brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Aroma starts with a strange fruitiness,almost like Mogan David Concord wine,then settles into a pleasant chocolately maltiness as it warms taste is a delicious full dark chocolate pudding and slight coffee taste,slight sharp carbonic bite,nice roasted finish,thinned a little at the end ,but still one of those unexpected great discoveries you make when trying something new 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle: Nearly pitch black, moderate frothy beige head, sporatic lacing.   Soft roasted malt nose, a little sweet lactose, some
chocolate malt, minor hop presense.   Good proportion of roasted malts and hop bitterness on the tongue.   Seems fairly well
balanced.   Quite roasty, moreso than most, with a decent sweetness on the backside.   Hop bitterness is present, but is the lesser
part of this equation.   Definitely a bit bigger than most, flavor wise, so I would say that this "Robust Porter" lives up to its name.
Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Finish is malty, roasty, some chocolate malts, and quite chalky.   Overall a well
balanced beer.   Purdy darn enjoyable this one is. LinusStick (3447) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
One of the best porters I’ve had all year. Aroma was big and strong. Coffee and dark malt that is relentless. Pour was a deep dark brown with a nice pillowy one finger tan head. Taste was definately...ummm...robust. Strong notes of coffee and roasted malt. Very full and engrossing. Bitter coffee aftertaste with a good bit of smokiness. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Big, delicious roasty aroma, thick milk chocolate, tobacco and a light evergreen tinge. Initially sweet flavor clarifies into some sharp and smoky but not overwhelming roastiness. Some sweetness becomes apparent again in the finish along with mild bitterness and more smoke. Hi carbo levels, a bit too sharp. Another good quality porter from this brewery. hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a vary dark brown with a tan head and good lacing. Nose was strongly of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Medium body. Flavor is less of the chocolate than the nose would suggest, and a hit of ripe fruit sneaks in. Carbonation is fairly high and the finish is slightly bitter. A quite decent Porter.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2007
22 oz. bottle from BevMo (Mission Valley, S.D.) - Pours a dark brown color with a medium size light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is coffee and chocolate. Medium body. A good beer. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 5, 2007
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, and an earthy, grassy aroma. Grassy and chocolate taste with some smoky notes to the finish. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Roasted barley aroma with a rich dark chocolate quality. Hints of anise and fainter still is a soft whiff of tobacco.
Taste: The flavor is predominantly roasty, with only a very subtle sweetness. Sadly, there’s far less chocolate in the taste than the nose led me to believe. More of the anise and tobacco leaves. Extremely light hint of fruit prior to the chalky finish with a light lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fairly mild carbonation, with an overall soft mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not nearly as dull or dreary as the Winslow Homer-esque painting on the label would have you believe. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Date: 09/29/2007CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
black with ruby edges, wispy beige head,
rich dark chocolate aroma,
rich dark chocolate flavor, very dry with a bitterness the brings out a burnt chalky character,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Pours a mostly opaque black with mahogany edges and a thin covering of dark tan head. Aroma of lightly toasted and sweet dark caramel and chocolate malts. Body starts with a nice chocolatey sweetness and good roasted caramel balance toward a bittersweet finish. A nice porter.