JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Obriens. Dark brown pour, light tan head. Toasted malt, toffee, chocolate, light coffee notes, and smoke. I really enjoyed this, a very good porter.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery: Clear and deep red-brown. Tasty chewy chocolate. Nip of sour-bitterness. Nice amount of roast and toast, too. Great balance overall.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown with deep mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a two finger frothy, soapy light beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that streaks the glass with sheets of soapy lacing.
This beer has a wonderful nose. The perfect amount of roasted malt balanced out by lots of chocolate, caramel, toffee, hazelnut and slightly burnt bread. Smokey enough without dominating the aroma.
Slightly smokey medium body with the perfect balance of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee and slightly bitter roastiness, bitter hops and lactic creaminess. Very complex, extremely well balanced and insanely quaffable. One of the best examples of the style I’ve ever had. Not to extreme yet not to light bodied. I could session this beer all night. Highly recommended!
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 (6662) - 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 (3207) - 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 (2901) - 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 (1862) - Cupertino, 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.