TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Beer pours dark brown with a nice, thick totally retained cream colored head. Aroma is rich chocolate malt. The flavor is malty, mainly chocolate with just a hint of roasted nuts and a sip of coffee. The mouthfeel is enjoyable too. Not too thin like so many porters. Very nice. Dynamind69 (29) - San Miguel, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 This is a great porter ,it pours deep black with a fantastic nose of sweet malts.It tastes of dark chocolate with notes of coffee and dates . It has no bitter aftertaste, with a perfect hops blend .It ’s not too harsh just right on the taste buds.This is the best porter on the market at this price.This is the best product by Firestone,whose brews have greatly improved.I highly recommend this porter.It is one of my favorite brews.Superb!. TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
This dude poured a nice thick dark brown color that forms into a dark thick foam. The taste and smell of this Porter are great. It took me 5 different stops to finally find it but it was worth it. A very drinkable solid beer. Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Aroma = roasted notes and slight oakiness
Appearance = Dark brown to black
Flavor = Really great, Oakiness is subtle and smooth and well with in balance, roasted and low toastiness with some dark carmel
Palate = medium Full
Overall = Super beer! I really like the light balance of oak and smooth not acidic roastiness. For a bigger beer you can drink continuously. Great job RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
22oz bottle. Aroma: roasted malt, coffee, oak, light smokiness and dark fruits. A little bit of oxidation, too. Appearance: Dark brown in color with small red highlights. Head was medium khaki, full and foamy with great retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Nice roastiness with some coffee and smoke. Oak and light vanilla. Some light pine and citrus from the hops with a good hop bitterness. Again, a little oxidation creeps in. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Not a bad stout. Enjoyed the subtle woodiness from the barrel ageing.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Super yummy from the get-go. It’s been a while since I had a really good porter (I’d fallen into a quite enjoyable IPA/Imperial IPA rut/bliss). The aroma is natural porter chocolate/coffee. Really dark, with a strong light you can see the dark brown/mahogany tones at the edges. Frothy head; milkshake-like. Tastes like it smells, delicious (in the flavor I picked up more of the oak barrel influence, often incorporated by Firestone, than in the aroma). smooth aftertaste. Firestone is a fantastic brewery that keeps pleasing. If you see this beer buy it! 22 oz. Pasadena, CA, USA. realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
22oz bottle poured dark brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma was typical porter with some oak and some oats. Taste was very nicely balanced yet complex with all the malts and oak flavors. Could be one of the best from Firestone. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2006
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Aroma has a slight dark fruit component that shines through despite the powerful oak and vanilla aromas. Poured out with a very thin, tan head that dissipated rather quickly, settling on top of a chestnut body with ruby highlights. Roasted malts are very buttery and slippery on the tongue. Enjoyable and pleasantly soft. ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2006
Quick thankyou to Kook for lobbing this one back from the U.S., amongst others. Served up at backyard patio temperature at a small tasting here in Perth.OldMrCrow (2439) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Deep, shimmering, ruddy brown with not much of a head though by this time my flute glass was all gammed up. Deep, woody, dusty and gritty, lightly roasted malt nose with a nice, dry, peanut butter edge. Very pleasant. Medium-light bodied and smooth as silk. Quite dry, and again dusty overall. Light roasted coffee, complex malts and bitter, dry chocolate on the swallow. Nice show of wood age inside the swallow and aftertaste. Good reserve of grit, burnt sugar and dry roasted grains also. Quite a nice drop, though not on the intense side of things. A relaxing beer, nicely made. (1 pint, 6Fl.Oz, age unknown)
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 Bottle:
11/17/06. Pours deep brown with a nice dark-tan head. A mellow blend of chocolate roastiness and soft red wine notes, slightly chalky on the finish. This is a perfectly nice porter, well balanced, no glaring flaws -- but for me it was just too cautious of a beer. It lacked the spark of personality that would have taken it to the next level. That said, I’m quite happy drinking this stuff! One could do a heck of a lot worse.
1/28/10. Draft at Fiddlers. Pretty much exactly as above. No flaws, just yawns. 3.6 seems a bit generous but it probably deserves the 7s and 4s.