CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
On tap 8/3/08: Pours a semi-transparent dark mahogany with a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and milk chocolate with a hint of smoky peat. Has a fairly full body with good molasses sweetness and dark caramel malt and smooth roasty smoky notes toward the finish. A nice smoked porter. Aurelius (5380) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Black. Tangy roast aroma. Nice. Not overbittered. Sweet and sour coffee finish. Medium body. Interesting and good. ChainGangGuy (4897) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black body with dark brown-hued edges and topped by a smallish, light beige head.
Smell: Dark, roasty maltiness smelling of chocolate, licorice, and smoked fruit skins.
Taste: Dark malts, a touch grainy, and only imparting a mild sweetness. Flavors of dry, dry chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Faint smokiness. Light earthy, roasty bitterness. Hint of licorice near the end. Finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: A fine, acceptable porter -- paired nicely with a couple of lamb skewers. The entire experience was made all the much more authentic by the fact that I was seated only four to five bar stools away from a real, live blue collar worker and all-around nice guy, unclemattie. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2008
tap. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, very opaque. Light tan creamy head. Huge aroma of peat, dark chocolate, smoke, coffee beans, roasted malts, and malty sweetness. Flavor of deep rich roast blended with a hearty helping of smoked grains. Rich, heavy, and full bodied. Lingering roast and smoke on the palate. this is what I look for in a Porter. deep and rich. Makes me feel like a blue collar worker who’s shift just ended... Oh wait, I am. No wonder I love this brew! kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Name: pms
aracauna (3616) - Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Mode: Draft, Nitro
Appearance: opaque dark brown with ruby edges, fine beige head, layers of bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with a nutty chocolate character and a light smokey earthyness,
Flavor: sweet chocolate and dark caramel flavor, nice smokey character, light bitterness from the smoke leaves a long finish,
drying out a lot and letting the earthy and smoke character come forward, molasses is in the background but adds no sweetness,
Aroma: aroma is dry dark chocolate with just a touch of the earthyness and smoke,
Flavor: picking up a nice nutty character in the flavor that has not been seen in other versions, otherwise the same dark chocolate and raw molasses in the other versions, dark caramel adds a touch of sweetness after a bit,
Aroma: aroma is picking up some sweetness which is bringing out more of the chocolate, stronger on the smoke as well,
Flavor: flavor also has a touch more sweetness, a bit more smoke in the flavor as well,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
The smoke in this is very light, but the molasses comes through pretty strong. The regular version doesn’t quite have the complex interest as the cherry cask version of this beer, but I’m still more than willing to down a pint.