floral notes in addition to the roasty malts. Nice and smooth with a floral/roasty finish. I really liked this- easy call for me over the Steamtrain.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to xmarcnolanx for sharing this gem of a porter. Pours very dark with a crimson tint and a nice tan head. The aroma has chocolate, vanilla, cream, roasty traits with no bitterness and no hops noticed on the nose. Medium body that is crisp and grainy with sharp forceful carbonation. The flavor starts with dark chocolate, but thatís quickly overtaken by lightly-harsh heavily-roasted malt and some spicy hops. The finish is quite abrasive (in a good way) with roast and hops. This is very nice and enjoyable.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this on tap from the Brewpub in Santa Rosa and filled my growler and my in-laws and I finished it off a couple hours later so this was fresh. It poured a very dark garnet red tending toward black with a very robust tan head and really thick lacing rings. The nose is roasted malts with chocolate and some pine hops. The mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. Flavor is very classic porter with the chocolate malts and hops now sharing the stage with some ripe fruit notes and coffee. The finish is lightly bitter. A very easy to drink porter and as you would come to expect from this world-class brewery very well done.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown with a brown head.flavor and aroma is a blend of chocolate,roasted coffee,and malts.pretty basic but good.