Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured clear deeper brown with a very nice cap of tan head that stuck around for a while. The aroma had sweet milky chocolates and coffee with light roast to it.. some earth accents and the faintest medicinal notes. The flavor had dry-roasted sweeter chocolates with a base layer of sweet caramel.. the edges had light coffee and earthy bitterness.. simple, but on the tasty side. Medium-minus bodied and drier on the palate with coffee bitterness sticking around a little while on the finish.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Beertopia in Omaha, NE. Pours a dark chocolate brown (almost black) with a thin tan head. The nose is like a chocolaty nut brown with a light coffee note in the background. Light to medium-bodied and slick transitioning to prickly carbonation at the swallow. Chocolaty, nutty and roasty it finishes lightly dry with a somewhat astringent coffee/mineral conclusion. This is one of those sum-of- the-parts beers that comes together better than any of its individual components. Not bad.
geherald (8) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 29, 2008 does not count
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Water tastes metallic, like the beer is fermented in rusty steel drums. Aroma and appearance are the only things this beer has going for it and they aren’t enough to overcome the dismal flavor. This may be Santa Fe’s best beer, but that isn’t saying much. How did this win a Gold medal at the World Beer Cup? Someone must have called in a favor.
highibus (755) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice deep black with thin tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt and slight licorice. Flavor is bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Nice lingering malt bitterness. A little thin on the palate but overall is real nice.
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.