Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with tan head and minimal carbonation. The aroma is sweet and more malty than I would have expected and has some notes of toffee. The taste is balanced and finishes with some bitterness. Coffee taste is noticeable. Very drinkable.
DYCSoccer17 (3428) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Oliver’s in Albany, NY. Shared with my brother, ChazyRPH. Was labelled as Sunday River Black Bear Porter. Hoppy, grapefruity, choco-coffee, roasted malty aroma. Definitely some black patent malts present. Maybe a touch too much. Mostly transparent dark brown mahogany color with a tan-brown head that generates some small, wispy lacing. Sweet, sugary, milky, malty chocolate flavors to start. Becomes roasted in the middle and finishes with more roastiness with some sweet flavors and some coffee flavors in the end, Flavorful, pleasant, and very easy-drinking. A stand-out.
sraimondi (1) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2006 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this one from a 12 oz. bottle. Not much aroma, but does have some roast to it. Appearance is good and on style--very dark, dark mahogany with not much light refraction even when held up to a light. Flavor is nice, but doesn’t really grab me. Palate is a bit thin for th style with some metallic hints. Overall, not a bad version, but probably will not buy another sixer.
zach8270 (3701) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black with red highlights and a light cream colored head. Roasted malts in the aroma are mixed with some sweetness and a light touch of hops. Some cream as well. Lightly roasted malts in the flavor with some coffee and metal flake in the middle and a bitter mocha finish. Thin bodied and kind of tinny.
shadey (1959) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a nice creamy thin head of cream. Aroma is mildly roasty and some nice chocolate. Flavor is well blended and smooth. A great porter.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours a light brown/deep crimson in color with a quick white head. Slight roast on the nose with faint hops and sweet malts. Farily thin mouthfeel. Flavor has mild roasted malts, some sweet chery-like malts, a dollop of chocolate, and a tinny, hoppy flavor. Residual bitterness. A quaffer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 This beer came to me in my beer club - I am not familiar with the brewer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized dark brown head. The aroma is sweet, roasty, toasty and has a moderate chocolate element. The flavor is very malty and sweet with roasty and toasty malt elements, chocolate and a hint of coffee. The finish is a bit dry and gritty. A very nice porter.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gotta love the look of a porter! Hops, a bit of malt, and a bit of coffee on the aroma. Typical porter in that sense. This has a weak palate for a porter, but that makes it more drinkable than a typical porter. There is not much aftertaste either. The flavor is similar to the aroma, mostly hops on a rather average porter base. Not much to see here, but a quality brew nonetheless.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is black with a thin tan head. Aroma is a bit roasty with chocolate and some caramel. Taste is actually a bit hoppy for a porter, along with espresso dryness, and like 85% cocoa in it. Actually similar to Alpha Klaus.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - SEP 14, 2006
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle from BOTMC. Drank on 8/4/06. Fairly dark chocolatey brown. Almost looks murky when held to the light, but hard to tell. Big, rocky 1+" tan head. Drops slowly. Big huge layer of foam sticks around forever. A little lacing. Aroma - avg. strength. Some roastiness, coffe, and chocolate. Flavor - somewhat low level of up front bitterness. Kind of an odd, watered down roasty flavor in the middle. Very strange metallic flavor after the swallow. Palate - pretty light, especially for a porter. Fairly low carb. Somewhat watery. Overall - not a great beer. It tastes like a porter, but the flavors aren’t very strong, they are a tad off, the mouthfeel and body are really light and watery, and the metallic aftertaste is bad.