BeerandBlues2 (8978) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours dark brown to black with some light permeating and a medium, bubbly light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is smoky, meat, chipotle, chocolate and nutty, light roast malt, no detectable hops, prune and date notes. Flavor is moderate dark malt, chocolate, moderate smoke, chipotle, light spice, prunes, dates, and a sweet palate with light drying at the end. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
DiarmaidBHK (3122) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
first things first. This is not a Porter. I can see through it. This more akin to a brown ale. Some slightly malty notes on the nose. Pours amber that you can see through with very little head that dissipates quickly. A bit of the chipotle can be tasted on the finish. Not bad but it’s no porter.
magsinva (843) - Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap - pours a dark red with a finger of head. Not getting a lot of aroma, a little malt maybe? Taste is overpowered by the bit of the chipotle. It learns bitter, but my taste buds are now ruined. Palate is creamy. Overall if they tame the gimmicky chipotle it might not be half bad.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly smoky nose, some fruity pepper notes and a bit of toffee. The taste is chocolate, molasses and brown sugar. The pepper comes in a bit at the finish. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009
Hoppy bready aroma. Large white head. Dark coloured malty and smoked with a little dryness in a crisp lasting finish.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good porter. The chipotle isn’t overpoweringly spicy, but it does add a nice note of smoke and herbs on top of a nice malty, chocolaty background. I would definitely drink this again.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Deep brown color with a small, smooth, off-white head.
Aroma: Light nose with notes of coffee, caramel, and a touch of smoke.
Flavor: Roasty bitterness, a bit of smoke, and not much else. I didn’t get any chipotle at all. A touch on the watery side.
Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel and a medium-short finish.
Overall: It seems like there is good potential here, but the beer didn’t live up to it in my eyes.
radagast83 (3996) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap at Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest. Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel, coffee, and a very mild pepper. Flavor is light (compared to other porters) - rich roasted, chocolates, and no noticeable heat until the liquid hits the back of the throat - then there’s a mild and enjoyable spice "burn."
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft – Dark brown, creamy off-white head. Soft cocoa cream and spicy roasted pepper notes ride light waves of smoked caramel and coffee. Spicy pepper heat and light chocolate malt flavors are well balanced on an earthed caramel foundation. Lighter side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, spicy, bittersweet finish. Great job integrating the pepper heat with the underlying chocolate tones. This screams pairing with some Mexican chicken mole…
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Merrifield: Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a thin, wispy lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and roasted malt with a touch of spice. Starts with good fullness and sweet dark caramel with a good warming spice balance and a touch of lingering dark chocolate in the finish. Has a lot of spiciness to it. A nice spiced porter.