ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013Niko100 (2891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Rated 4/3/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a two finger mocha shade, settling to one finger after a while. As it fades, lots of webbed lacing remains on the glass.
S: The tone this one takes in general is "hops first, porter second", with plenty of earthy, lemon, pine, and grapefruit notes emanating from the hop profile. As it warms up, a faint amount of roasted barley and chocolate appear.
T: The hops here are front loaded on the palate, opening with flavors of lemon and pine. The midtaste and finish sees an increase of roasted, coffee-forward notes along side an upsurging ’ping’ of hop bitterness. Granted, I let this one sit in the fridge for 2 months before opening (and God only knows how fresh it was when I picked it up), but this is a bit more balanced than I was assuming.
M: On the lighter side in terms of texture without being watery. The finish has a pleasant drying sensation, as well. Easy to drink.
O: Even with a few months on it, it’s pretty damn good - or maybe it’s pretty damn good BECAUSE it has a few months on it? Not sure. Would buy again, though; one of the more successful robust porters I’ve had in a while.
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, & hops; Flavor of roasted malt, hops, coffee, chocolate, and spice; Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Kinda like a black IPA - good. haussparker (20) - Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Aroma is nice and earthy and grassy. The aftertaste is also very fresh and grassy. revoltingblob (46) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
Bought this from Beer Mongers in Portland, OR 11 months ago. Kind of forgot about it.
Dark, black coffee appearance. Small head with little to no lacing. Still fairly carbonated and it retained some of the dry hop aroma. Smells very nice! Lot’s of subdued caramel, maltiness with some cocoa bits in there. Taste is surprisingly dry hoppy still with some licorice and caramel malt sweetness. Pretty tasty. Nice balance with the carbonation. Nice light richness in the mouthfeel with some cool textural quality. Really decent beer I wish I had drank fresh! Bebum (963) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Coca cola brown, lasting tan head.
Medium body, well flavored, refreshingly crisp, little heat but nice carbonation, lingering and tasty finish.
Bitter predominantly but plenty of sweet counternotes and balancing acidity.
Roast and hop flavors compete, adding much complexity, interest and pleasure to this delicious experiment.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2016 Pours dark brown almost black, little head. The aroma is roast, caramel, earthy. Flavor is roasty, burn, coffee, sweet with suttle caramel. Really good. Overall aged for two years allows the flavors to develop well. Would recommend
Belgrave (30) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
Pours a deep ruby-black/brown with a large fluffy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, fruit, yeast, malt and hops. Flavourful taste is roasty and chocolatey with significant hops and fruit. Full bodied. Great porter! sinfull (1633) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 14, 2015
Black color , medium-size beige head. Malty , chocolate aroma of a porter mixed with aroma of the american hop. Taste is more traditional :malt , coffee, chocolate . However ,hop shows up again in the end, as the interesting mix of hoppy and roast bitterness. two7offsuit (448) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is pine with a hint of coffee. Hoppy for a porter with subtle coffee flavor. jflopsu (1592) - New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2015
Pours a dark black with little head. A strong dark chcolate and dark fruit aroma. A strong taste of chcolate, coffee, prunes, cherries, and malts. A very malty dark fruit aftertaste. TXGenX (8) - - FEB 27, 2015 does not count
One of the hoppier porters I've had. Good flavor, but it's hard to know how to rate it against its type. Mouth feel is smooth but lighter than most porters. .color is dark as can be. Creamy head gases quickly. Some coffee at the back end .on tap at Hay Merchant.
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