troopie (2341) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Adding a point because the beer gets better as it warms. Bottle poured dark brown with beige head. Malty aroma. Medium bodied, with some bittersweet chocolate. Chocolate finish with mild spicy hop nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2012
22oz bottle shared by Anndiesel. Deep red-brown, steady thin beige head. Mellow caramel, coffee, toffee aroma. Quite dry and bitter in the finish, Mellow balanced chocolate and caramel tones and a bitter, soapy, dry hop bite. On the fuller side of medium bodied, Enjoyable, well executed. Nephilium (1818) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Very nice roasty aroma, with hints of chocolate. Pours a clear ruby red, with a full off-white head. Great roasted flavor, with hints of chocolate and a touch of coffee. Long, lingering roasted finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, and a bit thin. Overall a really solid porter. superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2012
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, biscuit, citrus, and herbal hops. Some pretty standard porter aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, herbal, coffee, and citrus. A decent amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, and citrus on the finish for a bit. Nice evenly balanced blend of roasted and hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink; with almost no alcohol warming present on the finish. Overall this is a nice and straightforward porter. Nice balance of flavors and quite enjoyable. Onslow (1495) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2012
Pour from a 22oz bottle. Dark brew with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, a little corn-like funk. Taste is dominated by the malts - sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee... starts sweet and finishes moderately sweet. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad but not a standout.
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of roast, chocolate, and nuts which are mixed with some musty/funky notes (brett-like?). It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a large beige head with good retention and lots of soapy lacing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate and caramel. The finish has light-moderate roasted and a hint of some funky lemon notes. It’s light-medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, it seems like the beginnings of an infection could be setting in. Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
Very drinkable porter. Nothing extreme, just a good balance of malt and bitterness, though would have liked somewhat more of the latter. Black, with complementary dark brown bubbly head. Some licorice in the aroma. Slightly above average mouthfeel. jtclockwork (16597) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of vanilla, lightly roasted chocolate malt, fresh coffee and earthy grains. Medium body. Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, cereal, caramel, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Not too much better than (or different from) the 825 State stout...clunky malt character, rather sweet. Meh. jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2012
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Toasted malty flavor with a quick finish.