SinH4 (978) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Black color with tan ring. Aroma is proper coffee, chocolate, some vanilla. Taste is very dry coffee chocolate, a bit dusty, some vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel, feels light with still a full body. I love this one!
Prufrockstar (1468) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at SARA. 100th percentile porter? Wait till I get a shot at you. Clear deep mahogany pour with thin ring of white head. No lacing. Aroma: sweetened Vietnamese coffee with vanilla and cream. No fucking way is this a porter. So I have a sip: maybe I’m mistaken ... Subdued like a porter, has the texture (thin and watery compared to the beverage the nose evokes, but also reasonable for a porter). Coffee (not at all harsh), sweetness is light to moderate (very much held in check), moderate but balanced bitterness. Texture is a bit chalky in spots; lively-ish carbonation. Lasting smooth coffee finish. Light caramel burps. Overall: I’d still have a hard time considering this a porter, but regardless it’s a pretty fucking tasty coffee-vanilla beer. Would take it over surly coffee variants in a heartbeat (not a knock against them - just trying to anchor this against other experiences).
jredmond (6156) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at SARA with Linh. Pours a deep blackish brown body with thin tan lacing. Aroma is rich espresso, coffee bean, vanilla and earthy roast. Incredible nose! Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy with notes of vanilla bean, earthy coffee roast, light chocolate and light malt. A tremendous porter.
dfroms (476) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the source. Pours a deep mahogany. Aroma is fruity espresso, bitter chocolate, brownie, caramel, light cherry, vanilla, oak. Taste is moderately sweet with baker’s chocolate, coffee, moderate bitterness, toasted marshmallow. Almond-like nuttiness. Reminds me of Hill Farmstead Earl with an addition of vanilla. Great.
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is awesome. Drank at the brewpub. Pours black with small to medium head that fades to a ring. Aroma and taste are espresso, fudge, vanilla bean, coffee, perfect roast. This porter is fuller bodied, refreshing, and awesome.
baraciisch (2291) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black in color, light tan head... Aroma of fresh roast coffee, vanilla, dark roasted malts... Flavor is roasted coffee, vanilla, dark malts... Mouthfeel is fairly thin... Decent
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AdamChandler (3527) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black. Not much head to speak of. Loads of fresh coffee and cocoa beans. Almost cookie dough brownie sweetness on the nose. I get oatmeal as well. Take a big gulp of this. You’ll thank me. The mouthfeel is bright and full. Bitter raw espresso bean finish. A touch of vanilla but not overpowering. Figs and tree fruit. Coffee is pronounced and generous but not overwhelming.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at SF beer week event in SJ. Aroma and flavor of vanilla porter, reminded me of Victory at Sea. Possibly less roasty than the former. Good beer.
HughConway (829) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the tasting notes. Glass at the tap room. Pours black, thin head. Aroma of roast and vanilla. Taste is roast and muted by vanilla. Pleasantly so. Finish is smooth. All around nice.
brokensail (12972) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Sante Adairius. Just about black in color with a khaki head. Aroma is sweet vanilla, plenty of coffee, and some chocolate and roast. A touch of cocoa powder and caramel. Plenty of sweetness to the flavor with a hint of bitterness. Coffee, vanilla, and lots of chocolate. Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate covered banana, and a hint of caramel.