944play (368) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Firkin at Toad in the Hole. Deep brown, bright, with minimal bubbles that disappear altogether. Intense, inviting chocolate aroma wafts away to reveal chunky vanillin, but it tires and gets artificial. Flavor and palate follow similarly unfortunate trajectories, with little beeriness left to stand up to the vanilla extract overtones.
bhensonb (12138) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma of dark malt and maybe chocolate. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, gets a bit earthy, moves to dark treacle. Yet there seems to be some hop in it, because it finishes somewhat bitter. Could be malt I suppose. Cause it’s not dryish. Overall it’s a good drink. Liquid bread!
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a musty treacle aroma. There is a hearty roasted malt and dark molasses flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.
burleybrew (56) - - NOV 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from liquor barn. Bottle was way to carbonated for most beer styles & especially a porter. Beer was very one note in flavor with black malts dominating & not much else. Maybe I had an off bottle.
joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. It pours black with a nice creamy tan/brown head. Good retention. The aroma is inviting and rich with milk chocolate, coffee, caramel and cream. Pretty sweet smelling and chocolaty. The flavor is drier and a bit thinner than expected with a lot of dirty black malt character. Ash, coffee, smoke and a mildly acidic finish. Not bad, but it could’ve used a bit more caramel and cocoa in the flavor to add some richness to the palate. Decent.
bpreo (1982) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes a bit hoppy on the tongue, but after that it is a delicious Oatmeal Porter!
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Liquor Barn in Redding, CA. I was very impressed with this brew. It’s very hit and miss with some of these smaller brewers. Full bodied, full of chocolate and roasted malt flavor. I can’t wait for my next trip to Redding so I can get another bottle.