johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured brown with off white head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt hints. Nothing to exciting.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy brown pour with a small head. Good lacing. Aroma of coffee, caramel and dark malts. Taste of molasses and grains, coffee and chocolate, with very upfront hops. Nicely bitter throughout. Medium body. Nice.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black body with nice head. Aroma is grassy, roast, and more hops. Flavor is hoppy, chocolate, coffee. Very dry mouthfeel. Very quaffable.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. hazy dark brown pour with a small tan/light brown head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and alot of citrus an pine hops. Taste is chocolate, roast, and alot of citrus. Pretty bitter, with roast and a lingering harsh chinook bitterness. Body is light to medium, carbonation somewhat soft. Interesting take on the style.
LinusStick (2698) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...this is a porter? A very interesting take on the style. More hoppy than any porter I’ve tasted. Pour was a dark brown with a thin tannish white ring for a head. Aroma was almost all hops with a bit of chocolate malt. Taste was what I can only describe as a dark IPA. Very very hoppy and dry in the mouth with some malt in the background. Warming aftertaste. Great beer and very unique take on the style.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled on 8/3/07. Muddy dark, unfiltered, opaque brown with a medium tight beige head. Interesting nose; light mocha, caramel and a prominent PacNW citrusy/piney hop presence. Pretty sweet, lots of nutty chocolate and caramel. Some roast (not a whole lot, though) and then a healthy does of citrusy/piney hops at the end for flavor. Plenty of bittering hops but the takeaway is malty sweetness. For a porter, the body is very full, round and creamy smooth with the perfect medium carbonation level. Somewhat of a unique take on a porter. Enjoyable.
WhiteAlePower (91) - Long Island, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle : The head, like everyone else has stated, was a medium-small beige colour. Body of the beer was a dark brown, with slight haze, as it is unfiltered. Like any good porter, the snoot can detect a roasted coffee/chocolate aroma. The mouth/tongue might as well detect those, amongst some other pleasant tastes. Thank you once again Tröegs. You are getting better at this. hah!
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Smallish beige head that leaves nice lacing, atop cola brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast/coffee, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, roast/coffee/burnt, some caramel, earthy/floral, grapefruit. Creamy medium body.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The commercial description needs to be edited. This is now in bottles and replaced Nut Brown. Compared to their other porter Scratch 2, the aroma is stronger (must be the finishing hops) and this beer has a smokier more Earthy feel. Besides the bitter hoppy , nuts and chocolate caramel malts, I swear there is almost a pinch of an Orange flavor in here. Medium-dry mouthfeel which isn’t as dry as Scratch 2 but still has some grit to it. It doesn’t have that heavy drip I enjoy with some porters and it has a dirty brown color. I like this. Its tasty and has a nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors.
cheap (3655) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 This is not a cask, it’s a 12 oz bottle. Odd mild pine aroma for a porter, strangely musky. Dark, nice brown representation for a porter. Swirling wheatlike unfiltered pour that leaves a layer of gunk on the bottom of the bottle. You can’t see much inside the glass because of the darkness of the brew but it is certainly unfiltered. Hops are everpresent it seems. This adds an annoying bite to an otherwise fine beer. Mildly creamy carbonation. Hop lovers will enjoy this brew. Reminds me at times of Yards General Washington that comes in the blue bottle. Spruce and pine covers the otherwise roasted malts. Lasting back of throat bitter infestation that feels like I chewed on some charred grill meat and grapefruit rinds. More personality compared to Yuengling B&T but not as enjoyable and refreshing.