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 (2466) - 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 (2887) - 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, baker’s 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 Elysian’s 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 (5014) - 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 that’s 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.