ccex (885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours an opaque dark ruby brown with a small tan head that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma has chocolate, roasted malts, ash and maybe even tobacco. Taste is sweet with a nice bitter finish Very lively carbonation Body is thin for a porter. This is a very good and unusual beer - almost like a cross between the porter I expected and an A&W root beer.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally reviewed: 4/9/10. Poured into a pint glass. Had with brunch. Pours a dark murky blackish-brown with thin tan head on top. Recedes to just a ring around the edge too quickly. Leaves some sip rings about halfway through the glass. Some ruby highlights on the edge. Dipping my nose into this one, I get some very sweet cream scents, light milk chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of clean linens (?). Seriously. This smells really clean and fresh.
The body, while holding onto a crisp bubbly feel, is quite creamy and smooth. Aides in drinkability quite well. Great roasted flavors in this one. Backed by a bittersweet chocolate presence that is leaning a little more towards the sweet. Slight oily hop taste, but it is faint. Adds just enough of balancing sharp twang to this roasty/sweet beer.
I am glad I had this on my íwantsí list as it is one great Porter. Was exactly what I thought it was going to be.
mrjaxson (265) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Among the prettiest pours Iíve seen, looking more like something youíd drink at an A&W Root Beer Stand. Lacing inside the glass a nice reminder of what youíve already drank. Little bits of chocolate and coffee in the delightful aroma, which sets you up for a sweet malty taste but surprises with a medium sharp bitterness. The body also is a surprise--far lighter than many porters. That makes a second one, which Iím drinking right now, very possible. Who knows? Iíve got four left, the night is young, and the UWM Panthers menís basketball team will soon be on TV.
Jacksuhn (11) - - FEB 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice malt aroma. Light notes of chocolate and caramel with definite coffee tones. Very inviting, but not too strong.
Thin, short lasting tan head. Pours a very dark brown, mahogany.
Itís got a great mouth feel thatís a little lighter than I would expect, but fits it well. Nice medium body that coats your mouth just a little. Some woody flavors and obvious dark malts. Bitterness is nice and mellow, but Iíd like a little more sweet.
Overall this is a very good porter. Easy drinking. A very good introductory porter.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours deep red-brown with a beige head. Aroma shows notes of roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, and tobacco. Flavor shows plenty of caramel sweetness as well as plum. Overall body is moderate and
emphasis is on the roast.
CanIHave4Beers (2880) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish brown, basically black, with a big tan head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is roasty and earthy. Pungent and lightly sweet smelling, this is a fairly straightforward but nice smelling beer.
The flavor is roasty and coffee like with a good chocolate expression. The beer is pleasantly bitter all around and has a nice bright hoppiness throughout.
Damned fine porter.
hombrepalo (1744) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle picked up at Armenetiís single rack. wow I havenít had this... A very tasty porter with tons on toffee and coffee, and other roasty notes. Big sweetness takes over in the middle like marshmellows melting off a skewer. Big bitter end is also wonderful.
Frank (2304) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a rich, roasty porter w/ a velvety texture that drinks a bit bigger than it really is. Itís brown w/ a small than head. Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. Texture is full bodied w/ a bit of prickly carbonation. The flavor is overall nice but there is a very slight ashy kind of bitterness that brings it down just a little bit. This is pretty tasty stuff.
monkeychugg55 (818) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a small, white ring of a head. The aroma is very roasty, with coca, tobacco, coffee, and burnt notes. Sweet flavor upfront, with all the previously mentioned flavors flowing in towards the finish, which remains sweet for the most part. Pretty standard texture for a porter.
arkurzynski (1370) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not sure how I didnít rate this one sooner... Dark brown in color with off-white head. Cocoa, chocolate, light roasted malt, light brown sugar, and rustic hopping. Like this porter because it stays away from the caramel/brown sugar flavors and sticks with the soft cocoa, light roasted/toasted malt. Nice lingering roast malt bitterness and a touch of hops. Not over-the-top in any fashion, just good.