chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good black color, nice creamy head and some surprisingly good lacing. A little red highlight at the bottom of the glass too.
Smell is sweeter and typical for a porter with little complexity. All good I feel.
Taste is rounded and subtle with a distinct lack of bitterness and a very nice smooth feel. Too often I find American Porters to concentrate on the bitter, hoppy, dark coffee flavors rather than the smooth silky nature of the style. This is a nice exception. Tasty hops present but in the background.
Mouthfeel is good, with a medium average body and more than average smoothness for the American version of the Porter.
A surprisingly nice porter. Great for everyday drinking around the Christmas Season.
pacv27 (53) - - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty with hoppy afternotes. Noticiable hints of spice along with burnt coffee and chocolate.
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"higher level of complexity than many porters, but that alone doesn’t make it any better. that said, it’s a pretty solid, robust porter, true to the style. great for the holidays."
Darkmagus82 (2052) - - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-8-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown colored beer with a huge tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention fading over time as the big bubbles within pop and in the end end leaving a good level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate, sweet caramel and some coffee aromas. Rounding out the smell is a light nut and spice aroma.
Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt and some chocolate up front. As the taste moves on, a coffee flavor develops more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the coffee is a lighter caramel taste. While these flavors all last, they are joined by some spice flavors more toward the end. Along with the spice, and complimenting them well, are some earthy and herbal hop flavors that when combined with the coffee and chocolate leave a pleasant spiced and roasty flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body is great for the roasted and dark flavors as well as for allowing the lighter hop and spice flavors to be detected nicely in the absence of a high carbonation.
Overall – A nice holiday take on a porter that is very smooth and drinkable with a nice light hop flavor. A great widely available winter brew.
generallee08 (759) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body has a dark brown almost black appearance with deep crimson highlights when held up to light. Its has a stiff, creamy thick tan head on top that has very good retention and leaves lots of thick tan lacing on the glass. The aroma fills the nose with lots of roasted sweet malts. It has a wonderful full body that starts creamy and sweet on the palate. Quickly more roasted flavors take over with notes of burnt caramel and coffee. There is a quick flash of hop bitterness in the middle before the sweeter roasted flavors take over and fade off slowly into the finish. The texture is full and smooth on the tongue with soft carbonation.
triplehopped (54) - - MAY 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep black with a light tan, medium head; average lacing. The aroma is sweet, roast malt. Taste is medium bitter, with a hint of sweetness. Medium bodied, somewhere between oily and creamy with an above average carbonation (at least from this bottle) and a slightly bitter finish. Overall, a pleasant porter.
gopherfan99 (983) - CROATIA - MAY 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the seasonal pack, dark pour with a tan head, sweet with chocolate, caramel, and malt with a very light bitter finish, decent porter
scanny24 (7) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A good Porter, though nothing special. Little chocolate taste, typical color. Not bad, but not great.
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very impressive light tan head--a full three fingers thick. Initially I didn’t see any lace, but as the drink progressed, the lace became more pronounced
Chocolate and cream aromas. There’s also a touch of oily alcohol.
The chocolate comes through in the taste, almost like a bittersweet hot cocoa. Very rich body, the carbonation seems a little below average. This has the consistency of the root beer float. I’m having trouble picking up the hop, but can tell it’s present because the beer is well-balanced. I recommend this porter.
Brandon1989 (437) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a very dark brown with some ruby on the edge of glass. the aroma is chocolate and licorice. the taste is similar and for some reason i just didn’t really enjoy this beer.
firefly765 (186) - - JAN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle pours a very dark brown almost black with a reddish hue. Light khaki creamy head. Some nice lacing. Aroma of licorice and chocolate with some Earthy undertones. Seems a bit highly carbonated. A Rich coffee chocolate licorice flavor. Seems like it's lacking something though. Good not great.
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