chinchill (1381) - South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub in Lexington.
The superb aroma is the strong point of this beer. It is rich, slightly sweet, and has a fine contribution from both dark roasted grains and cocoa nibs. Hints of toffee and dark fruits.
Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.
Excellent aftertaste, with some hops showing.
Nero55 (487) - Leeds, Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black with thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate with dark fruit notes. Medium body with bold dark chocolate notes upfront and a bittersweet finish.
Drake (7946) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 Kentucky Fried Charleston Trip Beer #24. Draft at the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts and cocoa. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, mild hops in the finish. Medium body.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewpub
Closing things out I went with a beer which sounded appealing before the return trip to Louisville. This definitely pays things forward. In fact if I could have put down a deposit on a future canning order I would have done so. A prime example of a sweet porter does a good job of balancing complexity and sessionability.
Aroma / Appearance - Rich reddish brown liquid bubbles beneath a soft sea of foamy head. Melted chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and other dry flavors meld easily. This has a good presence that could be maybe a little more assertive. However overall it gets the job done.
Flavor / Palate - Dry roasted coffee, bittersweet fresh hot chocolate, and malt please an eager palate. A little too big to drink more than two pints this nonetheless hides its 7% ABV very well. The cocoa does not take away from the spirit of a true porter; rather it adds another layer of depth that takes this is a new level. This is definitely worth a look if relatively fresh.
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Lightly smokey chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Mildly sweet creamy chocolate malt flavor. Lightly bitter herbal finish. Nice.
kaips1 (64) - Kentucky, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. This reminds me more of a robust porter with a nice roast in the nose with a malty backbone. Pours a nice dark brown with a quickly dissipating head. Not a lot of lacing. The taste of roast and some malt bitterness accompanied by a bit of bite by the hops. Palate is average with a medium body, was hoping for a bit of dryer finish. Overall this is a good beer and something different to the normal line up. Glad I got one.
rondphoto (1546) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque brown/black with a full ring head and sheets of lace. The taste is strong bitter chocolate malt infused with a light smoke overtone. Finish provides nothing new. Very middle of the line porter, not complex, but I’ve had many weaker examples of the style.
ContemplateBeer (1437) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of milk chocolate, pronounced roast and some resin. Appearance was dark brown with bone head. Flavor was coffee forward with some chocolate and nuts. Palate was very soft and creamy. A good porter.
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewery. Light body with dark tones. Trace of roade that is not very intense in flavor. Moderate carbonation. A decent porter but on the the thin side.