bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and mild hops.
argo0 (11328) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) Small beige head atop clear, dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, roast, chocolate. Light-medium body, some resin, light acidity. The appearance is the only characteristic that fits a porter profile -- this beer is much too hoppy, with not enough maltiness (though it does intensify slightly as it warms). Not that this is a bad thing as far as my appreciation, just pointing out that my expectations did not equal results.
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. bottle from beastiefan2k. Pours dark molasses with a thin frothy tan head, lasting, and spotty lacing. Aroma is dark roasted caramel and nut malt (cookie) with faint chocolate, yeast (leather) and woodsy notes. Medium acidity, moderate drying bitter hop flavor, toasty and nutty, caramel and chocolate malt. Medium to dark bodied, dry and spicy, fizzy palate.
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Smugglers Notch, VT. Black pour with a foamy, medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and some vanilla. Very carbonated. Flavor is like a maltball and sweet at the start...finish ends up a bit dry and bitter. This was pretty ok.
hopdog (8773) - 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.
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at David Coperfield’s. Opaque black with a white head. This is a sweet stout,with caramel and some chocolate malt. it’s OK as a stout, I don’t know if the Cascade hops add a lot. There is roastiness in the taste and in the aroma. Noticeable lace. Above average carbonation.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam floats atop a murky dark brown.
-Earthy, citrusy hops and muddy roastiness intrigue the nostrils.
-Wooden hops take quite a bit of space in the flavor spectrum, as roastiness has to set back in the second violin position.
-The comfy carbonation fits the light and quenching mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some burnt fruitiness is found hugging the malts.
-This lacks the maltiness of the best porters, and thus feels more like a brown IPA, but it’s good, so who cares?
-I don’t think the flavors coalesce completely, but this still remains a flavorful pint.
-A more recent pint offered lots of roastiness and caramel in a very slim mouthfeel, ending in roasted and wooden hop bitterness. From 3.4 to 3.0.
On tap at the brewpub on two separate occasions.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maine Brewers Festival 2005. Black body with a good sized khaki head. Mild roast with a bit of chocolate notes and very muted fruit. Flavour is fairly restrained served at cold temperature, mild riast and burnt chocolate undercurrents. Emerges a bit more as it warms. Average to medium palate. Deserving of a full pint if I get the chance again.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with ruby hues and a pillowy wispy-lacing tan head. Lightly sweet roasty malty aroma has some light fruity tartness and a touch of dark chocolate. Body starts with a fizzy mild caramel malty sweetness turning more citric and sour toward a drier earthy finish with lingering dark chocolate. This is most likely in the midst of infection, which is unfortunate, because it would probably be a good beer otherwise.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of sweet malt and mildly roasty. Tastes of roasted malt and chocolatey, but a bit thin on the mouthfeel.