shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cocoa powder aroma; deep ruby brown color with a brown head; rich, chocolaty cocoa flavor with a rich of roast; medium to medium-full body, velvety smooth. Thus beer makes AMAZING beer ice cream floats (vanilla, chocolate, black raspberry chip ice cream).
Travlr (13233) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Pazzo’s. Dark briwn color, brown head. Nice aroms of milk chocolate, coffee grounds, toast. Taste has cocoa, dark roast coffee. Very nice.
UrbanCaveman (74) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 55 degrees F.
A: Pours a dark brown with black highlights, ere pooling into an inky black mass capped with an impressively thick ecru head. Lacing down the glass was crazy sticky. The iPhone flashlight test revealed only a tiny ruby spot of light.
S: The aroma is primarily smoke and earth, like the bottom of a well-used campfire pit at a campground, mingled with bits of light roasted coffee and dark roasted toffee malt.
T: Alas, that earth note from the nose? It reigns supreme through the entirety of the tasting process, from opening through the middle to the finish. This porter is pretty much solid dirt hops in a wall-to-wall shag with a five-inch nap. Somewhere, buried about as deeply as James Hoffa is, there’s a spot of blackened grain flavors, and towards the finish, some notes of coffee make it through. I could find no cocoa to speak of, though - probably got mixed up with the mound of wet earth being shoveled into the tun.
M: Creamy and smooth, with not much carbonation, though it does have a watery finish as many porters do.
O: Meh. Another victim of the rush to add hops and hop-forward flavors to styles not normally known for such techniques to curry favor with the hophead crowd. If the CAT 963 Loader full of earth didn’t dominate the entire flavor profile, I may have been able to pick out more flavors.
rlpeeler (93) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a can pours dark brown with moderate tan head. Taste is malty chocolate yielding medium to full body with a creamy feel. It is just a tad sweet for my taste but certainly is a worthy drink.
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is dominated by chocolate with a medium coffee kicker. Flavor mirrors the aroma with a good malt bitter. Thins out a little at the end some. still a solid beer
Suttree (5256) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the 2014 Knoxville Brewer’s Jam. Black, with a splotchy brown head. Smells coffee and dark chocolate, with notes of burnt toast. Taste is much more cocoa forward, with subtle coffee flavors. Pretty good!
alexsdad06 (5869) - Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can at home. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is all about the chocolate with a splash of brown sugar. The flavor has a nice chocolate character, roasted malt, light earthy bitterness, some sweetness, decent enough somewhat local porter.
NeoHippie2 (1068) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown/black pour light khaki head. Aroma is light cocoa and roasted malts. Thin mouthfeel. Eh, it’s decent but nothing special.
RichCityBrewer (6) - richmond, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from bottle to snifter. Pours dark brown with small beige head. Has a toasted Chocolate and coffee malt aroma with medium coffee and chocolate flavor. Finishes dry to the mouth.
matthewjk (938) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad at all, pretty much delivers on what it says: full-bodied porter with that cocoa lingering in the background. Probably West Sixth’s best offering I’ve tried so far. Serving size: 12oz can