jasonp (1564) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 Pours black with a thick light brown head. Roasty chocolate, mocha and hops in the nose. Flavor has notes of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, plant soil, coffee, a solid dose of hops and caramel sweetness. Has a pleasant burnt/bitter aftertaste; a little charcoal. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation - seems on target for a porter. Spider-web lacework on the glass with good head retention. Good stuff.
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled in January. Poured a slightly hazy, deep garnet with a long-lived creamy caramel head. Nose picked up almost burnt chocolate, coffee, soap, and pine forest notes... hoppage became more pronounced as it warmed. Flavor began with a pine tinge on the the tip of the tongue.. followed by roasted chocolate and coffee. Coffee and pine bitterness surrounded the tongue and carried through the roasty finish. Medium-bodied. Solid porter.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Lou18. Pours a dark brown color with a frothy tan head. Nose is smokey, peaty, chocolate, coffee, earthy, roast malt. Big flavor of chocolate in the back of my throat right off the bat. Notes of coffee, roasted malt, semi sweet chocolate. Palate is veryfoamy, lightly fluffy but full. Finishes very sticky and with a thick layer of film on the teeth, gums and tongue.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. originally had on tap at Red Bones, but should have gotten as a dessert beer, not an appetizer.
Pours a near black, with a great light brown/tan head. good lacing. carbonation light. Aroma is of coffee, roasted and chocolate malts/dry chocolate. Taste is of semi sweet chocolate, roasted malt, slight butter taste, with a long, roasty bitter finish. A great Porter in my opinion.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours to a near-black brown, opaque when held to the light though it doesn’t appear to be very murky or hazy. A medium light brown head quickly forms and just as quickly dies, though it does hold a nice large ring around the glass. The aroma is full roasted malt, roast coffee, mild chocolate, and a bit of fruit - plums, grapes, strawberry, and hints of smoke. The taste is roasted malt and roasted coffee, but the roast flavors are not over the top. There are also some notes of chocolate, dry spices, and a bit of charred wood. Finishes with some charred wood and big roast flavors. Medium bodied, full at times, kept nice and crisp in the mouth by fine carbonation.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Chevy Chase Liquors in Washington, DC) This is a fairly old bottle, so aging has surely had an impact on this beer. Very bubbly in structure, but with a creamy top, the tan head rises to nearly two inches on the pour before slowly ebbing to a quarter inch layer. Jet black in color through every angle of the glass except at the extreme bottom edge where a bit of ruddiness sneaks out. Ample flavors of yeast, chocolate, ash, charcoal, and bitter roastiness define this self-proclaimed "robust" porter, an apt deScription to be sure. Slight peppery flavor accompanies a modest sourness that acts as a counterpoint to the light sweetness and it’s this spicy and sour traits that are somewhat of a distraction for me. Ashy, bitter, roasty finish doesn’t give the chocolate adequate room to breath. Robust also describes the body, which while not thick and heavy, is still medium-full bodied, not bad for a porter. The nose, however, is less aromatic than I expected, projecting a modest roastiness, so this is the one aspect where robustness is lacking. Overall head retention is about as good as it gets, as an hour has passed and yet that quarter-inch head is still proudly on display. Unfortunately, lacing is minimal with just a small slash across part of the glass. Quite a nice porter overall.
NotWthoutStout (31) - Wharton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured this beautiful brew from a bottle, black as night with a foamy head that sticks to my glass all the way down. Flavor is immediatly roasty, complex with chocolate, coffee, a bit of smoke and a nice dry hop bitterness. A very nice porter. Like the name says, robust... Well done.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a deep dark brown body that looks black. The beer has a nice creamy beige head. Awesome lacing. The aroma is coffee, light chocolate, strawberry seeds, smoked wood and meat. The flavor is an intensely roasted coffee malt with notes of roasted and smoked charred wood and chocolate. Citrus hops are noticed in the belch. The palate is medium-full bodied with an oily feel and dry roastiness.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with chestnut highlights, with a thick creamy one finger light brown head above. This is as good as a Porter can look. Great aroma of chocolate malt and roast with a drying yeast character. Big full flavor balanced between the chocolate, roasted, and burnt malts. Finish is very dry and moderately bitter with a bit of charred wood. Mouthfeel is full bodied and oily in texture with a dry and slightly astringent finish. A very flavorful and well made Porter. Big and bold, just the way I like ’em.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle. Dark brown almost black pour with a rocky tan head. Hops, smoke, and chocolate erupt from the glass. The flavour is rich and complex with notes of dark brown sugar, caramelized walnuts, and espresso. I’m not so sure this is still a porter... seems more like a stout. Well, call it what they will this beer is fantastic.