ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Very roasty nose, not much going on in the way of the advertised specialty ingredients, mabye a bit of smoke. Taste is roasty, with contributions from the caramel malts, mild smoky flavor. Overall a very tasty porter; I had expected some wild flavors given the ingredients list, but it turned out to be a very drinkable beer. ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2011 5oz sample from a flight. Pour is dark cola with little lacing or retention. Nose is coffee, roasted malts, and light sweets, even some light notes of chocolate. Taste is right on for a solid porter. No surprises or off centered twists with this brew, despite the elaborate commercial description. It is straight forward, but extremely well done. beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2010
On tap @ the brewpub, Rehoboth DE-Dark brown pour w/a moderate tan head. Aromas of roasted malt & coffee. Flavors of some chocolate, roasted malt, a little coffee, some woodsy smoke. This beer was OK, solid, but I couldn’t help but think it reminded me of a watered down version of Bitches Brew as I was drinking it. As they had both on tap, had one after this & enjoyed it much more. Roasted malt finish. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 On tap at Rehobeth. It pours dark black chocolate with a biege tan head. The aroma is smoky with a very light sweetness from the shiraz. The flavor for me is dominated, in a good way, by the smokiness from the malts, and some malty sweetness and roastiness that settle perfectly on the palate. The body is medium almost big, but not quite. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
The first to rate. On tap at DFH Brewpub in Rehoboth. Have been waiting for Sam to make a porter. Pours a chocolate brown color with a caramel colored head. Has a roasty aroma with hints of caramel. Has a roasty taste with a nice bitter layer and chocolate notes on the finish. Before and through the finish you get hit with the grape notes which actually blend perfectly with this porter. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel. I wish Sam would play around more with Stouts and Porters. This is a very solid one. Perhaps this can be aged on some wood to add some depth to the beer’s character. Damn tasty.