vyvvy (3978) - 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 (3366) - 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 (1776) - 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.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a tan head. Aroma is roasty, light chocolate, caramel, cream. Taste is roasty, light chocolate, cream.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub: Deep brown/ruby hue with a dense light tan head. Chocolaty aroma- mild crystal malt back giving it a nice sweetness along with gritty roast. Creamy dense carbonation. Mildly sweet flavor of dark cocoa and nutty suggestions. Clean with a soft malt presence despite itís robustness. An easy drinker.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So letís try and fix the deleted rating thing. My original rating I think was around a 3.9, and from the batch brewed in (I think) December 2008. This rating is from the newest batch late March 2009. Clear very deep ruby brown with a one finger tan head, creamy but fading to a thick ring and film before long. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and a tinge more black patent than I like. The previous batch had some nice pine hops behind, but am having trouble finding them here. The flavor does have a little more pine hops, but not as much as the last batch, which is one of the reasons it was so good. I think the last batch was slightly more 3F Alpha Klaus-ish, but not near that hoppy. There is some chocolate again (I remember a little bit of Whoppers in the last batch that is absent as well). Dry finish with again, a little more burnt black patent than Iíd wanted. Bitterness was at a 3. Light to moderate carbonatiom with a medium-light body. It seems that this batch is missing that hoppy Russian River trademark (as well as another few things), which just puts this as a little above average for me. This latest batch the rating is probably @ a 3.3, so Iím attempting an average.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At RR, pours deep brown with two finger thick dark tan head. A bit muted in the nose, but some light coffee and roasted malt comes through. The flavor is full and smooth, with bittersweet chocolate, caramel, coffee and a hint of roasted malt. Creamy on the palate.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Black with a creamy tan head. Sweet roasty coffee and chocolate aroma and taste. With a nice silky smooth palate. Well done.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub. Dark brown with a beige head. Creamy chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Lots of chocolatey and toasty malt flavors with a hoppy, bitter finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A really tastey, hoppy take on porter, though it might be even better with a beefier malt profile.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. This dark brown ale poured with a miniscule tan head and a nutty aroma. There is a smooth roasted malt flavor with toffee and a little coffee. There is a slightly bitter hop finish, which is uncharacteristic for this style. Overall, very pleasant and drinkable.