Sparky (2243) - 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 (2027) - 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 (2010) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a frothy, almost three-finger thick, light brown colored head that clings quite thickly to the sides of my glass as it slowly recedes. The beer is a nice, burnt, dark chocolate color, but if held up to the light it shows a dark, brilliantly clear, ruby colored luminescence in the depths of its dark body. The aroma has a nice roast fruitiness to it that is noticeable upon pouring it. Other aromas of chocolate, well toasted grain, burnt cherry & berry notes and lightly roasted coffee beans are noticed upon deeper inspection. The roast / dark malt notes can get a little sharp / harsh at times, but overall this is quite a nicely aromatic nose.
Lightly sweet, with quite a bit more body fullness than I was expecting. The sweet malt notes feel velvety even and this beer coats & clings to the mouth like one would expect of a much bigger beer. There seems to be a bit of an off flavor here, which is really a shame as the richness of this brew was really quite something. This off flavor is very subtle, but seems to contribute a mix of flavors reminiscent of burnt, cooked cabbage / broccoli and perhaps something a bit like spoiled watermelon. Up front this beer has a rich, chocolate flavor to it, but it gets more roasted and slightly burnt towards the finish where it picks up some roast bitterness, a light burnt grain acidity, flavors reminiscent of black and darkly roasted coffee. As the beer warms up a bit it loses a bit more of the previously subtle off-flavors and becomes even more like a chocolate elixir.
This would be an incredibly good Porter if not for that bit of off character. The texture is very nice (not too heavy, but still rich and satiating) and this beer reminds me quite a bit of Fullers London Porter, but more roasted.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson AZ
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark. Chocolate all around with a mildly dry finish. Consistency wasn’t overly thick, which is a good thing as sometimes Porters can simply get too heavy for their own good.
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If you can drink this beer in prison, I’ll go rob a beer store right now, because this beer was great. Black body, tan head, a great porter.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate. Flavor is chocolate. Thin but not bad.
shadey (1927) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle. Pour is a glossy black with a thin head of dark tan cream. Aroma is chocolaty and a touch of roast. Flavor is some bitter dark chocolate and something odd, maybe liquorish. Tight carbonation.