FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Deep brown to black color with a good sized, frothy, slightly creamy, light cafe colored head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin layer of lace.
S - Has a nice, malted milk ball chocolate kind of aroma along with some roasted malt, darker chocolate, and hints of licorice. A little sweet, but not too sweet or cloying.
T - I get a similar experience to malted milk balls in the taste as well. A slight fudgy taste goes along with that. Roasted malt is strong and provides a slight bitterness along with a hint of earthy and spicy hops. Slightly burnt molasses and caramel as well. Faint coffee and licorice flavors. A touch on the sweet side, but nothing dessert like.
M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth feel throughout.
D - Very easy to drink with the nice chocolate flavors and a good creamy feel. It is sweet, but nothing cloying that would prevent me from drinking another right away.
Notes: A very solid porter. I wasn’t too wild about the other Thomas Creek beers I had, but this is a well done beer. Definitely worth a try.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask ale tasting at Sweetwater. Poured a dark brown. Aroma of heavy malts and some hop. Taste is very nice, with a good amount of sweet malt and a hoppy bitter finish. Very easy drinking. Palate is very nice for this porter.
nearbeer (3288) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Nearly opaque brown-black with a small, but lasting head. Aromas of coffee, caramel and cocoa. Taste is a nice blend of the same, with some marshmallow and char added for more complexity. Medium body is watery in a nice way, mostly smooth, and roasty dry. This brewery has really stepped it up several notches with the bottling of this excellent porter.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the goods - pours a deep brown-black with a modest tan-brown head (no gasiness here). The aromas - toasty matls, chockies, a little coffee - carry right over into the medium-sweet taste. The palate’s almost creamy. Another thoughtful gift from Brian Bearden.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pour black with a nice living tan head. Aroma is big and roasty with some smoke. Flavor is black patent, smoke, and coffee. Not an average porter, good stuff.
jrob21 (2189) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Atlanta Cask Ale Festival. Oak aging here is subtle. Aroma is more roasted coffee and malt. The hops here are a little more in balance with the overall beer. Bitter grapefruit and citrus hop flavors.
Earlier Rating: 1/29/2007 Total Score: 3.5
On cask at Atlanta Cask Ale. Great color and light smooth drinkability. I got aromas of coffee and tastes of bittersweet chocolate with a little sugary residue as it finished.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Mikesgrove for this one
Poured into my snifter produced a fingers worth of tan head that turns into a ring of lace around the glass .The body of this brew was dark brown in color
Aromas of roasted malts, some sweet toffee as well as coffee note filled my nose from the glass.
The flavors of mimic the aromas but with a slight smoky bitter involved as well. I can see why the word Peat was used before in a review the mouthfeel was medium to light I will agree it needs some more body to it
This is a good brew and with a little tweaking it could become world class. I was very impressed keep it up guys. Thanks again Mike for the opportunity
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark opaque brown, thin smooth tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, bitter, smooth body.
BlackWarrior (202) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 Dark brown w/ a hint if red. Big, fluffy tan head that lingers and left good lacing. Aromas of toasted malt dark chocolate, molasses and coffee. Med full body w/ light carbonation. A creamy, thick mouthfeel up front that doesn’t get too syrupy. Ample dryness comes in to leave finish clean. Flavors are not as sweet as aroma suggests. Some caramel sweetness, but bitterness from dark choc and coffee dominate. Very good for my taste.
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ GPF 2011. Pours almost pitch black with a small bubbly brown head leaving laces. Aroma is madeira, raisins, roasted, sweet and floral. Flavor is sweet, vinous, a bit acidy, a bit phenolic, fruity, bitter and coffee. Finishes bitter malty with a nice touch of coffee.