Block (2894) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Dark red-black pour with a tan head. Weird spicy aroma, almost hot sauce like. Flavor of wood, roasted malts, and spices. Slight sourness. Strange flavor with light body. Gets worse as I drink it. Acidic finish. ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Bottles and draught at Sunset Grill mid-2008.nuplastikk (6373) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Filtered/force carbonated and I’m not sure whether they pasteurize or not. Regardless, these are some truly washed-out, lifeless beers that are no doubt sterile filtered and full of insipidly sweet, artificial flavors and underfermented sugars. Tastes like candy in a bottle. Sweeter than breckenridge vanilla porter and though it advertises java, it’s certainly not a particularly dainty flavor. The vanilla flavor sits heavily on the palate, mixing in with the chocolatey-sweet sugars and coffee is just an afterthought, adding nothing more than sourness. Little to no roastiness, poor balance, watery mouthfeel. They’ve taken the Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter and made it worse.
12oz bottle. Thick brown-black color. Sweet chocolate aroma. Sweet and medium bodied, with a slight sour quality to it. Very drinkable and smooth. The roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee flavors all. An interesting Black Ale, but not exactly world class stuff. DSG (15035) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 Re-rate 5/4/11: Bottle. Beer of the month club. Black-colored with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee notes. Sweetish flavor roasty graininess, vegetal hints, vanilla, coffee, a bit of lactic sourness and a drier finish. Light-medium-bodied. Not great, but drinkable unlike last time. 6/3/5/3/11=2.8
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Beautiful black-colored beer with a magnificent big, stable, beige head. Aroma of roasted coffee, vanilla, some infected yeast acidity notes. Flavor starts sweet and a bit chocolatey with hints of vanilla and very unpleasant sourness, mostly towards the finish. Light-bodied. If it wasn’t for the nasty infection this would probably be a decent beer. I wouldn’t have rated it if I didn’t see in other ratings the infection seems to be a consistent thing. 5/5/3/2/7=2.2
Single bottle from Pat’s Liquor’s in Porter, Indiana: It poured a very dark brown body with a short-lived creamy tan head. Almost no lace. It had an aroma of burnt coffee grounds and a dribble of vanilla. Pretty thin. It had a light taste of coffee, a suggestion of chocolate, and a lactic-like sourness near the finish. Thank goodness for single bottle buys.
mcox90 (2107) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 27, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with a 2" foamy head. Nose has a funky sourness about it with coffee. Flavor is very metallic at first, then degrades into an artificial sour funk. Also heavy coffee presence. Coffee with tin foil in it, yum. I loves my porters, but this one is barely above a drain pour johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2009
bottle: Pours very dark brown with a nice foamy tan head. Artificial sweetener with a faint coffee and cocoa aroma,. Combined they produce an unpleasant musty, sour smell. Taste is even worse. Initial vanilla extract taste turns to a sour, watered down vinegar finish and leaves a very sour lingering aftertaste. Flat and chalky mouthfeel. Only way I will ever try this again is out of the tap at the brewery. milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Not really a good porter. Little in the way of roasted aroma, or coffee, or even chocolate. Flavor is similarly flat, with nothing to note. Oh yeah...no vanilla really present. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2009
bottle bought for $1.67 from lexington. pours a very thin pure black with ugly yeast specks everywhere, like a shake. super not viscous at all. at first i liked the aroma a lot, it was super coffee/vanilla. about halfway through now, it’s still reasonably good but pretty fake. it’s mostly vanilla, with the obvious side of chocolate. pretty fake, again. i just washed my keyboard. shit types so much faster and cleaner now. this is how shit was meant to be. beer tastes fucking awful. like infected awful, but not that bad. lousy awful. um, let’s look for adjectives suggested by ratebeer: light sweetness, medium bitterness, heavily sour, salty, vinegar, vinegar, vinegar, no paper napkin actually. great. cello cello cello cello cello cello cello cello BREWMUSKCLES (2721) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2009
pours just like a soda the brew is light in body with a foamy and light head that disappears in short order. on the palate again like a soda i can say that i did enjoy the flavor of vanilla and coffee as they both seem genuine and balanced. touch of something of an earthy or root nature just barely perhaps vegetable. it is different and demonstrative. no alcohol to taste but good beer buzz i just dont know exactly why but i like it!