mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
Cask. Blck body with a medium-sized creamy mocha head. Smells roasty- milk chocolate, toffee caramel, toast, and faint sourness. Starts out interesting - chocolately with thin caramel malts and coffee bitterness. Some acidity is also present from the malts. Pretty good.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Tasted at the brewpub on December 27, 2006.
Tap. Pours black with a tan colored head, that lingers. Aroma is malt, choclate, mocha. Taste is milk choclate, toasted malts, molasses. Palate is medium full, with a smooth, creamy finish. Pretty good. They slid down fast and furious. heemer77 (5357) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
On cask of course. The body was black with a light khaki head. The aroma was almods and mocha with some milk chocoalte. The taste was light coffee with some sweet pears. There was also some strange stale caramel. The mouthfeel was very smooth. I was not very impressed. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2006
On cask at Arbor, and served at an appropriate temperature! Deep opaque brown body, medium-thick creamy tan head. Rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and molasses, with a lactose-like sweetness. Creamy, soft body with a medley of toast, roasted malts, milk chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, and unfermented sugars. Smooth and complex. One of the better porters I’ve tried, and perhaps the most quaffable. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2006
On cask at brewpub. Deep dark murky browm, with a long sustaining heavy head of coffee. Deep cream and chocolate aroma, with a hint of cherries. Thin bodied! Majorly dissapointing. Body of the beer carries no flavor! Watery. Creamy chocolate and roasted chicory come through on the aftertaste, but the original impression is week. Not high in my book.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Inky and jiggly black in color, and mostly opaque with some lightening when put to light. Dark, deep khaki brown head. Aroma persists with melted semi-sweet chocolate morsels, brown sugar, caramel, Brown Cows and Hershey syrup. Subtle flavor with expressive bitter milk chocolate streaming into the palate’s domain. Souring Tollhouse morsels basking in a pool of whole milk. Medium-to-full bodied with a substantive liquid pool to encompass the playing field. Gentle chocolate milk finish. One of their better beers. UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2009 I loved it. Had it on cask at the brewery. Beautiful tan head. Rich roasted flavor and caramel. I should of taken more notes. Excellent.
re rate 2008 A tad thinner and the finsih was just a tad weaker. Still great though. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Roasty, cocoa-like aroma with some suggestions of smoke and dark fruit. Opaque darkest brown body topped by a wispy tan head that lasts well. Dark fruit flavours with strong charred roastiness and light notes of alcohol. Medium body with creamy smooth texture and perfectly fitting low carbonation. Sampled on cask at the brewpub.
Tmoney99 (14455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Draft at Arbor Brewing. Dark brown hue with a light brown head that diminished slowly. Complex good aroma of chocolate, smoke and sweet. Full body with creamy fuzzy texture. Good porter flavor with a long smooth finish. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Light brown lasting head covers the very dark body, even for a porter. Smooth and smoky nose displays a plethora of dark malts in profusion. Highly roasty, it feels very stoutish in that sense. Smooth cask feel comes close to a 5 for mouthfeel, the finish lingers and carry on the strong, yet gentle and accessible roastiness. Slightly tart, kinda fruity (cherries), this doesn,t detract the other flavors and in fact contributes to the complexity and benefit the overall experience. Whiskeyish mild alcohol presence would have been out of place in most other porters, but feel right here. This is good stuff.