illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown, almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and licorice. Evenly balanced flavors of unsweetened bakers chocolate, molasses, licorice. Dark roasted malt comes through in the finish, which is bitter and slightly dry. Not bad and pretty interesting. One of the better ones in the 4 pak.
hopscotch (10523) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle... Hazy, caramel-colored ale with a small, fizzy, beige head. Decent retention. The nose is of cocoa and molasses. The flavor is chocolatey and moderately bitter, but thin and dull. Light to medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish with a hint of salt at the wee end.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poaurs a deep dark brown with a light tan head. The aroma has notes of licorice, molasses, and a touch of roasted coffee. The flavor starts with a bit of molasses, followed by a roasted coffiesh. The finish is nice with a note of licorice on the palate.
pineypower (2957) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a dark brown with a small head. Was expecting the aroma to be more powerful, but it really didnt’ have much on the nose for me maybe a weak note of roasted malt. Flavor was roasty with a few notes of the molasses, but not really much. Not a bad beer but it definitely lacked something
PhillyBeer2112 (2710) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t know if this is an attempt to recreate Washington’s homebrew recipe for porter ala Yards Brewing/City Taver, but its similar, yet not as good. This features an initial licorice and roasted malt aroma, followed by a flavor that is mostly roast and bittersweet chocolate, with a dry finish. Its a touch tart, giving it that primitive raw feel these Brewer Patriot series beers have. Soft fluffy mouthfeel. Burnt purple color, nearly opaque with a thick off white meringue for a head. Nice and unique porter.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with the Mad Indian. Pours dark with a large cola colored head. Aroma of roast, nuts, and coffee. The flavor is smooth, sweet upfront, roast, coffee, nice light finish. This beer i thought had the best body of the sampler pack, and in my oppinion was the best of the four.
beerbomb (221) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Licorice molasses porters are not bad. Pours with solid tan head, dark brown body. Smells sweet, musty, and a little smokey with a twinge of licorice. Flavor is not thick but presents each element sharply-smokey, molasses sweetness, mellow but sharp vegetative licorice, followed by woody sweet bitterness. Not the strongest brew ever but quality nonetheless. Historical points also. Overpriced though
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of licorice with some molasses. Looks nice though, dark brown or black body with tan thick head. Tastes off licorice and coffee and molasses... Not as strong as some porters, but I would not go so as to say that it is watered down. I’m not a fan of the licorice in a porter, though I know that it is not uncommon. This would be better without it in my opinion. It is not overpowering, but it would be better if it was a bit weaker. It’s an okay beer, but not worth the 2.50$ I spent (10$ for a 4-pack), but worth trying once.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
botttled. Wow, what an improvement over that last "root beer" shit, but that molasses carryed over and may have effected this rating. Still, I quite enjoyed it... great rocky cap and lasting lace. Heavy scent of malts, molasses, and a bit of smoke. Interesting combo, makes me want to brew a molasses porter. Would I have to add licorice to achieve the same result? Hummm, cause its there. Good shit that should be produced in a larger scale, IMHO.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very dark brown in color, opaque probably from the yeast with a thin, but reddish-brown head. Vegetal aroma with some pan roasted pepper seeds and Liquid Smoke (fake). Flavor and aroma are one, but in this case I would not necessarily call it a complement. This tastes horrible. The roasted pepper seeds I mentioned in the aroma seems to balance the sweetness in the beer but they hang on far too long. I know this would probably pair well with a Thai dish or even some obscure Szechuan food, but to drink it alone, I do not recommend.