ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Dark and thick. This beer is a tasty one. Rich, toasty malt flavor with a rich creaminess. Full flavored and complex. I’m glad they took it out of the taprooms and bottled it. 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!. worldfusionrad (23) - - OCT 18, 2013
I rate beers I think significantly better than average, simple as that. I am not into showing off through word games. :) Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Appearance - Body is a dark brown, like taupe, and atop it sits a frothy head of ecru (yellowish-grey light brown/tan). I had to look that one up to find the color shade that most fit. Head is about a finger and a half thick and dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a healthy mottling of lace all around the glass. The mottling is complex enough that it's hard to make out the rings as I drink the liquid down, but they are certainly there.
Smell - Nothing really blows me away with the aroma. Pretty standard notes of fresh-brewed coffee, baker's chocolate, charred bread and some nuttiness--perhaps some walnut. Even a little earthiness, like fresh peat, but faint. But the roasted grains are the predominant profile here, even if the entire aroma is a tad subdued.
Taste - Here, many of the same notesare present, but more obvious. The overwhelmingly predominant flavors are wonderful notes of fresh-toasted bread, like you get when you turn the toaster to the darker setting and pull the bread out right before it turns into a nasty charred mess. You get the complex roasted flavors from the grain, like fresh buckwheat biscuits, and the faint cacao and coffee grounds make their presence felt, but in a supporting role. I don't think I've had a more "toasty" tasting beer, and I mean that in a very good way. In some ways, it's nice to taste a porter that does a couple of profiles so well, without the dark fruit or licorice elements that are common in many of the same style.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Full enough to provide a little chewiness, but not overpowering or difficult to get down. Highly drinkable for a dark beer and a dry, but not overpoweringly so, finish.
Overall, I must again express my regret at waiting so long to have had this beer. And if what I've heard about it being discontinued is true, that only magnifies said regret. I will definitely have to grab another bottle or two and since there isn't really a large hop profile to this American porter, perhaps I can sit on one for awhile and prolong my enjoyment. Either way, if you haven't had this beer and you fancy yourself a fan of the style, make no delay and grab a bottle NOW.
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An excellent porter; one of Firestones best. Malt, malt, and malt, plus other hefty grains make this a true liquid bread.
bhiner41 (189) - Darien, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
Exceptionally smooth taste for such a combination of malts and hops. Very mellow carmel smell almost like chocolate that has been cooked to long on the stove top. Black in appearance with absolutely zero head, except for a very faint white ring. No lingering aftertaste but a smooth malty finish. I had heard many great things about Firestone Walker and this one is a great Porter. micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2012
This robust porter could be the best out there and definitely better then the bottle not that there is anything wrong with the bottle.
Recieved from the waitress in a nice goblet and had a rich deeper brown color. A thin small head sat on top which was quite dense and never fading. It had avery light beige color and was striking. Carbonation looked to be very nice.
Aroma was rich with roasted malts, chocolate malts and hints of coffee. There is also a underlying sweetness too.
Taste is thick and robust on the palette.
A rich complex taste of roasted malts sweet milk chocolate and espresso. Underneath is another layer of flavor thats sweet and softer, light oak, molasses, vanilla. It enhances the bold malt flavors and brings them into balance.
The beer slides down with no effort and has lingering bitter aftertaste from the abundance of rich malts.
Perhaps i lucked out and this keg was recently tapped but I’ll tell you what: this was definitly the best porter I’ve had to date.
Search it out and try on tap and you’ll agree or your money back!
hansenkw (12) - - AUG 26, 2012
Has a light roasty scent, pretty light in general with hints of caramel and coffee. Poured a tantalizing dark brown that fades into a beautiful mahogany at the bottom of the glass. Thick tan head that hung around for the whole glass. Straight forward from the view and scent, medium bodied (for a porter) with caramel and a great roasted backbone. Reasonably thin mouthfeel that goes down easy. This is a great robust porter, I would love to try it on nitro! novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
One of the most flawless beers I’ve ever tasted. The absolute pinnacle of balance between malt, hops, and yeast. Earthy, toasted notes on top of big juicy hop flavor. Such a perfect beer. orangenblu62 (39) - Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Excellent from the pour. Dark brew with a light head. Surprisingly light (doesn’t leave you bloated) for being so dark. Sweet smooth taste with a hint of coffee. Moderate APV so that first sip doesn’t sting like some. A very tasty porter.