high_on_hops (688) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid black with a foamy brown head bad lacing. It has a great aroma of toast, coffee, and dark malt, with a flavor of toasty malt up front and a semisweet finish over a smooth body.
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gueuze (448) - - JAN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Geruch nach Johannisbeere und Himbeere. Wenig rŲstig. Geschmackk dann restsŁŖ.
beer-yum (655) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2015 Restrained aroma and jet black colour. Huge body to start gives way to a light, almost delicate, finish. Definitely a US take on the style (but no foul in this case).
AAEA (162) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 FL OZ ($3.99) pretty cool beer, taste is like smokey chocolate. Has a good head to it. pretty good beer, I enjoyed this one. Its sorta tuff so donít start with this one.
Bahumat (125) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: 7/10. Ashy, hoppy, with a nice roast-burnt aroma to it.
Appearance: 4/5, pours black with a medium tan head that lingers a while.
Taste: 7/10. Sweet and ashy burnt roast malts, a gentle sourness to it that fades into a light tartness that balances out the ash.
Palate: 5/5. Smooth, silky, pleasantly astringent, with a light bitter finish that lasts. Leaves the tongue tingling and prickling long after.
Overall: 15/20. While nothing here particularly stands out, this is a porter with fantastic balance and harmony to itís elements. Despite the relative low scoring to others in itís family, Iíd definitely buy this again. Itís not great, but itís easy to enjoy.
toxichop (408) - South Gate, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
P: black with a one finger tan head that is very thick. S: Roasted malts, caramel, walnuts, cream and light coffee. T: Mainly the roasted malts, nuts light cream and coffee. With a bit of pine in the finish. M: Light with medium carbonation. I really would of enjoyed this more if it was thicker or creamy. O: An enjoyable porter.
anthony850 (290) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heavy malts the taste improved the more I drank it.
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DuffMan (7138) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Robbie and Grippitis. Dark walnut brown, lighter brown head. Roasty with some nice fruit accents, soft mouthfeel, quite full bodied, with a moderate bitterness and subtle hop presence. A flavourful drinkable balanced porter.
beerbaaron (1409) - Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours rich dark brown with a nice creamy lasting light brown head. Aroma has lots of dark chocolate and smooth coffee. Flavor is a good mix of chocolate, coffee, and Moderate hoppiness. Moderate roastiness and bitterness. Nice even amount of sweetness. Moderate dryness. Alcohol starts to show up as it warms. Medium body. Really nice.
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $1.99 ($0.09 per ounce).
Appearance: Black as night opaque body with a large, dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains tremendously.
Smell: Similar to that of an RIS with a strong black grape and chocolate syrup presence.
Taste: I should disclaim this review by mentioning I got this bottle at my local beer store off the clearance rack, which is usually where expired beers are kept. However, Iím not so sure thatís the case as Speakeasy Payback Porter still tastes and drinks as well as a seemingly fresh bottle. Just like the nose, the palette here is akin to that of a Russian Imperial Stout, only much less intense. Itís certainly stronger than your average porter, though, with strong notes of dark fruit, chocolate and grape.
It starts out on the sweeter side with a familiar and traditional robust porter assortment of flavors. Dark cherry, black grape, chocolate syrup, clove, and a touch of dairy flavor are all prominent right away. Some bitterness at the crest of the swig with just a hint of roasted malt. It ends just as it begins with the same flavor notes, only in reverse order. Itís not a particularly sticky, chewy or cloying palette, but itís sweet enough to be a true porter rather than a stout, as the hops and roastiness are subdued.
Drinkability: If Speakeasy Payback Porter were a stout, Iíd look at the 7.5% ABV on the label and think of it as a relatively light beer. However, I went into this expecting something heavy and I was not disappointed. This is a big bodied brew in every way, though the actual delivery process is quite nice. The mouthfeel is thick, calm and soft, but with a velvety texture and smooth finish. It finishes fairly clean, though there is some residual sweetness. It works as a dessert in a glass (though itíd pair well with a steak Iím sure), and I had no trouble handling the entire bomber myself.