slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"smooth beer! compared to the 3 crappy to pretty good porters we had over the last couple days, this one was great. Very nice hop aroma, but the nose was lacking the roasted malt/chocolate. They were present in the flavor a little more, with a light hop balance, which was nice. Again, really smooth. Better than any other Firestone beer I’ve had (in 2008)."
Cunningham (8282) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Clear dark brown color with a tan head. Coffee, vanilla, mild roasted, mild fruity and chocolate aroma. Really nice. Medium + body. A bit fizzy carbonation. Fine bitterness. Chocolate, raisins, coffee and toffee flavor. Unusual but nice porter.rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]
Bottle at USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Deep amber/brown beer with a decent beige head. Malty fruity aroma, spicy notes, toffee, caramel, raisins, some vinous notes. Fruity chocolate flavor, spicy, caramel, coffee, raisins, some banana. A bit strange, thin and not very interesting. _angst_ (4810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark brown with a rather small frothy and bubbly offwhite head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly malty with toasted malts, caramel, coffee, hay, soil and minerals. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and slightly malty with roasted malts, cereal, caramel, moist soil and hay. Mouthfeel is watery, tiny roasted astringent and light bodied. finish is bitter and slightly malty with roasted malts, coffee, minerals, soil and hay. Quite bland… Yoachim (46) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014.
Luktar karamell, russin, choklad, surt.
blaskig svart färg.
Smakar russin,´vattnig, surt, choklad, citrus, frukt
Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma was roasty with chocolate, and coffee. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, caramel, earth and had a light bitterness. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 5, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-13-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a nice deep brown color with a hug light brown colored head. The head fades relatively quickly at first, but leaves a rather persistent small one finger head of foam. This small bit of foam does eventually fade however leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is nice of sweet and roasty smells. The roasted malt aromas are a blend of chocolate and toasted malt while the sweeter smells are of caramel and some toffee. Along with these aromas are some other smells of a yeasty nature as well as a bit of an oaky and woody smell which when combined with the rest produce a rather nice smelling concoction.
Taste – The taste begins with roasted brown bread and sweeter chocolate flavors mixed with some caramel sweetness. Other sweeter flavors of toffee come to the tongue shortly after the initial tastes, giving a more buttery and smooth flavor to the brew. More toward the middle of the flavor profile some vanilla and more cocoa come to the tongue along with the emergence of a light level of earthy hop. The hop remains rather light, bittering the brew only ever so slightly. Toward the end, some coffee flavors as well as a nice oaky taste comes to the tongue adding a little bit more bitterness. Even with the coffee and hop, the taste is still very smooth and one is left with a smooth, rather sweet and lightly bittered and roasty flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The lower carbonation is rather nice for the darker flavors, as well as the bit of oak taste more toward the end of the taste, nicely allowing those flavors to be sensed. A bit thicker of a body would likely be slightly better for the style, but at only 5.8% abv the creaminess of the brew is quite respectable.
Overall – A pretty nice porter overall with some nice oak/woody tastes and a good balancing bitter flavor to the sweet and roasted malt backbone. For a porter of only 5.8 % the beers flavor profile was quite robust and made this brew a pleasant drinker.
rayaron (1951) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Hazy brown with no head. Heavy coffee aroma, chocolate, honey date, a bit woody. Flavor of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, honey date, light hoppy bitterness, woody, roasted malt. Light carbonation. Light body. Sweet sticky aftertaste. Niall73 (2434) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Pours a dark brown/black with a tan head. Light malty choc aroma. Medium body, medium carbonation. A little soy, lemon, light treacle, dark choc, coke, light prune... Nice balance. Tasty. Stuu666 (14563) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black. nose is roast chocolate, taste is sweet chocolate, light fruit.