Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2012
12 oz. bottle. My first Arkansas beer. The pour gives a dark and ruddy brownish-mauve body with a moderate head of bubbly, pale taupe foam. Jagged, tattered walls of lace coat the glass. The nose is malt driven, very lactic and chocolaty, with fruity notes of fig and raisin and some tobacco-like earthy spice. As it warms I get some sorghum and maybe some distant maple. Hops lend a subdued grassiness. Flavors show a little more balance. Bittersweet cocoa lays the baseline, along with some dried up, earthen dark fruits. Grassy hops are a little more assertive, and the dark spicing lends a little bit of bitterness that lingers on the finish. The palate sports a moderate body that is chalky and somewhat papery, with carbonation dragging laboriously across the tongue. I gotta say...it’s a heck of a lot better than I thought it would be. Not the best porter I’ve had by any means, but a solid and fairly authentic for an English style. DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle. Beer of the month club. Very dark brown to black color with a nice, big, consistent, beige head. Nice roasty aroma with dark chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla hints. Sweetish flavor with some chocolate, nutty hints and a drier, roasty finish with a bit of coffee and an acidic hint. Medium-bodied. The label is ugly, but the beer is decent and quite enjoyable. mcnealc31 (258) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Some unfamiliar fragrances for a porter here with raspberry coming through quite a bit. Unfamiliar flavors, too. Gone are the chocolate and coffee you might expect, replaced with nutty malt, raspberry, pretzels, wood, and an extremely dry and chalky finish. The grassy hops are quite aggressive for a porter, too.
Very different. Give it a try. BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
from BOTM club. Pours dark brown, hint of light comes through. gassy tan head. Rich malty nose hints of cocoa. Flavor starts tasty of cocoa but quickly turns harsh. Carbonation and harsh green hop flavor overwhelms malt flavor. Started off with promise but falls short. 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Weak roasted chocolate malt body. Light coffee bean notes. Some milky sweetness with chocolate and grass. Dry and a little chalky.
mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
bottle thanks atom. pours a deep black with big tan head. aroma of chocolate and nuts. medium body little on the hoppy side also little ashy matthewjk (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Came along via Beer of the Month Club - 12oz bottle into bottle. This thing lacked the robust characteristics that I was hoping for. Bit thin. I’m bypassing this in the future. billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Pretty true to the style but without significance. I may have had it too cold, but the aroma was weak and the palate was exceptionally smooth for the style. Not much up front, but nice hints on the back. Roasty and chocolatey with hints of alcohol. Atom (2572) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2011
12oz bottle courtesy of GT2. Pours a dark brown/cola with ruby highlights and a thin khaki head. Aroma is predominately cocoa powder, raisin, and dark malts. Taste similar to aroma with some coffee and burnt earthy flavors on the finish. Not bad, not exciting. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2011
12 oz bottle shared by GT2: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel and nutty nose with a touch of diacetyl. Starts with decent fullness and toasty dark maltiness with a touch of burnt popcorn and dark chocolate before a drier bittersweet finish. An average porter at best. Could use a little more body and complexity.