blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle poured into a snifter is real dark nut brown in color with minimal head and lighter carbination. aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, alcohol, and licorice. flavor has nice malts not too bitter, mouth feel is on the lighter side for a porter, and finishes with some bitterness and roasted coffee. could use a little more of something, good beer just not as good as there others have been.
rocbyter (1896) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown sugar and fruit malts in the aroma, some coffee also detectable. Dark amber color. Small tan head. Moderately sweet beginning with a slight amount of bitterness in the finish. Mild creaminess.
Dorwart (2372) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent head with light carbonation. Roasty and chocolaty aroma with some sweet malts and dark fruit. Color is a very dark brown. Ooh, not that great a flavor. Thin and watery with an astringent bitterness and some roasted grains. Bit of carbon and coffee bitterness. Finishes strong and roasty with a lingering bitterness and chalkyness. Not very good.
cazort (516) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle.) Pours with little head, not as dark as some porters (I can see through it against a very bright light). Aroma typical for a porter, but weak. Has a thin, peppery sort of carbonation, like seltzer water from a soda fountain. Tastes pretty good, a little bitter, and not too sweet. Thin, but this can be a good thing--pretty refreshing. Overall, I do not think this is a very good match for the style--it’s not rich enough. But it was an enjoyable beer. The best aspect of it are that it lacks the (unpleasant) heavy sweetness that dominates many porters. They would do well to add more hops...I don’t taste enough hops; what bitterness there is seems to come from the roast.
gwpom (295) - Akron, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Not as dark as I’ve come to expect from porters, but a nice nose, light brown head. There’s a sweetness that I can’t quite place, not carmel, but something light, almost fruity. Makes for a distinctive flavor. Not bad, but I wouldn’t make it a regular.
nuplastikk (4344) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick deep brown/black color. I seem to detect a honey presence in the beer. Not super roasty, but a nice full body. Enough quality malt and hops to balance out the sweetness. A good, unique porter.
nimbleprop (4814) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a deep, opaque black, slightly watery with a foamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and sugar. Overall flavor is a bit off, roasted malts are there, but so is an artificial sweetness that doesn’t fit. Finish was typical porter, coffee type bitterness and lasting roasted flavor. Barely enjoyable.
TaktikMTL (5706) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de raisins et de chocolat avec une pointe de cerises. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de raisins et de café. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #1264)
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium to deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of cocoa, roast, chocolate, and burnt caramel. Tastes of chocolate, roast, and caramel.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black Bear Porter is deep brown, like a chocolate lab, with a bubbly tan head and has a lot of light-colored particles floating around in it. The aroma is of chocolate, maybe licorice and minty herbs... wintergreen? It is hollow and dry. It sports a medium body that leans on the light side with a slightly tannic finish. The flavor is chocolaty, nutty and dry. It is well balanced. This is what a nut brown should be like.