puboflyons (1667) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle #13107. The actual name is Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter and it comes in at 5.8% ABV. It pours rich jet black with a full. foamy beige head that lingers to the end. The aroma is a lot sweeter than one might expect from a porter with a dark malt character and caramel. No smokiness or coffee. All around it is a mellow aroma. The body is quite good; well above medium. The taste is of sweet dark malts at first with a low bitterness that evolves into a more moderate bitterness as one nears the end of the bottle. On the dry side at the finish.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013-04-26. Black body, modest tan head and lace. 3+ Aroma is lightly roasty and a bit tangy? Flavour is similar. Modest dry toasty roast, tangy fruity touches. Finishes quite dry. Average bodied palate. Enjoyable but just okay. On tap at Reservoir, Waterbury
Leighton (8584) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Reservoir - Waterbury, VT. A very respectable porter. Has all the stuff you want from the style - a bit of roast, touches of chocolate, modest bitter earth. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Pretty well balanced. Good effort, Switchback.
nimbleprop (3845) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the brewery. Pours a watery, mostly opaque black with some soft, brown head. Nose is nutty, malty, toast, chocolate. Flavor is the same, sweet, brown sugar, toasted bread, roasted nuts, dried chocolate powder. Medium bodied, dry finish. Very true to style. An easy drinker.
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A deep dark brown porter with a thin light mocha head. In aroma, a sharp bitter chocolate with grassy hops and light fusel notes. In mouth, a sharp crisp short chocolate with grassy notes, short in mouth, leaving you on your hunger. On tap at Reservoir, March 12 2012.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasty medium malt, some fruit. Taste is roasty/some cocoa-medium/dark malt, some fruit hops.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft sample at the brewery. Black color with a faint tan head. Roasty with a nice body. Chocolate also comes through nice.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Junior’s in Winooski - Poured a dark black brown in color with a small tan head that quickly faded to almost nothing. No lacing, obviously. Aroma is of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor pretty much matched with the welcome addition of some piney hops. Neither the flavor or the aroma were that strong... sort of muted actually. Quite drinkable, but pretty average.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of craftycarl21. Black pour with a bodacious oatmeal colored head. Massively frothy. The aroma is roasty coffee and chocolate with hints of pine and spruce that culminate with a fruity citrus note. The flavor is roasty with some dark chocolate notes as well as hints of coffee. The hop character is fruity with mild resin and evergreen. Not overly pronounced, but tasty. The palate is a bit on the thin side, making for a throughly sessionable brew. Effervescence is below average while the finish is semi-roasty and chalky. I could rip this down in large quantities.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured out of a one liter swingtop bottle. Yeah, you heard me. Pours black with an impressively vivacious frothy, beige head. Aroma holds coffee, milk chocolate, a bit of evergreen, and a touch of caramel-- nothing too bold, but nice on the nose. Flavor is pretty decent; more coffee, chocolate, and some nice caramel sweetness. Palate is pretty thin, but drinkable, and seeing as usually this is only available in kegs, you wouldn’t want it all that thick and rich. Solid, drinkable brew.