Strykzone (4897) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the brewery. Black with a tan head. Dry chocolate in the aroma. Big malts. It tasyes more like milk chocolate you pourvover ice cream. But there is a dryness to it. Grain woth big malts and roasted flavors. A rich feel. This is nice.
thorongil2 (1187) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of cocoa; balanced, dry flavour with a long light bitter finsih
chinchill (1756) - 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.
Patrickctenchi (3556) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, rubied....small tan head.
Nutty, chocolate, coffee aroma.
Sweet, pleasant nuttiness and chocolate taste.
Slightly thin in body, but a nice flavour.
Nero55 (694) - Wisconsin, 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.
DrSilverworm (6275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster on tap at the brewery. Labeled as "Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter"... Has a nice ring to it. Bartender tells me it’s their regular Pay It Forward, but recent batches are now brewed with cocoa nibs. Big roast malt up front in the aroma. Much more coffee flavor than I expected, I like that. Some cocoa nib flavor towards the back of the palate and in the aftertaste. Clear very dark red color. Appears dark brown. Thin khaki head, leaves nice thicker lace. Good moderate bitter taste, moderate sweet. Medium to bigger body, lightly slick. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. A very flavorful porter. Long aftertaste. Hints of dark fruit in the aroma. Some cola. Impressive, complex stuff. More hoppy and bitter than typical, but very nice. Hints of licorice come out as I go.
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Strong cocoa malt and light ash aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter ashy/herbal flavor. Very nice.
Earlier Rating: 6/29/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Draft. Lightly smokey chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Mildly sweet creamy chocolate malt flavor. Lightly bitter herbal finish. Nice.
Drake (8186) - 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 (2915) - 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.
drfabulous (3898) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewery. Firkin. Dusty and chalky chocolate. Cocoa powder throughout. Medium body. Well done.
Earlier Rating: 11/8/2012 Total Score: 3.5
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.