kaoaaolco (8) - ft meade, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick and deep flavor. Very chocolaty and malty. I really like this dark and comforting beer. Absolutely will look to buy it again.
klk343 (162) - - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A black beer with a tan head. Roasted malt, toffee flavours. Semi-sweet but also a tad bitter aftertaste. Heavy.
williamherbert (1509) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, dark chocolate brown. One finger of light brown head. It looks like a very legitimate porter. Leaves a decent lace.
Aroma is a soft, nutty malt: hazelnut, mocha, breakfast blend coffee with just a touch of sweet (but not too sweet) caramel. I’m shocked at how good the aroma is on this.
Taste is nutty, but less pronounced than the aroma. As it warms up, the coffee bitterness really explodes. The nuttiness balances the sugar/caramel sweetness very well. It’s almost like a coffee with cream but also a shot of espresso.
The feel is chalky and dusty. This is a very solid beer, I should hope that Saranac would keep it in their regular rotation.
ljayjohn (1) - Alabama, USA - AUG 30, 2014 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Slightly sweet and roasted smell with a nice dark and smooth appearance. good taste but overall a pretty normal and generic porter. Would drink it again but i would choose many other porters over this one.
kidobutai (643) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great frothy head, long lasting; delicious aroma, maybe cherry notes. Smooth going down.
mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a coppery black with a medium tan head. Little aroma, mostly malt. Notes of chocolate and roasted malt up front, bit of a sweet caramel aftertaste. One of saranac better dark beers
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle with a best before date of March 31, 2014, one of my friends gave this to me last week. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, char, and some coffee. I think the taste is just like the aroma, but the roasty/char flavor is the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light, it seems thin for a porter. With that being said, it is pretty easy to drink. Overall I liked this brew, it’s a good roasty porter that hopefully I’ll get to try fresher sometime.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours from the bottle with a rich, opaque, dark-chocolate brown color. The aroma is dominated by milk chocolate, but there are also some oaty grains and a little vanilla. The flavor is the liquid equivalent of burnt toast, though, with a grainy, assertive bitterness that overwhelms the chocolate. Even if they were going for a robust porter, there is too much over-roasted character to be enjoyed.
McGarnigle (624) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I give it credit for a nice roasty layer on top, but underneath it seems slightly empty, as though they didn’t use enough malts in between 2-row and chocolate malt. On the dry side.
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle. Roasty, toasty, scorched malt notes. Nutty with vanilla and light hops. Dark brown-black with creamy light tan lacing head. Medium body and carbonation. Starts medium dry with roasted barley, chocolate, vanilla, and light smoke. Medium bitter hops at the finish, with carbonic tang. Nutty bitter after.