beastiefan2k (3499) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gift from hophead75. Black body with a small off-white head. Aroma is hops but it melds nicely with the beer. Leafy and green with flowery-citrus hops and creaminess of the porter behind that. There is a nice melding of light hop bitterness and coffee bitterness. Taste has more chocolate along with the other elements in the aroma. However, it’s a bit watery on the finish and the flavor fades as you drink it. Light bodied and quaffable, leaves a lightly bitter aftertaste from the hops. While it starts strong with the porter elements by the end the hops dominate too much.
12oz bottle, Leute Bok, needs a wooden base, halfway betweem stem and pint, glass.
dlovell2 (1729) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick chocolaty head that looks like it was produced at a Starbucks. Hops aroma you don’t usually expect from a Porter. Nice Chocolaty Roasted taste to start before the hops hit at the end. Silky smooth feel in the mouth. This is easily the best product I’ve tasted from Troegs! A great Porter for Hop Heads!
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Aroma here is dominated by Chinook hops. They are very aggressive and not what one expects in a porter. However, they lessen throughout the drink and dark malts start to mingle with the flavor of the hops, quite enjoyable once the hops fade a little. I found them very overwhelming at first in aroma and flavor. by the end of the glass the hops and malt have really balanced out, it finishes neither hoppy nor malty. Hops really give it the classic grapefruit and pine that onc expects with Chinooks. This beer pours beautifully, dark dark brown with an off-white rocky head that refuses to leave. Palate is delightfully full bodied and reminiscent of a milk shake. Pretty enjoyable brew, very untraditional porter. definitely worth a try.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep plum in color, unfiltered with a very rocky, off-white head. Dark chocolate and some caramel waft from the head. Very chocolately, silky smooth, mellow taste, with a nice sting of chinook at the finish. Creamy and delicious. Well done. It isn’t Alpha Klaus, but it’s not $10 for a bomber either. Thanks DocLocker.
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 (3048) - Ocean County, 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 (7535) - 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 (3737) - 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 (4959) - 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.