tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark amber, near black, with a foamy tan head. It has an aroma of roasted malt, tree bark, and a hint of caramel. The flavor is kind of bitter in a tannic way, then come some notes of roasted malt and cola. Ashy finish. Frankly, I’m a bit disappointed in this one, especially from a brewery that makes so many good beers. Overrated. Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Dark coffee/espresso-like aroma with hints of tobacco and smoked bacon. Subtle fruitiness up front (black cherries?) but lots of dark roasted flavors all around (coffee & chocolate). Could have stood to have a more robust body. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Bottle.Pours brown to black with light brown head that is frothy but diminishes quickly. Aromas of dough and light hops, moderate malt aroma with hints of roasted molasses. Flavor is moderately sweet, with tones of chocolate and malts. Medium bodied palate with just the right amount of carbonation. A very good porter. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Toasty, bitter, cucumber and peanut butter aroma. Roasty flavor on a deep brown pour. Very drinkable, not quite smooth enough for me though to warrant a higher rating among the best porters. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Darker brown color not much head. Rich and creamy smelling with hints of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is surprising, almost leaping out of the glass. Easy to drink, pretty rich, and just downright pleasing. Perhaps not as good as the Great Lakes I just drank, but its damn good. A very fine example of a porter, most def a cigar beer.
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Black pour with a thin film of tan head. Aroma is pretty sweet with nice notes of caramel and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a light coffee bitterness at the end. A little thin, but pretty easy drinking. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Smooth porter that has a coffee and chocolate taste. Very easy to drink, nice java color. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draft @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe: Almost opaque brown with a beige head. Coffe grind aroma. Sweet and roasty malt with flavors to match. Light to medium bodied. Tastey porter. stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Could be heavier, but tastes really good all the same. Goes down smooth, but with a mild rusty aftertaste that I havent quite figured out yet.....Will require more field research..... pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2006
Pours as dark as porters pour, charcoal brown-black tinged by cola, with a average loose tan head. Roasted lactic aromas dominate the nose, with peanuts and obvious dark malt present as well. Thin, but not quite watery, this porter could stand a bit more substance, though for the style, this is entirely within the normal spectrum. Also, a bit fizzy. This is a textbook blueprint of a porter. To say this tastes like a porter seems like it should be enough! Anyhow, roasty, a bit of coffee, a smidge of bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of lactose maybe. There’s some decent acidity to this, and a certain subtle floral hoppiness. I feel like the fizzy CO2 is actually contributing to the flavor somewhat. I think this joins Stone and Rogue’s offerings as being among my favorite porters.