JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
There’s something funky down here, what it is ain’t exactly clear. Fruity, dark roast malt aroma. Nicely dark with crimson edges. Too much berry-like acidic fruitiness. Roasted finish.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the Papago Cooler. Very malty - malty to the point of too much. Lots of roasty malt flavors with very little hop profile to provide even the slightest balance. Slight metallic taste that I hope dissipates after some decanting.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted notes, and soil with a medium strength. Flavor is light soil with a hint of sweet chocolate, and a slight roast. Body is medium/thin.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a soapy brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee. Flavor is roasted coffee, chocolate, malt a touch of fruit. Pretty good porter.
Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lustrous chocolate brown topped with a thin film of mocha beige. Cinnamon, milk chocolate, moist graham cracker aroma. Like a stale s’more. Some tinny tartness and weird fruit. Flavor is smooth though somewhat sharp with lactic sweetness; with a firm swallow, lots of dry chocolate, barely roasted coffee and brown spices mingle briefly. Wild citrusy tanginess and rindy bitterness, seeming at times to linger on an uneasy balance of mineral acridity and sharp cinnamon sugar and maple syrup. Bit of pistachio sweetness as well; bright and unripened, recalling citrus peels and nutty oils moreso than pastry crusts. Medium palate is oily and soft with mild carbonation; finishes with a warm, crusty breadiness and a reticent, understated caramel sweetness. Spritzy, sugary fruit touches of fig, melon and citrus are too dominant throughout, effecting a prickly tanginess on an otherwise pleasantly smoky and autumnally dark, malt heavy experience. This one seems elusive in some way, as if some indescribable flaw is lending an inordinately degenerate character to this very drinkable porter. Thanks Joshua!
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a one finger light brown head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, alcohol and a touch of roasted malt. Palate is much the same: mild coffee, cocoa and roasty malt with a touch of hops in the end. Medium mouth feel with spotty lacing. Better than I thought it would be.
blklab2007 (2078) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle poured into a pint glass has a dark brown color bordering on black and a thick frothy one finger head that is light brown. aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, hazelnut, and caramel. mouth feel is medium with a higher carbonation frothing it up. flavor is lightly sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, and underlying hops. very well put together and easy to drink. i had seen there add in a beer magazine "state pen porter, just released" with the prison picture and there advertising worked as i remembered it and picked one up.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Trade. New State for me…Thanks! Very dark walnut pour that leans toward black. No head. Charcoal-licorice aroma with some sweet sharp fruit of some kind. Additionally I note some toasted caramel and honey. Not a bad tasting porter overall. There is a bit of toasty grain but it is over powered somewhat with figgy dark fruit and caramel. There is a touch of dry grain but it also finishes fruity. Lingering flavor in a good way. Med-full body, good carbonation, creamy. Quite enjoyable. Solid.
NMBeerMan (7) - USA - APR 9, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m a fan of this beer, served at my favorite bar in SF. It’s heavy enough you know it’s a porter, but smooth enough to have 3 or 4.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Dickinsonbeer. Dark Brown in color, almost black. Aroma: chocolate malt, and some caramel and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate, with some dark crystal malts, caramel, and light notes of dark fruit. Light to medium bodied.