dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a beige head. Aroma shows dark chocolate, coffee, and moderate roast. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel, nuts, and vanilla. Overall body is moderate and finishes with a nice roasted bitterness.
andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Enjoyed on tap as part of a sampler at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Appearance is a murky dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is very rich, huge chocolate notes, touch of nutmeg perhaps. Taste is somewhat like butterfinger, chocolate, hazelnut, peanut, very very good. This was hands down the best of the sampler. Sammy (12622) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle bought is Wisconsin. Pours black, with a thickish oily look. Bold chocolate and roast aromas. I got more chocolate than coffee in flavour. A good example of a solid American porter. Good drinkability, and way to end the meal. jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours ebony into the glass with a thick creamy brown foam on top. Nose is molasses and chocolate. Nice and creamy on the palate, the taste is full of coffee, chocolate and chicory. Nice dry finish. An exemplary porter-true to the style and very tasty. Pairs well with pastrami and rye. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle poured into a globe.
A - Pours deep brown, bordering on black, with a thin film of off-white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving light sheets of lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of dark chocolate malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. It has an overall earthy sweetness with a bit of smokiness coming thru as it warms up to room temperature. Good not great.
T - This one has a very thin, watery, feel right off the bat. Dark chocolate malt mixes with some dulled coffee, chocolate, and toffee to form a flavorful core but the feel really hurts it throughout. Finish is quite thin with some lingering malty sweetness. Not bad but the feel really brings it down.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thin, watery, feel with some lingering sweet dark roast in the finish.
D - Decent stuff. I have had better but it was still pretty solid. I just wish it wasn’t so watery. I really think I would have liked this one a lot more.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2012
bottle pour. comes out of the bottle a deep brown. medium tan head. minimal retention and lacing. sweet aroma of roasted malts, caramel, bitter chocolate and coffee. thinner beer than it would appear but there’s a lot going on here. roasted coffee flavors up front with a creamy bitter finish. real nice porter from the boys at ale asylum! hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
6oz sample. Stained-glass brown-red-black. Steady beige head. A roasty session porter. Minimal, subtle hopping. A tad thin. Chocolate, vanilla tones. Nice.
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Taster tap at the brewery. Just like the description says, this is a middle of the road beer in terms of body, and it’s not too bold taste wise. It’s a traditional porter, real good actually, but not as memorable as most other Ale Asylum varieties I’ve tried. They’ve set the bar high for themselves. brokensail (16631) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Thanks to Steve for the bottle.
A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger of off-white head.
S: A nice roasted malt aroma to this one. Some sweet toffee and molasses. There is some dark chocolate and even a bit of sweeter milk chocolate. Maybe a little vanilla.
T: Slightly watery, but otherwise good. Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa with plenty of roasted malt. As with the aroma, there is some subtle vanilla character to it, too.
M: On the lighter side of medium with medium carbonation.
O: A nice aroma to this and a fairly good flavor too, just a bit watery. BVery (11240) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Tap at the brewpub. Extremely dark brown/black pour with a frothy off-white head. Mild dark chocolate aroma. Smooth, semi-light to medium palate. Silky smooth, soft chocolate flavor. Delicate. Very good!