kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 12 oz bottle via kramer17801 (thanks!). Pours a midnight black with a small tan head. nose is mostly roasty chocolate,espresso, plum, and vanilla. mmm, this is an exquisite porter. The robust in the name fits this perfectly. Very tastey bittersweet roasted cocoa and coffee are the predomant flavors. This is REALLY ghood stuff. Gotta find some more.
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with tan head woth decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Taste is of the same. It goes down smooth a real good porter.
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #728)
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black body with a medium-sized creamy brown/mocha head and lacing. Killer aroma- oily hops, thick chocolate, oats, and vanilla notes. Tastes quite rich and full for the strength. Very oily and inky with plenty of bitter chocolate creaminess and roast. Finishes green and leafy. Superb complexity.
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW, this is a sweet beer. This is huge smoky chocolate malts. Big bitterness. I don’t think there is a difference between stouts and porters but this is hugely flavorful, and I think that’s what the difference is. Porters are more bold. This is an imperial stout without the alcohol. Other than Alpha King, I can’t think of another higher rated beer of normal alcohol %. I think this beer is super fresh too.
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle] Pours a deep reddish black color, with a thick coffee colored head. Dark, roasted malts with some bitter coffee/chocolate flavors. Nice woody flavors emerge towards the end. A very complex, drinkable beer.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap-pours a tan head. Color is black with red tint. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/licorice. Taste is coffee, dark malt-chocolate/licorice, secondary hops bitterness. OK carbonation.
molarade (2) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 Pours a beautifully opaque near-black with a two-finger tan to light brown head. There is an immediate chocolate and, surprisingly, raspberry nose which relaxes after about half a minute to a nutty, coffee aroma. Definite hop presence. As it warms, burnt toffee prevails. Taste is upfront molasses and coffee with a nice hoppy bitterness. Sweet malt is always present but never shouts. A solid mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The long finish favors bitter over sweet. The head dimishes to a fine layer but never leaves. Smuttynose has nailed a porter with a lot of character that could easily be a session beer. Very well-balanced and thoroughly enjoyable.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark black pour w/ a thick cream of wheat looking brown head. Well roasted notes, tons of semi sweet chocolate chips lots of malts some light bitter coccoa powders. Palate is well coated, lightly oily and chewy. Flavor is lots of bitter chocolates a good roasty malt flavor and a dry finish. A very nice porter.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Everything you expect in a porter: roasted chocolate and coffee, big on the malt, a little bit of bitterness. Except here it’s all balanced beautifully. Excellent.