NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 If a porter is between 80-89 overall I can always tell I am gonna love it. If it is 79 or lower it will probably be hit or miss. 90 or higher and 8/10 times it is more like a stout than a porter and thus everyone loves it though not always me. This is a real porter and it is freaking awesome. The aroma is mild, but roasty with hints of chocolate and malt. Deep brown to black with a fast fading head. Beautiful roasted barley flavors. Coffee and Chocolate, but they are both behind and a cohesive part of the roasted flavor. This is what I think of when I think of porter..it is the idealized porter flavor. It’s thin. But, I am giving it a 5 for palate. Because it IS NOT thin for a porter. It is perfect palate wise for a porter. I often see porters called thin and it throws me off since they should be thinner than stouts, but heavier than pale ale, bitters, esb and the like. Anyway. This is spot on. This is porter. A fantastic porter. Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
A pleasant roastiness on the nose w/ malty sweetness and a bread note. The flavor was roast and a hint of coffee w/ slight chocolate and citrus notes. The beer poured a nice black color w/ brownish hues, thin lasting head and lasting lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy and well-rounded w/ a full body. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Bottled. Black coloured, small brown head. Roasted malt in faroma. Veautiful flavour of smoke, roasted malt, coffee and caramel. Long aftertaste if roasted malt and caramel. Very smooth and easy-to-drink, though being kind of complex. jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Rating #1 Tap (7 5 8 4 17) 5/23/03. Solid black color with a dark brown head. Just a delicious thick porter with a strong roasted coffee and chocolate aroma and flavor. A full rich body. Rating #2 Bottle (8 4 8 4 17) 12/28/04. Black color with a hint of brown at the edges and a quickly laced brown head. Strong chocolate aroma at the front followed by the coffee nose. Full bodied and rich, this is how porters should be. Semi-sweet roasted coffee flavors and aftertaste. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Nice deep brown with convoluted, spiralling head. Warm, chocolately aroma with light smoke and sweet hints of honey and gingersnaps. Fairly sweet and round intial gulp, segueing to some luscious milk chocolate and mousse aspirations. Lightly raisiny and finishes with a perfectly-carbonated, thickish but refreshing vanilla mouthfeel, like sweetened whipped cream on that mousse. A great porter.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Deep, dark brown color, opaque, with a small beige head. The aroma was full of roasted coffee and chocolate...very nice. The flavor was very full and well-balanced...roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, slight lactic sourness, sweet in character. The feel was not very thick...but not too thin...wet finish. Very nice porter! flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Very dark brown color with a small beige head. Very roasty aroma with some chocolate. Nice rich roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, and sweet lactose flavors. Medium thick feel with a slightly dry hops finish. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Really nice roasty, toasty coffee aroma. Flavor was bitter, day old coffee-ish, sounds bad but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Vanilla and toffee comes out as it warms. hayduke (5209) - 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.
omhper (25128) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Bottled. Near black. Coffee aroma. Medium bodied, well hopped and really roasty. Strong citric hops interplay with the coffeeish malt flavours and it works just fine. A great porter!