ScottWallace82 (96) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. Medium body, with chocolate, caramel, and dark roast at the end. Smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma of roasted malts, cashews, earthiness, coffee, floral hops. pours black with tanned soapy head, little lacing. tastes of sweet coffee, caramel, vanilla, floral hops. palate is thin but silky.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
July 2010. Sampled at the brewery. Pours black with a beige head. Nice aromas of roasted malt, yeast, chocolate and coffee. Good balance.
r464 (2333) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate. Smooth, roasty malt, hints of coffee and cocoa. Rather light and drinkable given the alcohol content. A very nice porter.
schmack1110 (1) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, robust aroma. Very deep and dark. Nice roasty flavor followed by some chocolaty undertones. Medium bodied. Like alot.
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color, with thin creamy tan head. No lacing.
Very faint aroma of toasted malts, caramel and cocoa-like flavors. Not too much on the nose.
Good medium mouth feel/body, low carbonation, if any. Nice flavors of roasted malt, barley, mild coffee. Very persistent tastes and very pleasing.
A very nice porter, as good as any out there.
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank this during the Game of Thrones Red Wedding episode. Would have taken a truly great beer to match what unfolded on my screen. This brew was pretty solid. Poured just a touch on the brown side of black with light tan head. Smelled roasty with a touch of chocolate. Taste was coffee with minimal sweetness and a bitter finish. Medium body with middle of the road carbonation. Bottle - Trade from RABinVA
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color; it isn’t entirely opaque. The head is a one finger light cream shade. Not very impressive looking to start, it fades rather quickly and doesn’t leave much lacing behind.
S: This has a good chocolate presence, and it’s also backed by some roasted nuts, coffee, and cream. Nice aroma, yet nothing groundbreaking.
T: At first I notice some dry chocolate, ultimately giving way to notes of caramel, brown sugar, and even tangy fruit esters. There’s also a slight finishing mineral component.
M: Very creamy, yet at the same time, quite dry and clean. Not over-carbonated like some porters, too. Drinkability is fantastic.
O: This is a fine example of an everyday beer. It inspires simple, easy going drinkability, yet doesn’t blow away the palate (nor does it attempt to). But I could easily put down 2 or 3 of these in a sitting with no complaints - I’m even a bit sad I only bought a single, so yes, this one is indeed very good.
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lovely dark brown with a beautiful tan head. The aroma is big chocolate, light roast, toffee and coffee. The flavor runs the same as the aroma though a tad bit understated, with light roast coffee and sumptuous chocolate as the backbone followed by some light toffee and caramel notes. Palate is perfect for the style and only gets better as it warms up. Overall, I changed my rating of this over from a 3.6 to a 4 over the course of 30 minutes of drinking this beer as it got so much better when it warmed. Great brew!
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The appearance is in line with other solid porters, with a dark chestnut-brown color beneath a nice, foamy beige head. The aroma is largely a light milk chocolate with only a little bit of roast, although it is all a bit muted until the beer warmed up a bit. The flavor is again dominated by sweet, milky, chocolate malts, which is even a little too sweet for my liking, but there is also a slight astringency that detracts from the taste. The smooth, light carbonation doesn’t get in the way. Overall, this beer has good color and aroma, and it has a decent depth of flavor despite being a bit over-sweet, making it a solid, slightly above-average porter.