a_cross (600) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, almost black; large but rapidly dissipating off white head; aroma of roast malt, bitter coffee, hot chocolate; taste is roast malt; bitter; smooth; ok, if a bit one-dimensional; I could have murdered a bag of frazzles with this.
jbuskirk (436) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sierra Nevada has established quite a reputation for making aggressive, West Coast style ales. While the brewery has certainly made a name for itself with hoppier brews, many of its darker beers are overlooked. Porter is one such underrated example. The brownish-black body is pitch-perfect and it acquires a lovely mahogany glow when held up to light. The tan head is sublime as well. Aroma is a little on the light side but you’ll be able to pick up pleasant toasted barley smells. To describe the flavor of this porter, Sierra Nevada uses the word "roasted" four times on the bottle’s labeling. It’s an apt descriptor, this ale does indeed have a rich bittersweet roastiness that points to coffee. Yet, it also features flavors of caramel, hazelnut, subtle vanilla, and spicy chocolate. Despite its complexity, Porter has a medium body and creamy (moderately sticky) mouthfeel. Given the price and availability, this brew deserves a lot more attention.
Jorn69 (911) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska (350ml) från Systembolaget (31:-). Rostad malt och humle, kaffe och choklad, sötma och en hel del lakrits, medelbeska, medelfyllig. Avslutningen är något besk och torr tillsammans med kaffe och rostade toner.
dlbeer (775) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of dark malts and slight smoke. Tastes of the same with some chocolate and coffee.
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HammerTroll (450) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely dark bodied with minimal tan head. Coffee nose. Aroma is coffee, caramel, hops, cocoa. Bitter sweet coffee finish. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. All in all, a great porter.
(Svijet piva 0,33l bottle)
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog. On tap at Green Lion Inn December 2010. Roasted caramel, bread, hay and coffee
hopmelt (175) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, reddish hues on edges, thick of white half finger head. Aroma subdued roast, bready malt, caramel and toffee malt, slight earthy hops. Taste roast malt, slight stale coffee, bready malt caramel and toffee, very slight bittering. Mouthfeel medium body and carbonation, slight roast spiciness, slight dry finish. Overall good beer, within style, tasty and drinkable, nothing stands out.
CharmCityCrab (149) - Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes highlight a medium body beer. Very slight cookie dough aftertaste. Been a while since I’ve had a good all around porter. There’s not much in my price range. 1,000 times better than the Sam Adams Holiday Porter (Granted, I have a much lower opinion of that than the general public), and significantly better than Yuengling’s macro style porter (Not its actual name). This hits all the right notes and is a good example of the style. Sold in 6-packs right next to the SN pale ale and torpedo at the same price, got it on sale for even less. What this isn’t is a very heavy beer that doubles all the ingredients and the booze and tries to be something that will warm you up after ice fishing in the arctic, with the complexity of a rubix cube (Well, those cubes seem complex to me, anyway...). Its just a nice basic sessionable porter with the tastes you’d look for in a porter that doesn’t feel watered down or like too many corners were cut. They also avoided the trap of hopping it up a ton just to follow trends that contradict the style. It won’t win porter of the year, but its the only widely available example of the style without obvious drawbacks that is in the Sam Adams/Sierra Nevada price range on down that I am aware of.
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours black with an aroma and taste of roasted malt, coffee, and caramel. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and one of the better porters I have had.
angel77 (909) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 33 cl en la Abadia. Leon agosto de 2013. Color marrón muy oscuro con reflejos rubí. Espuma beige poco persistente. Aromas tostados con notas de pasas, ligero chocolate, frutos del bosque. Según va cogiendo temperatura se aprecian ligeras notas de galleta y vainilla. Ligera carbonatación que junto con un cuerpo medio de 5.6 vol no muy intensos la hacen fácilmente bebible. Ligeramente dulce al inicio junto con sabores tostados, conjunta perfectamente con un también ligero amargo de 32 Ibu´s. Una porter ligera, fácil de beber y con sabores ligeros, sutiles e interesantes. Para repetir.