Scipio (701) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown with a full, long lasting tan head. A more potent aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malts. The taste heavily roasted with plenty of chocolate as well. Additionally, there is a healthy compliment of coffee, some pine, and hints of licorice. Aftertaste is a little more mild, with a combination of coffee and chocolate. Medium in body, somewhat of an oily texture, with some softer carbonation. This is a very good porter that I’d easily purchase again. There is also some cool textured artwork on the can.
Bif (1450) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Shamrocks. Served a blackish color with a thick head that faded slowly to good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate with bit of coffee in the background. Taste of roasted malt, dark chocolate some coffee and nut. Has a bit of a burnt malt bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Fairly full body, robust flavor with a distinct character. Enjoyable beer, worth checking out.
Bricktop86 (566) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is smoke vanilla and chocolate. Taste follows nose
swanmann (604) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the can into an English pint glass: Nice dark coffee brown with amber tones; Two fingers of lush tan foam sat atop, settling eventually into a well-sustained half inch of head. I smell milk chocolate, potent sweet caramel, some alcohol. It’s a delicious full-flavored porter, roasty and sweet, without being overbearing. I think the palate is most notable, medium mouthfeel that shoots right down the middle.
gregwilsonstl (1090) - Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black. Thick foamy head. Tastes like a coffee shake. Roasted. Smooth. Light malt build. Well done.
fidelis83 (1954) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black pour with a 2 finger creamy tan head that has great retention. Aroma is big and roasty, lots of roasted nuts, some chocolate, charred woody notes, earth and a hint of citrus and earthy hops. Flavor is full and roasty all around, lots of roast nuts, dark chocolate, light smoke, a little licorice, dark caramel, toasted wheat bread and earthy, citrus and floral hops. Medium body creamy entry, light, blanketing and slightly sharp carbonation and drier, but still creamy and slightly chewy finish. Really fantastic porter.
CervezaCabeza (25) - Le Mans, FRANCE - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big robust porter. Pours dark espresso brown with a tan head. Moderate lacing on glass. Extreme chocolate, coffee, and pine notes in aroma and flavor. Perfect for sipping slowly watching the apocalypse unfold.
Frank (2879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This can has a texture on it which is apparently intentional but to me makes it feel like one can in the case exploded leaving a textured residue over the rest of the cans. Nice try, Tallgrass! In any case, I won’t hold that against it as this is a pretty decent stout. It pours a super deep garnet color and has a tan head of very fine bubbles that lasts the duration of the glass and leaves behind lace in great sheets. The nose is pretty mild but nice and a little roasty character which really only develops fully once the beer is tasted. This is pretty dry--which is what I like to see in a stout--but still creamy and full on the palate w/ some hop bitterness bringing out some nice dark chocolate notes. A very slight caramel sweetness and roast coffee bitterness linger on the tongue in the finish. This is a nicely done stout and frankly leaps and bounds above the three or so other random Tallgrass beers I have tried in my life.
CopterScott (142) - Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is toasted malts and coffee. Flavor is cocoa, ash, and espresso.
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Seems more like a black IPA than a porter. Plenty of roasty chocolate character but with a big pine hop punch.