DocLock (10969) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
On draft at GLI. This one is a top notch porter...a definite upper echelon porter. Pours obsidian with a medium, tan head. Aroma of malt, big chocoff, some fruit. Tastes malty, with a rich chocoff presence that gets dark chocolatyer at the finish. Super smooth, rich palate, and a great finish. This one is up there with Smutty Robust and Alpha Klaus as my top-of-the-heap porters. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/25/2007blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
opaque brown, fine beige head, streaky lace,
smokey chocolate aroma,
rich chocolate flavor, lots of coffee character, caramel sweetness bring out the rich chocolate,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Draft. Pours near black with a thin beige head. Roasty and sweet malty aroma with some mild nutty notes. The flavor has roasted and lightly burnt malts, coffee, and a light sweetness. Decent. douglas88 (9568) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Bottle shared by footbalm, thanks man. Pours a dark brown body with a medium light brown head. The aroma is light coffee and roasted malts, no alcohol at all. The flavor had become a bit oxidized perhaps; a sour woody, roasted malt, some roasted coffee beans and some acidic notes. Not really sweet at all, but altogether not a bad beer. I’m skeptical of the quality of this particular beer and I’ll try to rate again soon. Not bad though. Ibrew2or3 (8807) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Big thanks to tpd975 for bringing this rare treat to the weekly tasting. Pours deep and dark with infra red edges and thin mocha head. The aroma is rich and inviting with roasty and toasty malts mixing with chocolate, burnt molasses and a mild coffee note. The aroma is poetry. I could tug on it all night long. YUM! The taste starts with a rich creaminess yet a bit thinner than the rich aroma was hinting at. I get the same notes as noted in the nose with roasty and toastines followed by rich dark chocolate. Yum, lots of flavor going on here including burnt molasses and coffee. All the flavors blend together cohesively creating a wonderful sensation.
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Bottles thanks to zathrus13 and captaincougar. Uploaded a picture. Pours with a large, light brown head and a deep black body. Aroma of flowers, chocolate (baking), and some berries. Taste is smoke with jerky, chocolate, and something spritzy. Lightly lively bubbles with a cream like mouthfeel. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a tall, dense, well-retained cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasty, milky chocolates with accents of vanilla and some cocoa.. sweet and entirely desserty. The flavor found a blend of milk and lesser dark chocolates at the core.. vanilla and cocoa bitterness on the edges.. lactic sourness rolled off the edges joined by prickly carbonation and burnt earth.. just slightly vinegary at the end. Medium-bodied with way too much carbonation on the palate.. the sweetness and sourness were balanced well on the front half, but the sours took over at the end.. all in all a very tasty brew! CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of roasted dark malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee complexity. Body starts with a somewhat thick, earthy dark caramel and chocolatey malty sweetness and good, rich bittersweet dark chocolate complexity. Very drinkable and enjoyable. HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle ྫྷoz). Shared by biegaman with me and GregClow. Dark pour,small off-white head. Slightly sour roast aroma, dry and acidic. Taste - too much like sour coffee grounds and sour cherries - weird. Slick, acidic mouthfeel, minerally aftertaste. Odd, a little too sour. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Growler obtained from the brewery on 10/3/06 and consumed on 12/2/06 (kept in fridge)
Correct filling and handling of the growler leads to a large light-tan head that cascades up from the black chocolate body. Mostly well-retained, leaving spotty lacing on the glass. Medium to medium-high clarity with plenty of carbonation.
Some light ashiness overlays the aroma, at first, well-burnt and roasty, but sweet chocolate notes go to work on softening things. A touch of lactic notes, with some graham crackers, light coffee and even some green, juicy, fruity hops with a bit of citrus to them. Warming allows chocolate to really come on strong, though it never seems too sweet or dominant. Great balance between the roasted/chocolate notes and the base/crystal malts. Very aromatic. Chocolate is not deeply milky or fudgey, but more tempered by the roast leading to a medium sweet cocoa feel. No alcohol or flaws noted.
Sweet vanilla and marshmallow flavors abound at first, as the pale/crystal malts contend with the darker malts. A hint of coffee is noted, though it’s got some lactic and bitter notes to it. The dark malts eventually dry things out and a mix of roast and chocolate sits pleasantly on the finish. Not the most complex example I’ve had, but just incredibly balanced. Usually chocolate porters are either way too sweet and syrupy without any assertive/drying roast, or they’re way too far the other direction from overuse of dark malts. This one really nails it and is a pleasure to drink. Split the growler with a friend and it was gone in no time. Looser carbonation (as expected) but I had it on tap fresh at the brewery and it was perfectly fine and engaging.
Sticky, but decidedly not syrupy texture. Supple maltiness and very drinkable. Not overdone in any category.