noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Poured nearly black with a foamy tan head which receded fairly slowly with moderare lacing. Aromas were chocolate, coffee, earth, smoke, molasses, toffee, and floral hops. Flaor was sweet roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, earth, herbs, spice, bread and a nice hop bitterness. A tad watery, but characteristic of a porter. More carbonated than most. Nice malt flavor in a refreshing porter, not too sweet like some. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is roasty and chocolate. Flavor is initially of sweet malt and molases. Finish is slightly bitter with hints of coffee. Texture is smooth and creamy. Quite nice. jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Brown porter style evidently. Malty/roasty in aroma, quite smooth, just too similar to standard brown ale for me. I prefer the robust Anchor Porter style. Good nonetheless. tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Very dark brown, nearly black, with a small thick tan head. A sweet chocolate malt aroma. A sweet taste of chocolate, with a roasty coffee flavor and just a hint of molasses. Medium body for a porter style beer, has a nice creamy palate, a very satisfying beer. Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Sampled on draft, Patton Alley Pub, MO. Pours murky brown with a nice tan head and attractive lacing. Aroma is very subtle with only chocolate and spicy hops. Flavor is slightly bitter with mostly chocolate and crystal malts. A nice flavor hop addition adds dimension to this otherwise average porter. Silky smooth mouthfeel with its full body is the best attribute, though. Too average to pick this over my regionally made porter, Bully!
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Feb 13th 2006 Re-rate
Aroma is less intense than I remember. Still touches on coffee and chocolate. Still a pretty beer with a deep black color and firm, creamy thumb thick mocha head. Flavor is also much less intense. Coffee, chocolate and molasses are stillt he main players, but the intensity is way less than I recalled. Sought out extra of this because I recalled it so fondly, but now it seems just good..not great.
Original rating 4.4
Roasted coffee/malt/chocolate aroma. Deep black with a thumb thick head. Flavor is dominated by the dark malt then you get some coffee, chocolate and even mild molasses notes. A fantastic tasting porter. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2005
120z - bottled 01/05/2005 - Aroma is roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and toffee. Pours black with a small off white head and subtle lacing. Flavor is roasty, smokey, chocolate, and coffee. Palate is creamy and smooth. One of my all time favorite porters. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Dark brown pour nice thick head. Big time chocolate, malt, with lighter tones of coffee and smoke. Tastes similar to a creamy chocolate milk with a big splash of coffee. Has that "bells" taste to it too. Rerate includes the overindulgance of smoked smoke. I despise the smoked ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 10, 2005
Black in color and a dark head. Has a chocolate sweet aroma. A malty sweetness with hints of chocolate. jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Despite a deep brown pour with bubbly head (that quickly lost its gusto), the aroma was somewhat metallic, but mostly earthy with hints of chocolate and malts. Flavor of grain, malts, molasses. Medium body made for comfortable enough palate.