Ed5388 (1238) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 12oz bottle at Spirits Crossroads Tröegs tap takeover. Pours a deep dark brown color with ruby red highlights and a finger of foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and piney hops. Taste of mild roasted coffee, chocolate, citrus rind, and piney hops. Taste reminds me of a lightly hopped black IPA more then a porter. Nonetheless a tasty beer.
Scrapersnbeer (1252) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft toasty chocolate aroma, subtle but important hop presence. Brown ale type brown color. Great chocolate and coffee flavor, surprisingly bitter and in a great fashion. Sharp crisp body. Like those black IPA’s, only without the dirty burnt elements.
bbbeer (503) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with small brown head. Aroma toasty malt and chocolate. Medium-light body. Flavor up front is lightly sweet roasted malt and chocolate but then some pretty strong grassy and floral hop flavors. Quite bitter and hoppy for a porter.
Voodoo (227) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours the deep chestnut brown of a porter with a dense off white head. Aroma is clean, hints of malt, chocolate. Taste is smooth chocolate into coffee transition with bitterness and coffee ground aftertaste. Classic porter.
Emeister84 (635) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of earth, pine, and cocoa. Dark ruby with a lasting off-white head. Dry, roasty, and bitter. Medium bodied, well carbonated, and with a hoppy finish.
nasmith003 (21) - Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Minimal aroma, nice translecent coffee color. Woody, almost cardboard taste with some initial hop bite. Slight coffee and hop aftertaste.
jackl (3475) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Sedona. The pour’s brownish red with a small head. The Aroma’s of burnt brown bread. Coffee. Cocoa powder. Moderate nuttiness. The taste is more toast. Quite dry, bitter. Dark chocolate. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, solid.
solidfunk (2590) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not hugely robust, but decent. Dark mahogany pour with good head and lacing. Not hugely original but an ok session porter. Dark chocolate. Bitter finish. Average carbonation. Sharp bitter finish. Bottle.
PhatB420 (531) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz into a pint. Smooth pour, head is fullfilling and about 2cm with marshmellow thickness. Color is midnight black. Taste is earthy malty, no giant hop presence, and the roasted malt charateristic shines very nicely. A nice fall beer here, with seasonal qualities that shuffle in the autumn goodness. Nothing too over the top in quality, but a solid brew. Abv is medioaker at 5.8, if this was bumped up some I think that would lend a hand to a more superior enjoyment.
bytemesis (2159) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a medium tan head that dissipates leaving nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, citrus, pine. Flavor is very similar, roasty but quite hoppy as well, with black IPA like balance between the two. Light sweet, medium bitter. Medium plus body, with a very creamy mouthfeel. This is a nice beer, but it could just as easily be classified as a black ipa.