IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, - JAN 8, 2013
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The smell hit me as I was pouring it, an artificial sickeningly sweet smell, like Oompa-Loompa barf, well, probably not THAT bad (not that I know what that smells like, who knows, might not be too bad) . Looks nice, a clear Mahogany color with a beige head. But that cloying scent is tough to get past. I’m not digging the taste either, initially very candy-ish, some hints of dark chocolate and coffee but it is buried behind this sticky sweet, funkiness. I appreciate the effort and like what they were trying to do, but it doesn’t work for me. I’m giving the second bottle away.
Elwood (3176) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oddly enough this one was a bit of a white whale for me. Anyway, it pours a very dark brown with a light brown head. Lots of caramel in the nose. Papery on the tongue. Sweet with plenty of caramel and a slight, non-descript bitterness that doesn’t really help round things out. Well, at least I tried it.
madvike (2733) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours mahogany with a ring of light tan head. Nose is caramel vanilla, sweet with lots of dark bread malt. Taste is lots of caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, and dark bread. Medium-thin body with high carbonation. Super caramel-forward and sweet, but okay in small doses.
MarkSachon (585) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Didn’t really care for the bitterness --- would have been better to err on the sweet side. The ’real’ caramel flavor did not come through for me.
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours dark brown with a deep red hue. The head is small tan in color and it makes some slick lace. It has a sweet aroma of caramel covered white bread. The flavor is simple and dominated by a heavy does of sweet caramel over some much lighter toasted bready malt notes. The flavor is almost candy like and fades slowly into the finish. Its palate is medium bodied and silky smooth. Overall its note bad but its one that I couldn’t see myself drinking more than one.
TheHopster (794) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Bottle). Perhaps last seasons vintage but this one fell short of average. Flavor was flat and stale with no resemblance to a porter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - MAY 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-12-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a large tan head. The head had a moderate amount of persistent but eventually faded giving a medium level of lacing.
Smell – Carmel is quite potent in the nose. There is a butteriness as well giving a mix of toffee in with the caramel. Some vanilla notes are also present with an ever so light roasted malt aroma as well. Overall the nose is quite sweet and nice.
Taste – While the nose was very heavy in caramel, the initial taste was not. It was largely of more roasted malt. As the taste advance however, a caramel taste became more and more prevalent; intensifying throughout the taste experience. Toward the end, the caramel is quite strong and mixes with some vanilla.
Mouthfeel – The beer is quite weak in body for the style with a bit of a higher then average level of carbonation. These two characteristics really hurt this brew. The weak body does not meld well with experiencing some of the more roasty flavors that complement the caramel sweet well. Also the carbonation level is a bit too high for this style and pulls away from some of the flavors even more.
Overall – The smell of the beer is fantastic, the taste good, but the mouthfeel was a hit to the overall quality of the beer. While the mouthfeel is not the greatest, for the price you pay it is not a bad beer and one that is well worth a try.
mcclainc50 (172) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours very thin dark brown color with a light head. Little aroma, mostly a bit of malt and caramel. Chocolate and caramel flavors in the front with a bit of a lingering sweet aftertaste, watery thickness takes away from the beer.
Beerathon (1167) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Disgusting! Thin, bitter, off putting chocolate/caramel flavors. Honestly the worst porter I’ve ever had.
thornecb (4400) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours mahogany into a Sam glass. Pancake head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Sour toffee aromas. Dry with sweet caramel and toffee upfront turning to sourdough before the lasting roasted nut and earthy hop finish.
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Twelve ounce bottle from Delhi Walgreens, tasted on December 12, 2013. Very dark--almost opaque brown color, strong caramel aroma undercut by a bleach-like smell, flavor of caramel followed by a sour blast and bitter finish. Maybe this was a little old. If it wasn’t, then certainly not to my taste--this might be worth trying if your taste is very different from mine, or if you can’t get enough caramel.