Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a dark brown, with hoppy aroma. metallic hoppy presence. light smooth finish. almost and aged taste to it.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and citrus hops. Taste is nice and smooth with slight caramel, chocolate and a nice citrus hop bite. Hoppier than most porters which for a hop head like me isn’t a bad thing
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, brown body with a medium sized, creamy, tan head, lasting cover. The aroma is molasses, chocolates and light floral and citrus hops. The flavor is fairly dry, with toffee, molasses, plenty of roast, some chocolate and some resinous piney hops. Medium/light body is soft with light carbonation and just a touch of a burnt astringency in the finish.
after4ever (6112) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-oz. Thanks, FranksnBeans! Pours dark brown, nearly black in hue with a thickish and creamy-looking tan head. Some lace but not so much you need to be making doilies. Gorgeous chocolate and raisin nose. After tonight’s odd little parade of DMS bombs, I positively groaned when I smelled this-awesome! Nice creamy medium-bodied attack with just the right carb notes. Acrid, acetic mid-palate, though, smoky and ashy with a really harshly ashy/resinous finish. If they could bring some roast forward in the nose or the attack, or dial down the ash (easy on that black malt), they’d really have something.
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blackish brown, opaque, nice head fades slowly. Aroma is a blend of chocolate and green pine hops. Flavor is initially of chocolate, but there is a sizeable hop finish, a combination of vegetal, earthy, and pine that definitely stands out. Not bad, but the beer is a bit disjointed.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of coffee, roasting, chocolate malts, and vanilla as well as pine and citrus hops. Poured dark brown in color with a small to medium-sized, rocky, light brown head that lasted throughout. Good lacing. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malts, chocolate, and roasting with pine hops. Medium body. Creamy, dry texture. Soft carbonation. Dry, lightly bitter finish. Overall, a nice, hoppy Porter.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Deep brown with a samll tan head. Chocolate and toffee aroma. Coffee, hoppy and sweet malt flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Excellent.
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 On tap. Aroma very suave in its cool, spicy approach to hop musk. Notably Chinook, with all its enjoyable uniqueness. Mostly floral hops though, not much else. Pours a somewhat paler brown (maybe more inline with the traditional porter color), softed with chocolate powder on the edges. A nice creamy foam arises, tinted mahogany. Flavor maintains mostly a Chinook presence, light, airy and flavorful hops. Not dense, parching bitter. I love the way that Troegs utilizes hop flavor over bitterness, totally the way to go. Malt really plays second fiddle and there’s no char, or roast, only a delectable bite of chocolate malt and currants. Nicely attenuated, with a crisp flower and nut finish. I guess I’d mostly be looking for a heavy, dark flavor, but in this version I actually appreciate the delicate interplay between minimal roast and chocolate and the well matched hops. I applaud it for the unique approach.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth and chocolate undertones come through in the first taste of this brew....Not much body, but overall not a bad porter. Kinda like Flying Fish Imperial Espresso Porter....not bad - like a .280 seven hole hitter.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark hazed brownish copper, creamy off white head. Interesting and complex nose of chocolate and minty cream that lays upon softer waves of piney grapefruit and roasted vanilla coffee. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t come close with just a straight up bitter roasted coffee component and hints of burnt milk chocolate and pine. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry, burnt, lightly bittersweet finish. Bring back the oatmeal stout as soon as possible...