maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from brewery. Extremely clear, whiskey brown. Sparse sudsy head with dismal staying power. Toasty, wheaty, woody nose supported by chardonnay aromas of banana, apple, lychee. Huge toasted malt flavor with a dash of espresso. Warming the glass in my hands reveals some spicy hops. Finishes lightly tart with a mild charcoally/burnt flavor and subtle cocoa bean aftertaste. Cleansing, medium light palate. Could stand to be bigger and have some carbonation.
DialSquare (2663) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from an old rating note: spice and light hop in the aroma. taste comes off a little flat mix of sweet roasty malts, coffee and hop bitter. on the sweet side. ok.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wasn’t sure what this beer was supposed to be as I drank it. It seemed too thin to be a porter, not hoppy or malty enough to be a brown ale, and no spices meant no Winter warming. Now I learn it’s a porter; not good. Bland and lifeless, the only signs of this beer truly being a porter are on the nose, giving off a modest roasty mocha vibe, but the flavors never materialize as you sip the pint. (12/7/08)
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours brown with some frothy head. Nose is chocolate, mild coffee, nuts, and caramel. just some oxidized notes. Taste is again full of chocolate and nuts and just sweet enough to balance and finishes fairly clean. Medium full body and creamy. Nice drinker.
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours amber with a clean, fine off-white head. Aroma of barley, pumpkin, bread, spice, and hops. Medium bodied with a lovely, full, warming mouthfeel. Bold finish. Great seasonal ale.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draft at the Rivertowne Pub this beer poured a red-caramel color with a large khaki head that lingered. The aroma was sweet, nutty and a bit roasty. The flavor was crisp fruity hops with a touch of nutmeg, pine, nut and caramel. Somewhat sweet with a long hoppy finish. Medium body. Well done.
nimbleprop (4881) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On cask at Friday the Firkenteenth at the Grey Lodge Pub. Winter is the time for porters. Pours a mostly translucent black with ruby fringes with a thin white head. Aroma is toasty and sweet. Flavor is big, bold toasted malts, nutty, coffee. Lingering toasted bitterness.
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is sweet and the intense brown color complements the flavor. It does have slight hints of bitter hops with chocolate as described. This is a perfect strong ale for the winter season.
wjalandscaping (4) - USA - NOV 26, 2009 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Here is a nice winter ale, with a chocolate, and coffeetaste. Something i would expect starbucks to brew if they had beer. this was a nice mix between a standard porter and a chocolate stoudt. I would drink this again, and again.
deyholla (6644) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is full of smoked wooden notes with chocolate as well. Flavor has a bit of hops dominated by a more chocolaty and smokey flavor.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with a tan head. Malty, toffee and lighter chocolate malt notes. Dried fruit and a light roast y hop bitterness. Coco and dark fruit. Medium body. Great beer.