jtclockwork (6213) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2013 Bottle at GABF. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of toasted chocolate and touch of vanilla. Some lactose and coffee. Medium body.
mmmbeer (1187) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. beer served in a shaker- poured a non transparent solid black color, one finger tan/black head formed but quickly and quietly went away to a 2mm thick one after you tell it that it lost a war. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, veggie oil, and some chocolate-meh. Hits the mouth with a medium body, dark chocolate is everywhere, almost sweeping the malt away, a chalky sensation in the middle laced with cinnamon, finish has some smoke. Meh...
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle:   Deep deep brown, thin to moderate frothy pale tannish head, spotty lacing.   Soft roasted malts, a little lactose tartness, some coffee beans and bakers chocolate.   Very pale roasted malts up front.   A little tin like.   Not a lot of hop to this one.   Very minor dark or bakers chocolate.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Comes across as very pedestrian by the finish, not big on any Porter aspect.   A lighter example, with a slight metallic/tin note.   Meh...   Thanks Bill!
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, toasted grain, and graham cracker. Flavor of caramel, cocoa, nuts, light burnt grains, and graham cracker with a dry finish.
Mora2000 (5104) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to dixonian for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt, toffee and chocolate. The flavor is milk chocolate and roasted malt. It is very dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
brystmar (971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is right on: a roasty, dry robust porter. Nailed it, seriously.
Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, dry porter yeast. Not crazy, just well done. Exceeds my expectations. Props!
BMan1113VR (7689) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Pours with a black hued body and a small tan head. Aromas are nutty, roasty, bakers chocolate, pecans, coffee and licorice. Flavors are hugely roasty, ashy, nutty, doused campfire. A bit thin. Pecan, iodine, a bit soapy. Some salinity. Thin bodied with medium carbonation.
alcaponejunior (427) - Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was something a bit more like an imperial stout than a porter, although Iím not sure how much that is really going to matter here. The color is jet black without room between any two molecules of inky blackness for light to pass through. The head was about a half a finger and was lightly brown, but didnít last too long. There was ample lacing in thin sheets as the head went down.
The aroma was initially roasty, with a little burnt malt as an accent, and some subtle dark fruit notes. There was also some sweetness, brown sugar and molasses come to mind.
I think the taste was considerably more bold than the aroma. Thereís a real nice dark malt and roasty malt component thatís up front, with side notes of coffee, chocolate, and just a tinge of burnt malt character. Sweetness is also a major component of the flavor, with a real nice brown sugar component, with a touch of blackstrap molasses as an accent. My take is that the chocolate component is more of a milk chocolate one than a dark chocolate one, and I donít taste much of the semi-sweet bakerís chocolate flavors that I sometimes get from stouts or robust porters.
I rather like the mouthfeel. Itís not real heavy or thick, but isnít overly watery or too thin either. The medium mouthfeel is well suited for this beerís flavor and alcohol profile. And by the way, I really canít taste or smell any alcohol in this beer.
My overall impression is that this is a fine porter, and having tried it, I want to try more beers from this brewery.
The bottom line is that a local brewery has produced a fine and tasty beer which is available for sale in my local area stores (at a reasonable price too!). Anytime someone can buy local beers from local breweries, itís a good day for us all. Support local breweries and businesses. For me that means picking up another variety of Big Texas Beers next time Iím near the liquor store.
TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is my first beer from these guys and I get a very good impression that they are going to do good things. Pours almost jet black with a nice beige tan head and light lacing down the glass. Aroma is vanilla, sweet chocolate, and light toffee hints. Taste is smooth sweet malty/toffee with med body and light carbonation. It has a great bittering hop that finishes dry and a lingers just long enough to make you want another sip. Overall not a bad beer at all I could see myself drinking a few more in my near future canít wait to try some more from these guys.
degbert (901) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours very dark with prominent carbonation; the head is high and cinnamon-colored. The nose has espresso and vanilla elements, but thereís also a definite herbal edge; there are hints of sage and mint. The flavor is good enough -- coffee, chocolate, and smoke -- but the mouthfeel is very, very thin; too thin for the style. This is a good beginning, but thereís more to be done here.