porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle (brewed 2/06) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Pours thick and very, very dark brown. About 3 in. of tan head. Aroma actually pretty light: quite a bit of hops, some coffee, tiny bit of chocolate. Some spotty, weepy lacing. Has a rich, thick mouthfeel. Flavor is fairly dominated by the hops, but not the bittering hops, more of the aromatic hops contributing to the taste. This also gives it a grassiness which carries through the finish. Otherwise there is mostly bitter coffee. This seems like a quality beer in every aspect except somehow got overloaded with the wrong kind of hop contributing to an off-flavor.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(03.26.06) Stout/porter sampling with Scott, Tony and Walt at DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 12 oz brown bottle as gift from Thaichile. 5.7% ABV. Poured black with large long-lasting tan head. No discernable carbonation. Roasted malt in the nose. Medium bodied porter that starts with light malt sweetness and coffee/roasted malt flavors. Finishes dry with light roasted malt and bitterness fade. Flavorful and well-balanced, this is a very enjoyable porter that wins best of show in our six porter/stout sampling. Thanks Thaichile!
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. This one is smokey, nutty, and bitter. The tan head is clinging to the sides of the pint glass till the end. The finish is dry and nutty. This my favorite New England brewery... I should check out the brewery sometime.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Hairofthedog! Pours a clear, blackish color with a very small head and just a little bit of lacing. Aroma is rich and smoky with hints of roastiness. Flavor is roasty and smoky with a slight nut hint at the end. Slight bubbly and very light on the palate. Very enjoyable porter IMO.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black with some hints of red when held to the light. Head is average size, foamy and tan. Left some great lacing on the glass and sustained. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, caramel with a nice roasted malty sweetness. Flavors were very similar with some light bitterness as I would expect from a good porter. Flavor slightly more complex than aroma, but both were very solid.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Rich aroma of roast coffee and cocoa. Fairly balanced blend bitter chocolate, coffee, oats, with emphasis on roastiness. Pleasant and full lingering bitter finish. I usually do not like too much roasted flavors in my porters, but this one was nice.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic grape malt, cherry chocolate aroma, wonderful, chocolately fruity, and roasted coffee bitterness,body was a touch thin,but this is one of the best porters I have had in a while really rivals my favorite E. Fitzgerald
BruderMichael (13) - Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark chocolately color with nice hop nose and bite. Very well balanced beer with good alcohol level often lacking in some porters. Not sure about the label -- a bit too corny for my tastes; seems a beer of this caliber should rate a more stylish label.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with moderate brown head. Suprisingly hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and backed by chocolate and coffee malts. Flavor is rich and deep: hop bitterness, oatmeal, chocolate, coffee and a touch of toffee sweetness. Medium body with light carbonation. Really nice porter.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Coloring with Espresso Head. Robust Coffee and Chocolate Aroma...Already Aptly Named... Light Mouthfeel...Not Thickly Malted...Instead Nice Light Chocolate Notes with Wonderfully Freshly Roasted Coffee Notes Abound in Every Taste...Light Lactose Taste...Dry Aftertaste.. Quite Nice.