slowrunner77 (12995) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"an interesting blend of there esb and porter, which ends up being exactly like you think it might be. the textbook aspects of each beer come through enough to let you know what’s there. they blend nicely with a very soft, smallish mouthfeel, with the look of a porter." JoeMcPhee (9580) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2010
Tap at Mission Dolores. Deep brown-black pour. Brown espresso crema head. The nose has a nice cocoa character along with a softly herbal hoppiness. A bit of grassiness and some nice cocoa. Thin bodied and fairly light drinking, despite the malty aromas. Well-balanced and pretty well made. A linging cocoaish dryness. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, caramel and chocolate malt notes. Flavor is nutty roasted chocolate, caramel and some pine hop flavor. thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Served from tap into a standard pint. Poured black as can be with a minimal tan head present. It maintained nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, caramel, and coffee. The flavor was of coffee and malt only. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. It had a really nice smooth finish to. Bear Republic has yet to let me down yet. This one is worth trying if you can get your hands on it. AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Lovely porter. Aroma and flavor of roasted malts, nuts, semi sweet chocolate. Great velvet mouthfeel. Not much hop presence in this malt bomb. Very enjoyable and drinkable.
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Draft at the tiger. Pours a dark bruin body with an off white head. Licorice, sweet chocolate undertones, some caramel and mineral dryness. Creamy and roast y with a dam nice coffee roastiness and a mild hop dryness. V. Nice. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2010
On tap at BT. Deep dark reddish amber in color with a medium off white head. Malty roasty caramel aroma. Plum, chocolatety hoppy notes. Malty caramel dark roasty flavor. Light hoppy notes. Full bodied. Dry finish. Nice Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bear Republic Promo event at Blind Tiger. Pours a very deep dark brown nearing on black with a decent beige head. Aroma is big sharp roast and nutty dark chocolate, hops are noticed but subdued- light grass and mint with light floral hints. Flavor is more nutty chocolate with some hints of roast- minty piny Columbus hops come out even more here as it warms with a light tootsie roll chocolate sweetness in the end. Nice. DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
On draft at Bear Republic Brewing (Healdsburg, CA): Pours a transparent dark brown color, beige head, not appealing, into a small glass. Aromatic notes of sweet caramel, roasted barley, and toasted bready malts. Heavily grainy in the taste- and drying, too- but surprisingly, has a very light to almost medium mouthfeel. Hardly a finish. Other notable characteristics: caramel malt, mild cocoa, and no distinct taste of hops. Drinkability: Borders the line of commercial. Pairing: Smoked ham. Rebuy: No. #368 on 31032010, DG. SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Dark beer. Stout or porter? Porter seems like the more noble choice in this case, and there is too much malty goodness here to hang all of your socks on the roasted malts alone. Dark brown (nearly black) in color with a lasting tan head. The aroma has nice toasty caramel and chocolate malt character. The flavor also has rich caramel and chocolate with a bitter dark chocolate touch as well. Medium sweet with a nice fruity hop balance and firm bitterness. Pretty hoppy profile overall. Medium bodied. Really tasty and unique profile.