TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a moderate, foamy tan head. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and soft hops make up the aroma. Taste is light licorice, hops, roasted malt, dark chocolate and caramel. Body is medium and has a soft, creamy carbonation and light lingering bitterness. Ends with more roasted malt, soft hops, caramel, black licorice notes, dark chocolate and some coffee.
hockeybeerguy (914) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rvd in trade.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black looking body with a one fingered white foamy head that ends up concaving slightly inside and leaves a decent amount of light clingy lacing.
The smell had a fair amount of dark toasted malts, an edgy sort of coffee-ness, and an earthy yet somewhat clean slightly refreshingness (weird for a Porter, but Iím not complaining).
The taste was sweet and roasty leaving a somewhat clean toasty flavoring encoating my mouth and tongue and leading to a combined bittersweet dry aftertaste; quick dry finish.
On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability aspect to it. The carbonation is somewhat smooth for an American Porter and pretty good for me.
Overall, this is another good White Birch beer, Iím just wondering if these guys can do anything wrong.
MadRobin (1698) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Jackpot in Gallery Place, Washington, DC.
Opaque, black-brown with a pale khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee , chocolate and dried dark fruit.
Taste of charred malt, roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and mild dark fruit.
Medium/light body and medium carbonation.
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puboflyons (1887) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 650 ml. bottle, Spring 2014 batch no. 1096. Handsome dark brown pour with some cloudiness and a lingering, soft tan head. It smells the way a Porter should with its toasted dark malt and coffee complexion. Vague but also clean earthy hops. Medium body. Like the nose the taste brings out the toasted malt and coffee character with a modest, lingering dry bitterness at the finish. Nothing to be humble about. This is really nice.
BigDbrews (12) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Draught at Coalhouse Pizza. Color is dark brown with some ruby highlights. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is earthy with roasted malts up front and coffee and just a touch of chocolate in the very background. Finishes with just enough hop bitterness to keep it balanced.
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DiarmaidBHK (3170) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brewtopia. Pours black with a large khaki head. Lots of carbonation with this one. Nice roasted malt notes on the nose that also have elements of coffee and chocolate. Very flavorful on the tongue as well without being burned finishes clean. Very nice! Another great recommendation from Brewtopia.
jjgmd (1226) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Good Beer, NYC, pours a dark brown deep mahogany brown. Nose is malt and chocolate. Taste is a burnt chocolate and nutty malt. Finish is long and ends on the same chocolate malty notes. Quaff Score 7 / 10
johnnnniee (2042) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a good sized fluffy khaki head that persists forever. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the aroma as well as hints of caramel and light bits of dark dried fruits. Thereís a slight earthy hop aroma to provide a bit of balance. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Lots of milk and dark chocolates along with plenty of roasted grains. Light earth and fruits round out the flavor quite nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy sweet velvety mouthfeel. Wow, thatís a damn fine beer right there. Creamy, smooth, sweet, chocolatey, this is a great porter.