zgaier (1053) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a brown head and aroma of roasted malt and fruits. Taste is sweet, of roasted malt, citrus, caramel, and hops with a dry, medium finish. Decent, drinkable porter that is different from the standard porter style
dink (49) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled July 31/12 - Pour is dark mahogany brown with puffy thick tan head. Chocolate aromas, dark and milk. A bit of drying herbal bitterness. Body’s not bad, a little light. Overall nicely balanced.
Chipalsa (1270) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a smooth porter with an enjoyable amount of cocoa on the palate. The aroma is roasty and a tad hoppy even. Thanks for sharing, OmegaX.
OmegaX (1132) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice porter. Thanks, Jon, for throwing one my way. Aroma is earthy, with roast, some chocolate, and citrusy hops. Pour was dark brown with a nice head. Taste is pretty similar with a decent amount of hop flavor, and a good kick of roast and chocolate. A bit metallic on my palate.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 12/14/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with excellent opacity. It’s not perfectly pitch black, but it doesn’t need to be. The head fades quick, but still leaves behind some nice lacing.
S: Fairly hoppy, with a strong flowery character. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are present, though I kind of wish they were a bit stronger aromatically.
T: Initially, there’s a pleasant wave of roasted coffee beans, before it finishes with piny hops and chocolate. I have a bit of a problem with how the hops finish the beer. It’s not that they provide excessive, clashing bitterness - I like the slight citrusy character they provide, even if there’s a slight balance issue between them and the dark malts - it’s that they come across as overly acidic. It’s one of the ’brighter’ porters I’ve ever had, coming across as almost refreshing instead of stoutlike.
M: Creamy smooth, but also a clean finisher. Not dry, mind you, because the flavors do linger fairly well. I’d say the aftertaste is more pleasant than the initial finish. Carbonation is high like a lot of porters.
O: It’s just okay. Granted, it’s five months old, so I’m not sure it’s fair to judge this as being a good example of a traditional ’robust porter’. I think I’d definitely prefer this one with the hops providing more than just an alpha acid assault. One of Troegs’ lesser beers, IMO.
callmemickey (1876) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body, moderate sized medium brown head, minimal lacing. Slightly boozy, coffee, bittersweet chocolate. A bit attenuated. Medium bodied, a tad thin and undercarbonated. Lightly boozy finish.
phillybass (35) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My sample was four months old so perhaps not as good as fresh. Despite the age this was a very good porter, better than most. Stronger than usual aroma. Just enough toasty malt, not too much. Minor chocolate notes.
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Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I can’t believe I haven’t tried this beer til now, what’s wrong with me? Draft. Deep maroon color, thick beige head with good retention. Aroma of a Starbucks latte. Taste is burnt bitter espresso without the sugar, but with ground up bitter 70% cacao chocolate bars from Duty Free. Very bitter and dryish finish. A very drinkable, although non-traditional, unsweetened American porter suitable for diabetics.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light roasted coffee aromas. Light roasted coffee flavors. Overall a decent porter.
gizmo_ber (146) - - DEC 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not getting much aroma out of my bottle pour, but great head that fades slowly and the lacing stays down the glass. The appearance is dark with red hints. Taste is caramel with chocolate and toffee, but bitter, moreso than expected for a porter. Palate is average, again expecting a little more body on a porter. Overall, not bad, but nothing outstanding in my opinion.