lukedarock (183) - Howell, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow great brew balenced well with a perfect amount of flavor, so smooth on delivery, tasty !
chucklemation (568) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Has a nice chocolate and malt aroma. Flavor is sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, and wheat. Has a medium body feel. Everything is balanced brilliantly. Delicious beer.
Mark_Eck (801) - - MAY 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black. Aroma is dark chocolate and some roasted malts. Taste is sweet but finishes roasty.
BelgianBeerGal (3245) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Zingermanís Roadhouse. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Light milk chocolate aroma. Great chocolate flavor with a full mouthfeel from the wheat. Very tasty.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
$2 single poured into a shaker pint (sue me.)
Appearance: Pitch black, like youíd figure a stout to be, not necessarily a porter. Two finger tan head looks great on top, but fizzles away quickly. Decent lacing. Pretty good looking beer.
Smell: First whiff was great when the head was bubbling away -- almost a chocolate milk aroma. After that went away, itís incredibly light. I pick up a faint metallic note, dark roasted malt, and some chocolate when itís cold, and then just a dark coffee/mocha sort of aroma when it warms up a tick... the metallic note dissipates. Nice.
Taste/feel: About spot on. I was worried that this porter would drink like a stout, but it drinks more like its name would indicate. Rather thin and light with a moderate amount of carbonation. Normally Iíd dub this a bad thing, but itís what Iíve grown to expect in a porter. The flavor is solid and interesting, but not overwhelming, which would make this an excellent session option. Plenty of roasted malt, a very pleasant semi-dark chocolate flavor, and sort of coffee and slightly char finish. A very slight bitter finish that makes me just want more, more, more.
Well, we have another winner from Shortís. Light, packing some great chocolate flavor, and I love the slight char/ash finish on it. I could see myself picking this up instead of Edmund Fitzgerald, to be honest with you. I just get a more interesting flavor out of this one with the chocolate and essence of coffee with the ash-like finish. More depth of flavor than that brew, in my opinion.
Evolutionary (302) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler pack from meijers Oxford. Nose is sweet malt and pours dark with mild head. Body is really like an oatmeal stout but the sweet cocoa finish changes it a bit. Wheat hints pale in comparison.
---Rated via my mouth
Clownoisseur (267) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a near-black with a mocha colored head, breaks into a thin cap a lace. Aromas are very warm and roasty. Chocolate pie on the nose. Taste is very rich. Very nice. Cocoa...a bit dry/chalky mouthfeel along with it. The grain bill is fantastic. Cereal, pie crust, graham cracker....more chocolate, but sweeter across the middle...a bit a char...and a mild hop presence to round out the back end. Not too bitter to distract you from the rich body. Very enjoyable beer.
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Deep brown with small head. Not quite a stout, but damn close. Lots of chocolate malt. Very tasty.
fattybladdy (617) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, appearance is thick and black. Chocolate, dark malts in the aroma. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, a bit smokey and pretty sweet. Faint bitterness.
MeisterD99 (27) - Lansing, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour. Pitch black color. Thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Palate is thicker, but not heavy. Nice flavor from dark roasting, just a touch of sweetness. Special part of this beer (for an IPA guy like me) is the nice hop finish...not found that often in porters. Is a short term brew so will enjoy it while itís here.