Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Bottle: Cask conditioned at a tasting at the Oak Cafe. Smokey malty aroma with light coffee. Very dark brown with almost no head. Malty with a nice chocolate presence. Finish is coffee, smoke, some sweetness, and a slight sourness. No carbonation. Tim Suprise seemed just a tad excited about this one. hotstuff (5259) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Bottle. Small tan head that was mostly lasting, sparse lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, roasty, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Flavor was malty, coffee, roasty, burnt, and chocolate. Smooth palate. Medium body. TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2005
A nice dark dark brown color with a small head that disappeared quickly. Flavor starts small and grows to a very robust coffee flavor. Nice dry finish with very little after taste. An excellent Porter overall. Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Nice dark pour. The nose comes off nicely with chocolate and coffee throughout. Very powerful malty taste with a bitter yet smooth blend of dark chocolate. A great effort from Arcadia, much appreciated. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Thanks to Mike/BBB63 for this beer. 47°->54°. 12oz bottle. NB Worthy glass. Black, red tint at bottom of glass. 1/4" khaki head, nice lacing. Head dissapated after a minute or two. Aroma was great and of bittersweet chocolate, slight coffee, and fruits. When it warmed, the hops became more apparent in the aroma. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, initially sweet. Then nicely dry, bitter coffee, slightly sourish. Dry finish that is sour. Nice mouthfeel, feels "full" in the mouth and leaves a bitter tingle after. A well made, tasty porter.
Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Dark brown with a light head. Nose is interesting--sort of musty with a whiskey-like note. Flavor follows suit. Rather dry, slightly fruity with a note of sterile gauze. A dab of bitterness finishes things out. TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Pours deep mahogany with large tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Taste is consistent with the flavors of the aroma. Smooth medium body. Only knock is that it could have a bit longer of a finish. This one has held up well in the cellar. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
nice pour. Lives up to the commercial description - has a taste of chocolate, coffe, and a smoked taste. Somewhat disapointed with the bla aftertaste though. IndianaRed (5039) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Bottle Pours black with dark brown edges nd a very robust creamy tan head. The smokey bittersweet chocolate aroma is right up front. There is also a bit of that porter sour tang as well. Falvors are a nice busy, multi-faceted medley of smoke, coffee dark woody notes and a little sweet spicey flavor. Fairly dry, and not heavy but smooth and easy on the carbonation. Pleasant, no surprises trailer that is slighlty dry. I had a few dissapointing porters lately, this one restores my faith in the style. Thanks Secret Santa whomever you are. pootzboy (1805) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2004
Thanks to Northyorksammy for this bottle..Appreciated. Bottle sports a mug shot of Churchill and advertised "bottle conditioned ale"....these are good things....promising.
Pour reveals a dark red-mahogany liquid that is opaque in a larger tulip glass. Lovely 2 finger sticky mocha cap. Pronounced aromas of coffee, cocoa, molasses, dates, spice..hint of smoke.
Front side is malt dominated with the roasty-smokey, burnt toffee sweetness and then the palate fills with more complex tastes as the yeast spice and woody hops are detected....mouth feel is great!...very sturdy and substantial body for a porter without getting too filling and nearing the stout body.....still a very drinkable porter as porter should be.
Finish is slowly drying and the hops come forward as the malts recede on the tongue....light metallic aftertaste...a very well made and well executed porter that hints at "imperial porter" status but stays sufficiently dry and drinkable...nice porter..will go out of my way to get some on the next trip south.