Quick3Beers (1234) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Bottled November 2016. Pours a near-black brown from a bottle, almost non-existent head. Smells like coffee and pumpernickel toast, flavor adds chocolate into the mix. Good beer. superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled in 12/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a damn nice porter style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 23, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours near black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee malts, some roast, light dough, and light bitterness. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty old bottle it seems but it’s not bad. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2008
750 ml bottle from the brewery..... dark brown almost black pour with lighter brown hues at the edges. thin off-white to light brown head..... aroma wasn’t anything too special. chocolate and lightly roasted malt..... flavors of chocolate and roasted malt with an equally high level of carbonation..... a better porter was had a little while later at cambridge brewing company. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2008
750 ml bottle poured by one of the brewers. Pours a nice depe dark brown with a foamy lasting lightish beige head. Aroma is nutty and chocolates with a higher amount of fruity esters than expected- dark candied fruits- prunes raisin and some apricot- ligth dusty earthy hops. Good dark chocolate malt flavor- nutty dry roastiness, more dry dusty earthy and spicy hops, and a bit on the sweet side though. Carbonation is a bit on the higher end. Pretty good porter, but probably not worth the $10+ price tag for a regular porter in a 750 ml bottle.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Smell of burnt coffee, real dark roast. Tasted kind of portwiney, but with a wierd texture. Not bad, but the flavours did not really balance right. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
From notes taken back in December: Pours deep brown with a tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, truffles and pepper. Tastes chocolatey with a nice full finish. Not a bad take on the style. openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2005
On tap at Jillian’s in Manchester. Was really excited to see a porter on tap (someplace other than Millys). That excitement quickly dissapated after tasting the beer. The beer had no real discernable aroma. Thin head with uneven lacing. Taste was overly malty with a hint of hops. Had a bit of a watery feel to it as well. I was hoping I just had a bad keg but it’s not seeming that way. Dissapointing to say the least. jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Solid black color with a dark head. Coffee tasting with a dominating taste of chocolate malt. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Color is strictly ebon, head is thick and tall, a deep cocoa/brown. Aroma is perfect for a porter, full of all things nice: coffee, cream, toffee, a touch of chocolate. Rich, sweet, uplifting.
Hop delivery is pleasing, though brief, upon the palate. Malt is fully in charge here, and is sweet and luscious.
Very drinkable, and hops make return appearance throughout, allowing for for tasty texture and rewarding drinking.
I would easily choose this excellent porter as a session brew, though I’d surely be distracted by the flavor.