ttutony (922) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015 DocLock (10725) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 slim bottle. Pours hazy dark brownish black with tan head. Nose is roasty choc and patent malts, heavy coffee, hops. Tastes roasty and dark malty, with a big coffee flavor, some hops, and an overall bitter black coffee flavor. OK, not great.
Earlier Rating: 1/31/2011 Total Score: 3.8
Swing top 1L bottle. Pours deep brownish black with 1-finger tan head. Nose is big coffee grounds, jalapeno oil, black malt, very much like Bell’s java in the nose. Tastes bitter, with big coffee flavor, black malt, and some hops and cacao. Medium palate heft, smooth, and delicious.
Dark brown nearly black with a tan thin head. Coffee aroma, a little flat on the palate, flavor-wise. Still pretty good overall. Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a two finger tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor was roasty with chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted coffee and had just a little bitterness. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
1 Liter swingtop bottle shared by StormKing47 at Al’s of Hampden. Shared with the Al’s of Hampden guys. Poured into an tasting glass.
Travlr (25264) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2014
A - Pours dark brown, borderline black, with a nice one finger tan head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing down the glass.
S - Eye opener is the perfect name for this one. Coffee aroma is strong and ever present. As it comes to room temperature you pick up a bit of bitter chocolate and a touch of sweetness from the malt. A touch one dimensional but still very nice.
T - Could there be any more coffee in this one? Bitter dark roast coffee up front giving way quickly to a thin, chocolate flavor. Finish is lots of strong, dark, coffee that lingers for a short time. I think I could actually pass this off as a cup of coffee. A very solid coffee porter.
M - Heavy flavor and body with medium-light carbonation. A bit on the thin side for what I like from my porters but still a good feel.
D - Pretty good. I would say porters are my second favorite style behind stouts and, while I liked this one a lot, it was a bit too thin for my liking. Still a very nice porter, just not the best I have had.
Bottle. Clear dark maroon color. Aroma of coffee and cocoa. Taste is more coffee slightly thin body, but decent enough. GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by noodleuser at the DC Local Tasting. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of sweet coffee, chocolate, roast. Tastes of bitter roast, chocolate, coffee. Medium body with a dry finish.
nimbleprop (8467) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
22oz bottle pours a watery, but nearly opaque black with some thicker, eggshell head. Nose has big bright coffee grounds, nutty, malt, toast, cracker,a little dark chocolate, but mostly just quality coffee. Flavor is so balanced, roasty, coffee grounds, toasted bread crust, malt, some mild molasses, hints of smoke. The coffee is really the star. Dry finish. Really good. solidfunk (9018) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Huge coffee bomb. Black with a pillowy head and good lacing. Bitter finish. Roast, with some musk. Gets better after a few sips. Bottle thanks to Noodleuser. obguthr (6433) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Coffee and charcoal aroma, slightly vegetal, some cocoa notes. Mahogany, medium yellow head. Coffee and charcoal flavor, still vegetal. Alkaline, medium body. radagast83 (8137) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a little creamy tan head. Aroma was roasted coffee, chocolate notes. Flavor was roasted chocolate, some roasted malts. Pretty enjoyable. conway (2210) - - APR 30, 2014
Bottle. Cola color with a thick tan head. Aroma is slightly metallic, coffee grounds and some hop juiciness. Taste follows suit and adds some chocolate and cigar smoke. Mouthfeel is smooth but slightly thin. Solid.