JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Narnad for picking me up a bottle of this. Pours black with garnet tints around the edges. Large tan head is mostly diminishing. Nose of toasted grain, balsamic vinegar, toffee, something metallic, and red grapes. Moderately sweet flavor is mildly nutty with some wet cardboard. Very low carbonation yet a decently heavy mouthfeel. I’m not picking up an cocoa, and the maltiness is just not there.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from badbeer. Thanks. poured a nearly opaque brown color with ruddy highlights. The head was a few fingers high and light brown with decent retention and lacing. Smelled mostly of cocoa, dark fruit, and subdued darkly roasted malt. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Tasted of predominantly of malty molasses, toffee, and cocoa with a hint of anise.
PorterPounder (5970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Eagan, Mn. - Old Chicago Pizza - on tap. Dark brown pour, medium thick khaki head with good lace. Neutral aroma. Flavor has some chocolate, licorice with a nice earthy finish of black dirt. Medium thick mouthfeel - overall pretty decent.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black colored body with a orange tinted dark khaki head. The nose is largely anise with some notes of bubblegum and milk chocolate and caramel. Each drink is dominated with mocha flavors, but the finish is anise. There is also some light tobacco and hay. Overall, this is decent, but fairly light for the style. However, I certainly enjoy the black licorice character in a lighter beer.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not bad. I was not expecting such a good beer, but I got it. The aroma was of chocolate, roasted malt, and a little sweetness. Body was medium to full with a well blended flavor profile from light prunes to chocolate roasted malt. Good brew.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent asark amber color,small off white head that faded uickly leaving little behind.The aroma was mildly malty with hints of chocolate and caramel.The flavor was not bad but not great either,nice notes of chocolate and a malted milk bal sort of thing going on in the flavor,The taste is somewhat fake for some reason almost has a planted feel over a feel that should have come naturally.It’s worth a try but little else.
kassner (1403) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice deep ruby color, nice head and good lacing, fragrance of burnt malt, big flavor with smoke and ripe fruit. Finishes clean. Too bad so much of the Schell sits around on the shelves out of date ruining their reputation.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber color with a creamy tan head. Strong aroma And flavor of roasted dark chocolate. Taste is relatively sweet but this porter slightly resembles a dry stout with it’s bitter finish. Get it while you can.
nuplastikk (4917) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Opaque black with a thin, steady head. Medium bodied, sweet chocolate licorice maltiness. Sugary and not that complex, a pretty timid example of the style. Lacks any real depth. Mellow carbonation keeps it smooth, but also further exemplifies the beers underwhelming characteristics. Creamy, not unlike a Milk Stout. True to style, in a bad way.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of cocoa, earth and leather, a bit of a nutty presence. Flavor is fairly nutty/earthy with a bit of chocolate (especially in the finish) and a sweet stickiness on the palate. This is good, but not overly complex. That said, it doesn’t fall toward the cloying end of the Baltic Porter spectrum, which is fine by me...