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 you’d 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, it’s incredibly light. I pick up a faint metallic note, dark roasted malt, and some chocolate when it’s 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 I’d dub this a bad thing, but it’s what I’ve 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 Short’s. 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 (469) - 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 (420) - 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 (4862) - 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 (628) - 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 (35) - 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 it’s here.
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour tan head. Fudge and nut aroma. Brownie like taste, fudge, hint of vanilla and hint of hops in the end for a nice finish. Medium body light carbonation. Good stuff.
superspak (4566) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was just released. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, toast, wheat, floral, herbal, light pine, and roasted/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, wheat, light coffee, herbal, floral, slight pine, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, wheat, light coffee, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice porter. All around good balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: dense, dark brown pour that appears much closer to black once it all reaches the glass; topped with a chunky, Styrofoam looking head, beige-tinted, that leaves a few spots of lacing as it slowly recedes. Aroma is fill of dark chocolate cocoa nibs, light malt roastiness, & a slight coffee bean undercurrent. Waves of rich fudge cake bring in the rear with a sweetness that leans close to residual sugar territory. Taste starts with some sweet baker’s chocolate, but actually has a quite roasty & predominantly bitter mid-palate & finish. A heavy, almost charred roasty character sweeps in with bitter dark cocoa beans, light anise, & a very faint bitter coffee grind flavor that lingers in the aftertaste. Thin for a wheat stout, but this year’s batch has much more body than previous releases. Seems more roasty than usual, too, but I like it. Very nice.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Good chocolate aroma. Black with a decent, light tan head that left great lace. Medium sweet and bitter. Medium bodied. Overall a good flavor and appearance.