BeerandBlues2 (8450) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22-oz bottle (327 of 2007) received via trade with Immy. Pours opaque with a small, creamy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (coffee, chocolate, nutty), average hops (perfume, pine, flowers), average yeast (leather) with notes of wood, alcohol, and prunes. Full bodied, alcoholic and creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
ChainGangGuy (4230) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a near black body with a thin, bubbly, off-white head. Let’s Rapadou this!
Smell: Light, sweetish aroma of dark malts, chocolate, charred sugars, and roast.
Taste: Dark chocolatey maltiness with a good amount of sugary caramel sweetness. Hint of fruit. Very slight roasty, earthy bitterness. Puff of smoke. A little rebound of the earthy roastiness for the finish.
Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Boy, I’ll tell ya. This is a pretty tasty porter.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma with a good deal of toffee. Sweet flavor with a finish of overdone coffee. Alcoholic finish. I might not have called it a porter.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, chocolate, and roast. Flavor is
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque oily black with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel malts and some toasty earthy roasted malts. Starts fairly full and dark caramely malty sweet with a nice smoky balance and good dark fruity complexity before a drier bready earthy finish. A nice imperial porter.
BCMike22 (80) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into glass snifter. Reddish brown in color. No carbonation, or head. Sweet smelling nose. Bitter caramel flavor, done well and subtlety. Very enjoyable brew.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma, roasted notes, dark fruits, chocolate. Flavor, coffee, roasted notes, brown sugar, chocolate and dark fruits. Pretty solid brew.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Cleveland tasting. Thanks Mike! Pour was dark brown, slight creamy head. Aroma was sweet malts and caramel. Taste was brown sugared malts, caramel, and toffee. This was very enjoyable.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 233/2007 from Immy. Spicy dessert on the nose. Brown sugar. Gingerbread cookie. Slightly ashy with hints of roasted malt and plastic (?). Pours a thick nearly pitch dark brown with an incredibly dense and creamy rich khaki head. Roasted malt, toasted vanilla bean, some ash, chocolate covered raspberries, caramel and toffee and chocolate. Mostly full bodied. Silky and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. A fantastic porter for sure! What a surprise. Thanks Tim!
Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Once again thanks to the magic cellar of miketd. This was a refreshing change of pace from the earlier one dimensional sample. It is roughly on par with the Ironbound Ale though based on my current tastes I think I’d opt for this instead. It might be interesting to see what oak barrels do to enhance some of the base flavors.
Aroma / Appearance - The light wood colored head bobbed above a deep black body. Smoke, ash, chestnuts and iced coffee. Things are a little loose around the edges causing a bit of disarray.
Flavor / Palate - Warm black coffee tickles the tongue followed soon by hop residue and overcooked chocolate pudding. A smokiness finishes things off far too soon for this to have a lasting effect. Despite being a bit thin in mouthfeel I’d still say this is probably slightly above average.