CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent dark brown with a thin light tan head, that leaves a fine lacing. Aroma has a light cookie dough and caramel presence with mild roasty malt and milk chocolate. Body starts with a nice sugary maltiness tending toward a slightly drier roasty finish with a touch of lactose. Nicely balanced and enjoyable, with good drinkability. Thanks TChrome!
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours dark mahogany color with a nice cream colored head and some light lacing. Aroma is all malt, chocolate and caramel just a hint of roasted nuts.
Flavor is nicely malty, but like other SKA beers, seems to be just a bit short on ingredients. These guys really need to amp things up to address the needs of the modern craft beer drinker. These beers might fly well in the Old Country, but fall short the New World. Rather thin palate as well.
Oh well Nefarious Ten Pin is good.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer spews from the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep brown with ruby highlights, the head portly in size and the consistency frothy with the color a winsome tan and the lace left over a thick sheet to obscure the glass. The nose has a light toasted aroma with a caramel and nut like sweetness, fresh and clean, the start is slightly sweet with a modest malt presence and the top a bit thin in its feel. Finish has a mild acidity and the hops pleasantly spicy, quite dry aftertaste, a pleasant albeit light porter in my estimation.
tomciccateri (938) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque, with a thick tan head. Medium-bodied where early hops are followed by rich chocolate and black malt falvors and a dry finish. Very easy-drinking.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with a thin head. Biscuits and some roasted malt in the palate. Thin body. Kind of mild for a porter.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a frothy light brown head that sits atop a dark, almost black, clear, amber colored beer. The aroma is fruity at first but then finishes with a solid roasted coffee bean note. The fruitiness again reminds me a bit of cherries. The taste is quite light. It is sweet with a lightly astringent roasted note in the finish. This is again a very light and easy drinking beer that seems quite appropriate as a session porter. This beer has notes of toasted biscuits, cherries, burnt raisins, and a hint of vegetal character perhaps.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle. Pours a dark dark brown with a heavy beige head. Aroma is an enticing roasted chocolate. Donít chill this beer! Drink it at room temperature. This is a very flavorful chocolate malt tasting ale. Body is medium, not too thick and not too thin. This might be one of the best balanced porters Iíve had in a while.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pored black baby! With no head and spotty lacing.
Aroma of roasy malt
FlavorOf roast ,light mals caramel.
Chocolate, fruit.. great on the palate!
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color of black leather. Nose of black licorice sticks, and burnt crust. Itís not rich. Iíd say thin, bitter and drinkable. Thin blackblack coffee, burnt malt, with enough sweetness to get it down. A good porter. It doesnít entice, it doesnít repel. Itís like a hometown chick you went to school with, youíve seen her around, might as well ask her out.
This went great with a dark glazed ham. I imagine it would cut a chowder really well. And with grilled cheddar/havarti on rye, with dill pickle, mustard, smoked fish....bring me a pitcher of this porter.
It says it was brewed with love. Iíd call it a good one night stand.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle tasted in a plastic cup in a hotel room: Appearance, well that much head in plastic makes me give it a 4 just because. The nose detects a lot of dark malts, sweet and caramelized with just a touch of smoke and mocha. Some floral and aromatic pipe tobacco qualities. The taste is straight forward porter, semi-sweet and nutty. Light bitters and smoke upon the finish. The feel is thin and fizzy, somewhat chalky. This porter does not bowl me over, just average (unlike itís big brother Nefarious which was excellent).