hershiser2 (3665) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2013
$1.75 for a bottle at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours.... head, head, head... settles for a long time. Another pour: head head head. OK something’s up. Smells sour. Taste is sour... undrinkable. This bottle may be bad... looks like I’m not the only one with this problem with this beer. ryanscourt (1531) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2013
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Nice roasted flavors. Aroma was very enticing and the flavors represented well. Lighter body than a stout but right in line with what I would want with a porter. Very drinkable with good lasting tasty malt flavors. Well crafted. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Nice roasted aroma, with coffee notes. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown, with red highlights when held up to the light and with a small tan head. Good roasted flavor, with more chocolate coming through, thin and easy drinking. A nice solid porter. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/18/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. It’s not completely opaque at all, like many porters tend to be. The head is a one finger offwhite shade that fades into a thin film with some collaring around the edge of the glass.
S: A fairly chocolaty porter; it’s more dry than milky sweet, though. Some nuts, dark unroasted malts, and hazelnut coffee tie these qualities together. Not particularly grabbing or expressive, but good.
T: Even drier than the nose suggested. There are some roasted nuts to start, some lactose cream flavors in the midtaste, and a finish of coffee with just a hint of dry chocolate. I also notice a twinge of finishing hops; not just in the light bitterness, but with the mildly acidic and mineral-esque kick in the aftertaste, as well.
M: Light bodied, with good carbonation, and a crisp, dry finishing kick. About what I expect from a porter.
O: For better or worse, it’s a standard porter. Granted, it’s a standard porter that’s executed quite well; however this lacks many qualities that would enable it to stand out from its brethren. It’s one to consider purchasing, but perhaps not one to seek out.
hfmejias (1297) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2013
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate combined with roast malts and maybe a hint of hops. Taste sweet and smokey, chocolate, coffee mild floral hoppiness, that is very well balanced and gives this porter a nice character. Enjoyable.
boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle from Mari’s. Pours black with some red around the edges. There is a huge tan head on top that sticks around. Mild carbonation in the glass. The aroma is ultra roasty with some lightbitter chocolate present. Very limited complexity. The taste has a nice chocolate kick with some extra sweetness, almost a mocha flavor on the finish. There is a huge carbonation kick on this that nearly stings the tongue. Foxbush (2112) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
12 oz bottle This was a gift from a friend while at Snowshoe. The porter poured a deep black with mahogany edges. The tan head stayed with the beer with lacing that was limited. This is a joy to drink with the nutty nose and some dark chocolate notes. There is a hint of licorice and some smokiness. The carbonation was soft but suited the porter. The finish was well balanced and pleasant.
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle via trade - thanks Chris! Very dark pour with a monster carbonated head. This one tastes quite sour - kind of drowns out the chocolate and roasted coffee that I’m sure is supposed to be front and center with this beer. Possibly infected? Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours reddish black with an off white head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast and some smoke. Taste is sweet with light bitters and a hint of tartness. Medium bodied with a thin texture. chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
12 oz bottle: Pours a dark, chestnut brow, almost black. Little tan head dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malts, grassy hops, slight smokey vanilla and licorice. Taste is a big malt profile with a hint of almost burned coffee beans thrown in. Cocoa, slight spruce hop finish. Sweet on the front and slightly bitter on the finish. Slick on the palate, slides down easy. Pretty good.