FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 115; Sampled April 2015
A steady pour produces a two finger thick, pale brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown / concentrated-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red / brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of toasted whole grain bread, touches of roasted cocoa, some bitter roasted grain notes, and a background fruitiness that reminds me of raisins and perhaps prunes.
Fairly dry with a finish that has a hint of tartness that is followed by a mellow roasted character that melds with a lingering wholegrain, toasted brown bread character. Soft woody flavors compliment the roasted / toasted flavors found here. The body is quite light, perhaps even a bit overly so, but there is a touch of viscosity here, and I certainly wouldn’t call this watery. Complimentary fruit notes of raisins and perhaps prunes that have been a bit diluted are here as well; as the beer warms up something vinous starts to come out towards the finish, it almost makes me think of a washed out port somehow. An oak character / flavor becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up as well.
I can’t shake the sense that there is something funky & wild about this beer, it is just under the surface, though just peaks through at times; hints of mushrooms, musty, and even musky notes aren’t really noticeable, but are too persistent to be nonexistent.
RayKahms (2) - Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2015 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
An interesting porter with hints of chocolate, coffee and clove. Red wine and oak flavors make this a compelling beer.
yjmr (12) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very robust for a 5.7% porter.
Chocolate, coffee, smoke, nut, this beer has everything that porter drinkers look for in a porter without being overwhelming in my opinion.
ansalon (2211) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, red berries, roasted almonds, slight vanilla. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, roasted almonds, slight red berries and slight vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth and light bodied with low carbonation.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 6, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
[ Keg ][ 3oz ][ Telegraph ][ $1.50 ][ Mini Weizen ][ 5.2.15 ]
>> Clear red pour, soda foam, poor retention. Nose is artificial cherry, grenadine, licorice. Taste is celery, soda, dark bread, drained body.
Ktwse (3169) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a finger of light tan head. Aroma of leather, chocolate malt, german sausage. Taste is slightly burnt bitter with a very light body. Soft carbonation.
arminjewell (9144) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with slightly tan head, aroma brought notes of roast, caramel, toffee, hints of earth into a bit of grain, slight cocoa powder but pretty little. Taste is a mix of grass, earth, cocoa into some roast, coffee, and slight caramel, finishing fairly dry, slightly roasted.
slowrunner77 (8376) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"a nice porter i’d be tempted to buy more of if it were 4 or 6-packs and not 750s only. bottle conditioned, for a smooth velvety texture. a little thin, but smooth and flavorful. chocolate, roasted coffee and malt, and a touch of dark fruit. nice aroma (more roast) and flavor (more chocolate) with an ever so slightly tart/bittersweet finish...this one is nice, if a little overpriced for a porter."
maxwelldeux (4269) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate off white head on there. Nose is roasty with a bit of sourness to it that seems a bit baltic. Taste is light and roasty and a bit sour as well. Not a lot to this for me.
kathouse (1418) - Nevada, USA - AUG 21, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Mahogany and clear with a creamy head. Fruit nose is nothing like a porter. Not a good combination.