daknole (7193) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
LCBS 2010. What a standout porter. Holy shit. Brown pour, tan head. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma. Flavor is so smooth. Chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt. Helluva porter. RR just kicks ass. End of story.
HonusWagner (890) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Exactly what a porter should be. Roasty, chocolate and coffee all over the place. Unbelievable drinkability. Not sweet, not too dry, nicely carbonated, great mouthfeel.
corby112 (2214) - 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 Iíve ever had. Not to extreme yet not to light bodied. I could session this beer all night. Highly recommended!
cgarvieuk (10912) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle at home ... Big thanks to iowaherkeye for this ... WOW ... this is only 5.5% is appears much stronger ... deep black thin tan head ... deep smooth chocolate malts... soft dark toasted fruits nose ... Rich roast malts again very smooth ... rich chocolate toffee ... good depth with quite a lot of hops in background ... Really quite stunning ... But id have put it much higher ABV... Realy nice beer to sink into
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of wavers1. Opened and shared at Dark Lord Day 2010.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head.
S: Plenty of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Nothing too complex, but very well done.
T: Similar to the nose in characteristics. Nice depth of the present flavors. Nothing earth-shattering, but at the same time very nice for the style.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
D: Quite drinkable, especially for the style. Thanks again to wavers1 for getting this out to me, as this is one I had been waiting to try for a long time.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 05-03-2010
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Alex for shipping this from RR and Sean sharing it with us yesterday.
The perfect porter session beer, makes me think this is what a good small pub English beer tastes like.
A dark brown pour, tons of carbonation in a light tan head, good retention and lacing...Aroma and taste are similar and awesome. Light coffee, nice roastyness, super tastey and super easy to drink. Kept coming back to this growler throughout the night.
Get some of this right away.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Might be one of the best beers iíve ever had, iíd quite possibly punch my mom for another drank. Without question the best porter I have ever had. Amazing balance of bitter, body, hints of roast, tons of chocolate, backnotes of coffee. simply perfect.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap and on Cask, cask was a step above the keg version. Dark coco malt coffee. Richness to it. Top porter Iíve ever had. Great complex mid palate and nice finish. Texture was of course amazing as the cask conditioning really made this stand out. Keg version missed some of that but had all the complex aroma and mouth filling joyness. Really enjoyed this beer.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz handbottle from iowaherkeye. Iím guessing this was bottled from a growler but it has a nice big head and carbonation so no complaints. Pours a very rich black with a thick 2 finger tan head. Nose is fantastic with a huge punch of chocolate and toffee. Taste is rich with bitter chocolate and evocative chocolate malts. Cocoa is present as is a bittersweet quality. This is a fantastic porter. It wouldnít hurt RR to bottle something unlike what makes them so famous, especially this, since I think it is damn excellent. Thanks Joey!
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ OíBrienís San Diego
The beer in its comforting pint glass appears black as midnight, the head a soft chocolate crown, the lace a concealing curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweetly malt, nicely toasted grain, fresh and inviting with the start sweet and malty, top is moderate in feel. Finnish is benign in its acidity, the hops delectable, dry and somewhat sweet aftertaste, a damn good porter in my book, and had to have three or four pints as itís just too good to pass up.