davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Nice roasty, malty aroma. Sorry to read the other posters weren't too fond of this beer, but mine is in quite good condition. Color is deep, deep brown, but now quite black. Good carbonation with a tight tan head that last from beginning to end. The taste is of roasted malt and is quite smooth, yet there are hops in there as well which balance and dry things out nicely. This is a very good beer and when drank fresh, Central Waters beers are all quite good. They don't pasturize the bottles, so if stored improperly, they'll go bad. Fortuately, mine was quite good! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Deep, deep, deep, dark ruby blanketed brown. Smooth and firm cocoa colored cap about a half inch high sits atop. But a whisp of skim remains once it dwindles down along with a thin collar. Minimal lace sticks in a slight stringy pattern.
Soft, clean, and very fresh cocoa nose with a moderate helping of roasty tones bringing a modestly robust semblance of espresso beans. Notes of baked burnt hops.
Darkly flavored in the taste department. Dark, rich, deep tones of black burnt malt, chocolate bitterness, and scorched hops brim and buckle with a surge of robustness thats quite nice and vastly roasty. Steady drying tones in the finish where the espresso gains a foothold over the chocolate tones. Staying crispy with a burnt edge of spicy pizza crusts. Great additions there with some peppery notes. Old memories of the Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout from Bell’s is beginning to brim to the surface of my buds as I continue to sip and gulp this fantasticly robust porter. New memories are now in place.
The feel of this beer is down right fascinating with one supurb smoothness and uniquely creamy medium/full body while maintaining its robust roasty character. Perfect for a porter. Keeps a well handled hoppyness that lends a bit of bittering biting virulence to the overall roastyness. Always dark, always roasted; blackened even in some of its personality. A very well crafted porter. Unimaginably yummy.
This puppy ain’t muddy at all. WankerWeasel (18) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Pours a deep brown color and allows no light to penetrate. Nice couple fingers of medium brown foamy head sit on top of this pour. The foam slowly settles and leaves a nice sticky layer of lace covering the walls of the glass. If it looks this good, it’s gotta smell even better. Smooth rich chocolate and slightly sweet malt fill the nose. Big roasty aroma comes in next with a great bit of coffee. Little hint of caramel in the aroma also. What a wonderful aroma. The flavor is gonna have a hard time beating this aroma (but I have a good feeling it will). Smooth and rich chocolate flavor coats the tongue. Roasty malts with a great little bit of smoothness to it. Little hint of burnt malt comes in and is then quickly overtaken by the chocolate malt. Smooth and rich caramel comes in on the aftertaste and feels amazingly silky on the tongue. Little bit of toasted malt on the aftertaste also. Man, this stuff is killer. So much flavor it overwhelms the palate at times yet it’s still fairly light in the stomach even with this big of a body and flavor. I’d have to say this one ranks in my top 5 porters around. rmarq423 (3) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013 does not count
Amazing beer - might be my favorite porter of all-time. Wish that it was available "on nitro" at more pubs.