bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, light oak, and toasted grain. Flavor of vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and subtle oak.
Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at CBW 2011. Poured a dark reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, chocolate and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted chocolate and woody flavor with a medium sweet acidic finish of moderate duration. My expectations where not met.
patrick767 (3528) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap as "oak aged porter" at Brew Haven brew fest - Pours very dark brown with a mild roasted malt aroma that has hints of oak. Sweet malt is balanced by light bitterness. Roast flavors are joined by obvious oak. It’s medium bodied and an okay quaff, but not great.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours with a clear brown body with a small tan head that fades. Aromas of molasses, oak, vanilla, grainy, brown sugar, light toasts and a faint fruity ester. Flavors of molasses, vanilla, malty, watery. Light brown sugar. Low carbonation. Medium dry. Watery/thin. Bland.
brokensail (10640) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The beer pours a mahogany color with a finger of khaki colored head.
S: Definitely has some oak and vanilla notes to it. Light charred oak aromas as well as plenty of roast. There is quite a bit of sweet toffee and some mild fruitiness. A weird ash-like note on the back end.
T: Medium levels of sweetness, mostly in the form of toffee. The oak flavor is quite strong, but there is a bit of acidity to the beer and a weird flavor I cannot quite describe, perhaps spoiled chocolate?
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Not a bad aroma on this, but the flavor was a bit off. Wouldn’t have this one again.
shrubber85 (7314) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Light smoke, wood and chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut color with moderate head. Lightly bitter herbal hops and sweet toffee malt aroma. Okay but nothing great.
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Slightly roasted aroma with some very light and subtle oak. Roasted flavor at the start with almost no discernible oak flavors. Decent porter, but couldn’t really tell it was oaked.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, ruby dark brown pour with good lasting tan foam, aroma is malty chocolate, flavor is creamy, some bitter chocolate, malty finish
Mora2000 (5549) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the Holy Grail Pub.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is about what you expect from a porter. I get notes of chocolate and roasted malt with not too much else coming through. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get some cocoa and roasted malt notes but there is also a sour cream/sour milk note that doesn’t go with the rest of flavors. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Definitely a disappointment.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2011 On tap. Pours a dark brown/black with tan head. Aroma of baking cocoa, faint sour milk, dark roast and subtle oak. Flavor is much the same with a subtle dark roast bitter in finish. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not a bad Sam Adams offering.....expected a bit more but satisfied.