XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Lots of vanilla notes with some graham cracker, has a nice smokey flavor. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2012
On draft at Denver Beer Co. Pours a typical porter brown with a white head. Nose is sweet malt, dark chocolate, lactose, and slight sugar/ spice. Flavor is similar with dark chocolate, roast, and coffee. Light to medium in body and not much of the flavors in the description noticeable in the beer. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2012
On tap at the brewery from August 2011. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Roasty and chocolate with a some vanilla notes in the nose. Taste of vanilla, chocolate and some coffee notes. Overall, this is a good vanilla porter that hits the balance pretty well. Slipstream (2720) - USA - JUN 16, 2012
Some malty Graham sweetness in this relatively light and not smoky porter. On tap at Denver beer radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Draft at SAVOR. Poured a dark brown color with a small light tan head. Aroma was Coffee, chocolate, touch of vanilla. Flavor was a lot more subtle for what I was expecting, there’s chocolate and a touch of coffee and vanilla in there, but it’s very subtle. Mouthfeel a bit thin, but enjoyed it enough - paired well with a s’more.
TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Draught @ DBC: Eclipsed ruby. Nonuniform dirty-white head lives a short life. Husky malt (burnt popcorn) aromas with subtle notes of sassafras, cola, smoke, chocolate wafer cookie, hazelnut, raisin, tarry java. Foamy residue plagues the tongue as the seltzery carbonation fizzles. Airily roasty and intensely grainy with a profoundly dull and depthless "papery" roast character which is worsened by severely husky burnt malt. Cacao nibs contribute earthiness while a distant twinge of black licorice adds sweetness and a bit of cling. A fluttering raisiny fruitiness gently exudes alongside creamed coffee and wafer cookie, as well. Trace chocolate vibrancy comes and goes, though it’s not nearly sturdy enough to withstand the body-hampering huskiness. Finishes lightly charred and everlastingly husky with a cottony flourish of roasty dryness timidly shadowed by smoke and cocoa. A very husky beer, which makes it undrinkable for me. And a rather insufferable mouthfeel to boot, as, once again in a DBC beer, the carbonation is extremely firm, pointy, and intrusive. Camons (13521) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2012
Tap @ Denver beer Company, Denver. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is malts, coffee, milk chocolate, light dried fruit. Thin body, lively carbonation. 100312 drjay44 (3893) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Draft at the brewery. Pours a thin, beige head, with slight lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is vanilla, coffee, chocolate....taste is coffee, chocolate, then vanilla, leading to toffee/caramel and then an astringent bitter cherry, and bitter cocoa powder finish...mouth feel medium towards heave, carbonation moderate. Rich, thick, heavy, this beer has all the appropriate characteristics of the style. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2013 draft. cola brown with a small tan head. mildly toast roast and dark caramel malt, a tad rough, husky and unrefined, with a starchy and dry oatmeal / graham cracker quality. carbonation is a bit fizzy and malt is a tad too rough, but otherwise it comes across as toasty, nutty and spiced, leaning to the sweet side. arminjewell (9729) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2012
On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, pour is dark brownish black with off white almost tan head, aroma brings notes of big cookie, graham, vanilla, and milk chocolate notes, hints of bitter roast and earthy notes as well. Taste is bordering on artificial, but a sweet graham and cookie like malt up front leads into some vanilla and caramel notes, touch of roasted chocolate, finishes fairly sweet. Well made, but a bit too sweet.