fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown/black, roasted malts, chocolate, little coffee, little nutty, little tobacco.
drfabulous (3824) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Russian River. This should be bottled. Very chocolate/roasty taste to it. Nice body. Enjoyed it.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Russian River. Pours a dark chocolate-brown color; creamy light-tan head with good retention and gorgeous lacing. Nicely toasty aroma: heavily roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light tobacco / dried dark fruit notes; toasty, dense, beautifully crisp nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: heavily roasted / lightly charred malts, pleasantly bitter chocolate; very toasty, very dry and bitter chocolate notes; really solid, highly sessionable porter; very solid and well-roasted. Lengthy finish: loads of dry toastiness, bitter dark chocolate.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottle from growler courtesy of Irishboy - Pours a brown color with a half finger thick tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, and light coffee and chocolate. Flavor is much of the same. I get a good dose of chocolate in the finish. Palate is a little thin. Overall, a nice beer. Thanks Richard.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Firkin @ Elysian Capital Hill - another highlight from SBW, though this one was a little bit of a letdown; lovely chocolate nose with very thin texture and flavor profile overall; kind of watery and flat; some roast and chocolate flavors, but this one was all in the nose; still hold out hope to try again at the source
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. I’m 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 (1853) - 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 (2600) - 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.