lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. Dark brown body. Aroma is lightly woody with some roastiness and chocolate notes, but fairly mild overall. Pretty full-bodied as far as porters go. Some very enjoyable flavors of nuts, molasses, vanilla, and chocolate, however a bit of a soapy metallic quality to it. Respectable porter but not fantastic.
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the Sharp Edge. Brewed with recipe by Keith Kost. Sweet molasses and mild smoke, light soy sauce, mild fruity hoppiness. Big hit of coffee with a little chocolate. Dark brown-black clear. Light cocoa colored creamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body, not quite oily, with mild carbonation. Very odd taste to start. A bit metallic, with some bitter herbal note, and then some Band-Aid. After that, big coffee smoky burnt maltiness. Light sweetness, chocolate. Cloying roasted bitterness in the finish. Nutty molasses after. A pretty hefty porter, but just a bit off.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. First off, let me just say the the name is pretty odd for a darker beer, but I rather like it. In the glass itís dark black brown and ruby, and has an ethereal purplish hue. The head is tan. Aroma is malt, caramel, faint grass. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, roasted nuts, chocolate, and also has that East End signature earthiness. This is one of the best porters Iíve had. I also really like cheapdarksís description; I think itís pretty apt.
cheap (5637) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 On tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pgh. The pour is pitch black or totally dark brown, very opaque. The head is darker tan. It fades to a thin froth after a few minutes. The aroma is that of a wonted stout or thick heavy porter, complex malt roastyness abounds throughout the olfactories. This beer looks great in the glass. Oh, yes, an aged roasted, nearly burned, wet wood or roasted flavor immediately greets the tongue. This can almost be classified as a stout and I am left wondering why it is not. Lovely enjoyable taste. A Coffee bitterness is well hidden within. One cannot say this is watered down as with many popular porters. Probably one of the most flavorful personalities I have ever tasted within a porter. The feel is smooth and heavy, like used shovelhead Harley Davidson oil would be if you could drink it. Medium to low carbonation. Extremely complex, a real contender in the porter arena. The lacing is beautifully prevalent and lasting, like the lingerie of your favorite female companion. Though this is borderline stoutlike, it lacks the medicinal bitterness on the uvula that is so common with strong stouts. It leaves a finish that is impressionable, yet does not have the lasting acrid linger. Friendly & enjoyable. This is a brew that must be experienced. If you are a stout or porter lover you better check into this. Pittsburghers rejoice!