JoePeesie (920) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark deep brown with an off white head. Nose and taste are of coffee, malts and hops. Fairly generic, nothing really special IMO. Nothing bad, but a better cooking beer than drinking beer for my money.
mrjaxson (418) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
It might be hard to find a porter with a thinner, lighter body. Peninsula Porter looks pretty enough after the pour, but the nose is just a bit of caramel and the taste is a hint of sweetness. There’s not very much here--including alcohol. I’m relieved that just a single bottle of this was in a Christmas gift variety six-pack and there are no more to get through.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown with a small light beige froth. Aroma has chocolate, some candyish caramel and molasses notes, not much roast, a note of vanilla. Flavor starts sweet and chocolatey, a bit milky, again not much roast, a touch nutty, finishes quick and a slight bitterness. Medium creamy body and a soft carbonation. Definitely an odd example of a porter, not wholly unpleasant but not very close to style.
Brigadier (3410) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle
Shipwrecked isn’t known for good beer and this one is no exception. Thanks to Tom for the bonus in a recent trade. Giving it a shot before cracking open some better stuff my expectations were about on par with the experience. Short on depth the flaw here is that the flavors are thin as if diluted with lake water.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid black, the beer sits idly as if trying to hide in the corner at a popular bar. Black licorice, malt, and a bit of thin coffee try to spark interest. Even after the nose alone I get a bit bored.
Flavor / Palate - The thinness extends to the mouthfeel which feels like watered down coffee the day after it was originally brewed. The light touch is mild. The whole time I keep expecting something to change. If it were a bit stronger it might be a good example of the style. Currently it is an example of how not to make a porter while still following the recipe.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Nice vanilla and mocha nose. Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very roasty and well hopped–burnt and moderately bitter. A little cardboardy, but not enough to be annoying. Finishes up much the same – scorched and mildly bitter with a hint of cardboard. Nice effort. Hey, thanks Dad!
Frank (3718) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a fairly middle of the road porter on the lighter side w/ some minor flavor flaws that do not affect drink-ability too much. It is mildly oasty and a bit on the sweet side but not so much so that that it’s sticky or cloying. Underneath the surface there is a hint of buttery flavor which may or may not be diacetyl but is nonetheless not strong enough to be distracting. Palate is smooth but a touch on the watery side w/ carbonation that is perhaps just a bit too mild. i like what they were trying to do here which is make a lighter but still flavorful beer but the execution is not quite there. This stuff in new to my area so hopefully that means the brewery is new or recently expanded and we’ll see this come together a bit better in the future.
crossovert (10314) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was surprised by this one, by far the best brew in this brewery’s lineup. It has a roasty aroma, chocolate in the flavor. It is a bit smoother and waterier in mouthfeel for the style, but it is extremely drinkable.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle; clear, dark brown with thin dark tan head; light, dry roast with a little chocolate and dry oat; drinks thin and bone dry; more roast than your average porter, so I’m digging that; flavor profile is a little light though; some more body too and this would be killer
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour with a light tan head. Aroma-roasted malt. Taste- little creamy, low carbonation, roasted malt, a bit thin! Little sweetness, not much. Nice lacing.
Jakebra (22) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Roasty. Nutty. Where’s the porter? Tastes like an overbearing brown ale. Oh well, not offensive in any way.