HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and biegaman, my bottle via trade with oakbluff. Pours deep red-brown, with a speckled brown head. Roast coffee, dark malt, minty hops, mild lactose - smoooooth. Taste is smooth, rich, nutty chocolate and coffee, milky, mild grainy hops - did I say smooth? Rich, thick, creamy, mildly astringent - great coffee liqueur taste. Yumm.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Pours a dark black, completely opaque color with a thin layer of creamy beige head. Some gentle swirling rejuvenates the creamy topping, but it dissipates more quickly than desired. Tons of coffee in the aroma, which imparts a borderline smoky, ashy character. A little bit of toasted oats and dark chocolate malt add a bit of enjoyable complexity, but the coffee mostly dominates. Medium bodied, creamy carbonated mouthfeel. Tons of coffee greets the palate, but it has a smooth flavor that doesn’t present any harsh, bitter, tannic, or burned flavors that often accompany coffee additions. Great silky texture. The coffee flavors give way to some creamy dark chocolates and an almost milky flavor. Long lasting finish of subtly smooth chocolate flavors. Tons of deep dark malts without any roasted or burned flavors; impressive. Not an overly complex porter, but very solid, well-constructed, and enjoyable overall.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle drunk 4/24. Beautiful dark brown color. No head at all. Nice fresh roasted coffee aroma. The taste was of strong coffee. Smoooth with oily/creamy mouthful. Medium bodied. Very good brew.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Ughsmash. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells strongly of coffee beans and chocolate. Tastes like coffee with some sweet malt. Some peppery splashes are present on the finish. Decent for what it is.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick tan head. Aroma has a lot of coffee, some vanilla, dark chocolate, and a touch of oatmeal. Taste is chocolate/barley malt with a strong espresso feel. Palate is slightly carbonated and a little metalic. Finish leaves a coffee aftertaste and then fades to vanilla. Those who like coffee in their beer will not be disappointed.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Crosling. Rich murky black pour eschews a large fresh ground coffee bean aroma, sitting on a bed of vanilla and lavender incense. Silky and luxurious in the mouth, only as bitter as the best black coffees and similarly rewarding.
jason (1827) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to Stine for sending me this one. Poured a thick black body with a huge head, debated giving this a 5. Heavy coffee aroma with some chocolate, malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Big chocolate taste, noticable coffee feel. Thick mouthfeel that was very smooth, very easy to drink. Good Porter.
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark pour- some hints of garnite when put to light. Chocolate milk head with good retention.
Smell- espresso and chocolate. Yum!
Taste- very coffee forward with dark chocolate riding shotgun. Roast is smoootthh. Gotta be the oatmeal! No cloying or sweetness which is much appreciated. Hops are present but more in the background. The porter is style works well with the coffee - nice change over a big stout. A beer with such strong coffee needs a solid malt base, and this has it. Great drinkability and tasty as all hell. Fastastic brew!
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my many friends, I got three over DLD weekend: Pours nearly opaque with a small but lasting frothy ring and some lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, burnt malts, some toasted bread, chocolate, oatmeal, and grassy hops. The taste pretty much follows suit with rich sweet flavors of pumpernickel bread and bittersweet mocha over an espresso and smoked ham. The finish is more smoke and coffee...on and on...leads to a mouth feel that is more akin to porter, thin and watery, not a noticeable amount of oats IMO. Still despite the underwhelming feel this is a great brew where the coffee is in the forefront but allows other flavors and aromas to shine as well.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown body with small beige head..aroma is huge in roasted malts, namely dark chocolate and bitter coffee...flavor is almost as strong with it massive coffee backbone (dry roasted creamed coffee with touches of toffee and burnt toast)...finishes slightly bitter and dry...very nice..it is very similar to Founders Breakfast Stout, and deserves to be talked about up there with the better coffee brews..