scarletfire65 (1109) - 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.
EvanFriend (417) - 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 (1558) - 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 (449) - 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 (4597) - 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 (15912) - 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.
klk343 (139) - - 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 (1384) - 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 (517) - 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.