doubelknv3 (879) - Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with thin tan head...great lacing. Coffee, roast, mild chocolate, and espresso aroma. Full bodied, flavor like aroma, and mild syrupy body notes. Nicely balanced, medium roast-dry finish.
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pantanap (3153) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the source... Pours a deeper cola pour with deeper auburn undertones and topped with a thin wispy film of off-white head... Deep roast, light smoke and cocoa nose.. More of the same in the flavor with a general sweetness lingering throughout and into the finish. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Better than the rye for sure but completely different styles obviously. Cool place with lots of outdoor seating. Probably should add a place review, huh?!
RobertDale (1896) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Comes a very dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee. Very good!!
theisti (2821) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
32 oz growler shared by JohnF. The pour is a hazed brown black, with a smallish light tan head. The aroma is ashy mineral, along with a lightly charred roasted malt. Perhaps a hint of coffee in the back as it warms as well. The taste is dry flinty mineral, along with the charred roast coffee malt. Nice pine hop finish to the back. The palate is med to light bodied, with the chalky bone dry mineral finish. Nice one, I really like my Porters super dry. Thanks for bringing these growlers back and sharing John.
seymour (1099) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on tap at brewpub in a nonic half-pint glass. It poured a nice, nearly opaque, dark brown color, reddish at the edges, with lasting beige foam and lace. 100% true-to-style aromas and flavors: malty, bready, caramelly, toasty, a little smoky and roasty, with tangy English citrusy/earthy hops balance and faintly fruity ale yeast esters. Medium body, well-rounded mouthfeel, lingering tart and toasty finish. Well done.
jandd1983 (1576) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a dark brown color with a medium khaki head. The aroma was of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and toffee. The taste was of cherry, chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, another dark fruit (dates) note, and a grassy dry finish. Very good.
Steve_0 (1264) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ciceros (St. Louis, MO). Pour is deep, opaque brown with a slight red tint and brown head. Great lacing. Roasty aroma; cocoa, nutty, coffee, earthy, light grass, and bread. Taste is roasty upfront, with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and toasted malt, very earthy through the middle ending with a roasted bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with high carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff.
vyvvy (3225) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #3000!! Canít think of a better brewery to have a milestone beer with than Civil Life. And fine beer this is. Cask version - Pours very dark with a soapy tan head. The aroma is very roasty with dark cocoa, chalk, hazelnuts and coffee bitterness. It has a medium smooth body with soft gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with heavily roasted smooth malt with a hint of char in the back. There is also dark chocolate, some cream, earthy hops and some bitterness from both malt and hops. The finish is a bit drier with more earthy hops and cocoa. Really well done porter.
phaleslu (4431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub, served in a nonic half pint glass. Pours a deep, not quite opaque brown with some amber highlights and a finger of dark tan head that sticks for a while and leaves lace spots in the glass. Aroma of rich, toasted malts, nuts, chocolate, toasted brown sugar, and some earthiness. The flavor is right there, too- rich, roasty, malty, toasty, and earthy. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, toasty mouthfeel. Man, this is right on the money. TCL just dominates these malt-forward styles.