VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle/12oz - Pours a very dark black/brown in color with a very thin tan head that faded to a few bubbles. Low carbonation. Aroma is strong of coffee/espresso and very little else. Flavor is also strong of coffee, but there is a bit of the vanilla beans coming through. Palate is smooth. Vanilla lingers on the tongue along with the bitterness of the coffee. No ABV listed, but I would guess that it is higher than average. Flavor improved as the beer warmed up. I ended up enjoying this more than I thought that I would when I first started. Actually a decent coffee porter...
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cloverleaf. This is a coffee lovers beer. Perhaps the strongest coffee flavor in a beer I have ever had... and I have had a lot of coffee beers. Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has a straight coffee taste with some chocolate notes through the finish. A medium creamy mouthfeel. Too much coffee for me... but I am sure coffee drinkers will love this brew.
cheap (5085) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Looks like cold coffee, no head. Big and black. Smells like cold coffee. Big dark bitter thickish palate. Some muild sizzle, generally. Goes flat near the end of session. Lots of vanilla with the coffee. Seems fairly strong. Bitter imperial finish. A little coarse for a porter, eh.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark red/brown with a small mocha head. Aromas of freshly ground espresso, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Flavor is roasty coffee, cocoa, and a bit of vanilla, with a slightly sour coffee finish. Medium to high carbonation, a bit warming, and dry. Good stuff, I wish I had had this with breakfast instead of coffee.
Changed (459) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black w/ small-ish tan head. Barely any lacing. Aroma: what else but coffee. And a really strong, singular coffee aroma-- perhaps more so than any other beer I’ve had. Faint notes of vanilla on the end. Flavor... coffee. Moderate carbonation, thin body. Roasted malt aftertaste and almost no alcohol presence.
Like drinking an alcoholic coffee. Not a lot of depth, but tasty none-the-less.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
nickel sized head. pours black. smells of coffee and dark malts.real light carbination. i taste coffee and that’s about it. as much as i like coffee this beer doesn’t quite do it for me. falls short as far as most porters go.
Damico (3107) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The porter pours dark chocolate with a creamy biege head. The strong aroma of coffee hits the nose with light pleasant vanilla notes. The body is medium, lighter than expected and smooth. The flavors of roasty malts and coffee dominates the palate.
keepersj12 (3036) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This a one damn good porter. The beer pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma is malt and coffee. The flavor is similar with a bit of the malt sweetness up front and then a nice coffee bitterness to follow. Quite nice on those cold December nights.
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t have a whole lot to say other than this is basically a beer trying to be a mocha and succeeding. It looks just like any other dark brown beer, minimal tan head, but reveals some hidden orange flare when held up to the light. Has that roasted coffee smell like walking into a Starbucks or down the coffee isle at the grocery store. Flavor-wise, it delivers that mocha taste in spades, balancing the bitter coffee with a sweet chocolatey finish, with some bite in the middle. Has a clean easy feel. Basically just a sexy, very drinkable mocha with some alcohol.
(Side note: I had it with a pasta dish, and then with some truffles for dessert. Perfect application.)
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. At D’s packs and dogs. Pgh, PA.
Aroma of chocolate and Vanilla.
Taste espresso like. Deep hints of roasted coffee and malt. Turning sweet as toward the back. I wouldn’t call it a Porter. But it is very enjoyable. Easy to drink.