GranvilleTim (1735) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich black pour with a frothy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, a little char, sweetness of hops, nice roasted malt finish. Little dry, very tasty. Cool can with a nifty tactical grip. Great lacing. Recently received one as an extra in a trade(Thanks Bob), but it available locally. I mention this only because it is/was a great bonus none-the-less.
islay (1327) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz. can, consumed on 2-17-15. Not unpleasant aroma features scents of chocolate-covered raisin, caramel, and Werther’s Original candies. Too dessert-like in smell for my sensibilities. Pours dark brown with a moderate amount of taupe head. Produces good lacing. Tastes like coffee with caramel. Charred finish. Fine but utterly ordinary taste. Roasted dry aftertaste. Medium body. Soft in the palate. Unremarkable palate effects. Overall, decent enough but underwhelming.
nick22thompson (4) - Manhattan, Kansas, USA - FEB 12, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my all time favorite beer!! This complex porter has incredible flavor and is very drinkable! If you are ever in the Little Apple stop by the brewery for a good 'ol craft brewer tour. Great time!!
UrbanCaveman (115) - Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint can, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a viscous dark black, and with a somewhat careless pour, forms roughly a meter of foamy tan head with some fairly ridiculous retention. iPhone flashlight reveals a speck or two of ruby highlight through the beer. Lacing clings well to the glass.
Smell: A deep roasted malt bill wafts forth, chocolate drizzled onto fresh-baked dark bread. There are some faint tones of something vaguely fruity in the background.
Taste: Warm, dark bread fills the mouth, from grain-sprinkled crust through chewy, yeasty center to lightly charred bottom. There are spots here and there of crumbled toffee, and a nuttiness very like Brazil nuts. The finish leaves an odd, slightly floral bitterness behind, which is the only indication I taste of any hop presence, mingled with lingering remnants of the bready flavors.
Mouthfeel: This beer drinks full and creamy, evoking words like "rich" - as I tend to split stouts and porters more by feel than other characteristics, I’d say this one leans more towards the stout side of the spectrum. There is no watery finish like many porters have, and the beer seems to resist being folded or swirled with the tongue.
Overall: Given that I have a likely impending move to Iowa happening, I had been concerned about getting my hands on Edmund Fitzgerald regularly enough to satisfy my good porter cravings. Since beers like this appear to be available, I should be able to fill in the gaps between visits to GLBC distribution territory in adequate fashion.
mjmoen (107) - - JAN 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a black color with thick khaki head. Chocolate and coffee aroma and flavor
kambei70 (719) - - JAN 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 can. Dark brown/black with a khaki head. Nice aroma of coffee, a little roasted malt, chocolate syrup and some lactose. Taste is a nice balance of the roast and some sweetness with a little hop bitterness. Milk chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
crajun (1026) - , Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tall can from inter secret santa - verrry good porter. high marks in appearance aroma and taste; could have been thicker. aroma and taste had too many things for me to identify but it all worked - roast, chocolate, and many more. much thanks for this one.
Beachmaster (195) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can into a pint. Pours very dark brown, almost black. Good sized tan head that lingers. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is dark roast coffee and bittersweet chcocolate, with a nice hint of hop on the end. Very drinkable, good flavor. Very nice robust porter.
ARH (663) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can, not poured. Looking at other ratings, 4-5 for appearance seems average, so as not to handicap the score will rate a 4 (to be revisited!). The aroma is a pleasant and smooth (if that’s possible) combination of creamy vanilla, cacao, and sweet floral notes. It’s a medium high bitter with a complimentary chocolate sweet. The beer is creamy and smooth fluffy, soft, soapy carbonation to help it go down easy. The medium full body is rich in cacao with supporting notes of cream, a bit of a smokiness, and caramel syrup slickness. Oranges and cream finish it with cacao backing that lingers lightly.
dresden (1029) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a great looking beer, I never give a 5 because I don’t know what the hell a 4 or 5 really means but anyways great creamy tan head on a deep brown and clear in the light beer. Light coffee and chocolate Aroma. Taste is milk chocolate, slightly fruity coffee, nuts and light vanilla. Really great porter.