matthewjk (907) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 Poured from 12oz bottle - Starts off with fragrant coffee and malt and looks beautiful in a glass. Things go downhill from there: flavors are pretty weak, but pleasant. On big problem that compromises this beverage is its thin palate. If this were beefed up it could be quite good. Reminds me of Nils Oscar Coffee Rwanda Gatsinga. Iím sure one other person will know what Iím talking about. **re-rate** 11.12.13 - enjoyed this a little more the second time around. Didnít find the palate as disappointing. Iíll have to re-try this three years from now.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle: actually pretty decent. dark pour, nice arouma of coffee and beans, vanilla. Roasted malts with a touch of coffee. mouthfeel is a bit foamy/soapy and thin. pretty tasty.
CountingDown (2) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was better than I expected. Body was slightly watery, but not bad...just not as thick as I would have expected. The coffee nose is really nice and is one of the brews best features. The vanilla bean mellows the java taste and makes is smooth and not overbearing.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Lots of espresso and vanilla beans.. pretty delicious but the body is a bit watery.
jgb9348 (4735) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown coloured body with a slight glow and a thinnish tan head - a lot of oil on the sides too. Aroma of deep coffee, burnt, a la *$. Some malt, nuts, caramel and alcohol come through too - not too pleasant. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt, a lot of stale coffee taste and a pungent smokey, biting flavour near the end. Overall, not such a great beer - definitely overpowering, and showing way too much bitter, stale coffee, not enough smooth flavours and a pungent bitterness at the end. Overall, I love coffee (I roast) and I love porters (baltic, especially), but this beer wasnít very good and didnít show enough quality - probably because itís from a larger craft brewery. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 11-April-2010.
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have found organic beers to be a bit watery and thin. Similarly here, however the mildness of the coffee was preferable to me than another thick coffee beer. It was more pleasant to drink at lunchtime, sessionable. Poured black, with roasted coffee aromas.
garthicus (2670) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 3, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this. Appearance: Pitch black, dirty brown head. Aroma: Pepper, vegetables, sharp chocolate and spices, odd. Flavour: Chocolate and milk followed by pepper, jalapeŮo, spice and potatoes??? Very odd.
alobar (2776) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown/ black color with a tan head that clings to the side of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is mostly coffee with roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. A bit too carbonated and thin for a porter, but a good beer nonetheless.
Elwood (3168) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling.
It pours a deep blackish brown with slight ruby highlights. the head is foamy, tan, and doesnít last long. As you would expect from the name, the nose has a pretty good dose of coffee. There are some roasted malt notes lurking as well. The taste has a lot of black coffee in it, but unlike itís stout cousin, this porter has a much lighter body. A little malt sweetness balances out the bitterness from the coffee. You also get a little earthiness and a little fruitness. The palate is medium with medium carbonation and a medium, coffee, finish. If this was just a porter I would say it is middle of the road at best, but the coffee addition lends a lot of flavor. The body is light enough and the flavor profile is mellow enough that you can even have a few of these. Good balance all the way around and worth a go.
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small, thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, roasted malt. Flavor is completely coffee with burnt coffee grounds and roasted nuts in the finish. Smooth malt balance. Wow, what a great unheralded coffee beer! Awesome stuff, especially for Wolavers.