scarletfire65 (1272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Winter Variety 12 pack. Very dark brown, almost black. Frothy mocha head. The aroma is ash and wood, with a very distant hint of chocolate and alcohol. Medium bodied, great porter flavors of wood, roasted malt, light coffee, slight acidic twang. Finishes dry and bitter, Saranac offerings usually lean towards astringent hopping, and this is no exception, but it comes across well. The mouthfeel is lean and well attenuated.
garrison (807) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the "Saranac Twelve Beers Of Christmas" 2015 variety 12 pack that my galpal Nancy gifted me with... this is a decent, sessionable porter, with a nice coffee/mocha bitterness. Could be a bit longer lasting on the palate, though.
radio_nowhere (1323) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from ’Beers of Winter" pack into pint glass; deep, near opaque, dark ruby brown color with creamy beige head. Aroma notes of roast malt sweetness, dark roast coffee, bakers chocolate and tad caramel. Taste adds more espresso coffee notes, dark chocolate, ash and earthy bitterness. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, tad chalky with coffee roast finish. Overall a solid textbook porter, only real knock is the palate.
JDBaker11058 (1737) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
appearance: dark brown, short creamy light tan head. aroma: suitably roasty, with dark chocolate and coffee, maybe a bit of vanilla. taste: coffee first, then a bit of dark chocolate and finally a dose of pine. finish: dry and roasty, smooth and with a bit of those piney hops and dark chocolate lingering. notes: A perfectly fine porter for an unseasonably warm November day. Good palate, balanced flavors.
Dogbrick (10707) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with a medium frothy beige head that diminishes quickly to a film. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate and slight hops. Light body with flavors of chocolate malt, mild coffee and a touch of hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
EvanFriend (463) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty generic porter, strongish coffee notes are dominant, some floral hop notes as well.
Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprising hop presence in this, almost plays off like a black IPA. Nice roasted malt flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate. Tastes better than it smells. Cola-esque in appearance, with thin bubbly head.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a wonderful dark chocolate porter with a tan head that is smooth with an aftertaste.
obguthr (5243) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2015
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No aroma. Black, medium tan head. Dry, cardboard and charcoal, weak. Finishes with walnut. Light body, moderate carbonation. Underwhelming.
Travlr (19477) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep opaque brown color, coaxed beige head with solid lacing. Huge chocolate aroma. Taste is coffee grounds, espresso. Thin to medium body. Very nice.
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.