Grovlam (4252) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2007
Bottle. Average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted. Good and thick display of lacework. Color was of cause pitch black. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, burned notes and caramel. Also some liquorish, wood and a hint of hops. Medium bodied with an average carbonation. Moderated sweet malty flavor with light bitterness. Light bitter coffee like finish. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Big roasted malt and dry coffee aroma. Black body with a largy frothy head. Medium palate at best. Bitter coffee taste with some mettallic aspects to it. hayduke (5549) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottling date unknown
[Alcohol 5.5% by Volume]
Presentation: 22 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, with a nice simple Coast Range angled across a dark diamond set on a gold background. No other data except for Maduro Porter at the botto, and no other information is on the bottle except the usual health warnings.
Appearance: A very dark garnet, tending toward black that dropped into the glass like used motor oil, raising an immense foamy head that just sat there and sat there. It settled very slowly leaving almost no lacing in my glass. If you like fat, long lasting heads this ones for you, but I got impatient after a few minutes and so dug through it looking for the Porter that was supposed to be in the bottom of the glass somewhere.
Nose: Intense odors of dark chocolate, coffee, and burnt malts. Dark fruits kind of like prunes soaked in alcohol are in there also. Hops are pretty much hidden at this point.
Flavor is a very distinct dark chocolates and caramel with some brown sugar and dark burnt wood flavors that fill in with a hefty dose of roasted malts and just a hint of hops. The finish has a nice light hop bite, along with some liquorices and caramel that rounds this great Porter off nicely.
Mouthfeel: This one has a really smooth mouthfeel. Not oily, not harsh, but just great to slosh around over the teeth and tongue. Going down the back of the throat you feel a little tingle, but low carbonation makes this exceptionally easy to drink.
Overall and Drinkability: This is one that needs not need to be gently sipped; you can take a big swig and come back for more. So overall I have to rate this as simply a really nice Porter. One last comment. I drank this at room temperature and feel that was the correct decision. Too cold and it would not be as nice. I wonder how many raters drink their dark beers too cold.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Honestly dont think much of this beer. Its a one and done beer. I just couldnt have another and having trouble finishing this one. Its very chocolately but an incredibly harsh mouthfeel. Worth a try i guess, and a good porter, but a harsh beer. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Poured a very dark almost opaque brown color with a small tan head. Big creamy milk chocolate aroma over roasted malt. More milk chocolate in the flavor. Mild to moderate hop finish. Semi-dry long bitter finish.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
22-oz.; thanks, Tever! Pours deep black and stout-like; thick, moussy tan head plenty of bubbles, too. Gigantic, pure chocolate nose. Medium body, medium carb--very easy to drink given the colors and the richness of the nose. Rich roasty palate with lots more bittersweet chocolate. Clean, pure finish. Fantastic stuff. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Pours an opaque mahogany with a spotty-lacing thin covering of light tan head. Big milk chocolatey aroma has some caramel maltiness. Body starts sweet and robust with lots of caramel and chocolate showing more bittering hoppy presence toward the lingering mocha coffee finish. A nicely-balanced, enjoyable porter. Thanks to tever for the bottle. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Pours dark with a large brown frothy head. Aromas of burnt malts. Flavors of burnt malts as well as chocolate. Not too much of a body but robust. Nice finish. robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Very foamy head that quickly disappates. Dark as sin with no light coming through. Dark roasty flavor. Smooth at first, then comes on wirth roast leaving a lingering aftertaste. Don’t really taste the hops the placard at the store mentioned. A little thinnish, albeit chewy, in body. Very nice. The name Maduro is also a cigar. I could easily see sipping this porter along with a big maduro lit up! Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Like root vegetables out of the ground, dirt on beets; plus, Chinese vegetables and rice, and chocolate. Deep brown with yellow at the edges. Nice toasty finish with chocolate notes. Moderate palate, some carbonation but neither annoyingly thin or stout-like thick. Good porter. Bomber shared with Lumpy.