StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Translucent with a black cherry color and a tight packed, deep tan spongy head with formidable retention and lacing tracts along the English pint glass. Aroma gives off romantic sentiments of rustic roads of chocolate, and experimental black coca-cola. A touch of dark chocolate amidst mocha brownie batter comes across the nose along with a glimpse of dark caramel accentuations. Flavor washes in and out with cocoa and a hint of black patent rations. Chocolate wafers sodden in dark chocolate milk. Roasty cocoa dusted Christmas nuts chucked from the tins. Essentially, itís a conglomerate of easy going chocolate assortments. Carbonation detracts from the lighter bodied ale, with the use of the traditionally rustic porter malt bill seeming to serve more for color than for flavor. Light French silk chocolate frozen custard crŤme and chocolate flavored chex emit the most in the finish. Easy, calm stuff. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned! Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
Nice, serviceable porter. Good roasting and medium to full body. Chocalate malts. Refreshing and quite drinkable. Too bad sheís no more. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Pour is pretty much black with a thin tan head...smell is rich and smokey with lots of cocoa...taste is a tad smokey, but very chocolatey...a little thin... SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 10, 2006
In the bottle. Iím sad to see this go. Pours black with a dark beige head that remains throughout the beer. Aroma is of strong coffee and a bit of mint chocolate. Flavor supports a tingly first bite yielding to a malty sweetness. Chocolate flavor is well developed. Not super thick, but better than medium. This is smooth and easy to drink. Only fault I can find is a bit of a salty finish. This was my last one. Maybe I should have held onto this longer for nostalgiaís sake? stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Cocoa porter-and then some. Lots of chocolate flavor makes it really good, and is also the problem.
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 6, 2006
06-Apr-06 (12 oz bottle: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) Well, one last time with this now-defunct beer, and a shame because itís a pretty decent porter. Very chocolaty and moderately sweet, like eating a chocolate bar. Bitterness, hops, roast, these are all greatly subdued here, so the chocolate is absolutely dominant, but the mild smokiness in the finish is quite nice. More of the same in the nose: sweet chocolate candy, and probably moreso than the flavor. The biggest problem with this beer is that the body is a bit thin and watery, and thought I like the flavor, it too suffers from a bit of thinness. Mahogany in color with some transparency. Smallish, light-tan head settles to a ring. Despite some issues with body and one-dimenionality, this is still quite an enjoyable porter. But there is so much good beer out there, Iím not heartbroken that this oneís a goner.mbcratpack (1) - brighton, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2006 does not count
20-Feb-04 (12 oz bottle) Itís smells and tastes like drinking liquified chocolate. Very chocolatey, dark roasted malt totally dominates the flavor, but the nose is misleadingly sweet. Moderately bitter, but less than what is the norm for a Grantís beer. The palate is very thin and watery, and carbonation on the palate is minimal. Dark brown in color and nearly opaque. Sizeable, tan head on the pour has good retention, but marginal lacing. (6, 4, 7, 3, 14 = 3.4)
It is a sad day that the best porter I have ever had, bar none, by far, has been reitired! Whatís up with that???? jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2006
From a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle with a blurb about the porter on the back label and no freshness date. Poured an opaque dark french roasted coffee color with a samll pale tan head that reduced to a thin lacing. Had a faint smoky aroma, coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Moderate carbonation and a smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Had a burnt chocolate malt taste, a little sweetness and a soft hoppiness in the middle and a semi-dry sweet charcoal finish.
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 roasted coffee aroma. very dark with a beige head. coffee, milk chocolate, smoke. long dry chalky milky aftertaste. could use some more carbonation but I really like this because of the strong chocolate malt character. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Perfect porter pours black with a reddish hue. A thin, wispy tan colored head has it as well as roasted nut and chocolate malt aromas. Light bodied and softly carbonated with a watery texture.
A rich taste of chocolate and blackened malts . No hop flavors to be found here. A pretty nice dark ale