ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a fluffy, creamy two-finger mocha shade. It has a soft texture, nice retention, and leaves behind plenty of splotchy lacing on the glass.
S: There’s a good deal going on in the nose. Milk chocolate seems to be the dominant note, while both cream and coffee do a good job of underlying it. I also seem to pick up something suggesting citrusy as well. Citrusy hops don’t always work in a porter, but they do here. Everything seems to be well integrated.
T: I don’t pick up much of the chocolate or cream I did on the nose. Rather, the most prevalent flavor is coffee - and lots of it. When done right in a porter/stout, piny hop bitterness can make the beer generally resemble espresso, and it does here. Post-swallow, there’s less of a coffee flavor and more of a general hoppy note. Very vague suggestions of fruit esters seem to hang around here and there. Hoppy porters are never my favorite style, but this one seems to work quite well considering.
M: There isn’t much heft on the palate; since this is more sweet than bitter, this lightness is welcome. It’s also bone dry and strongly carbonated; naturally, this is very easy to drink.
O: A decent - if not amazing - robust porter, the hops here work better than some others in the style. Still, I wish some more of the malt character came through.
xxneyxx (4) - Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2017 does not count
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was a little thin in the glass for me. Again I’m always comparing to favourites but it was just ok for me. I picked up on the chocolate and toffee back ground tastes which was a positive but a major negative for me on this one was that it made me feel completely bloated which would mean I wouldn’t drink it again. other stouts I’ve had don’t do this to me
ibrubeer (371) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2017
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Norfolk Tap Room. Faint roasty aroma. Dark color with maybe a slight ruby hue, thin beige head with slight lacing. Bittersweet chocolate notes at first with a little roast, followed by a little sweetness. Med body, appropriate for porter. Overall, a very nice porter.
can8ianben (1519) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lovely sweet dark beer, thick head and very drinkable flavor profile. I like this one a lot.
jb (3155) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty standard porter, drinkable, but I can no longer come up with coherent new things to say about porters. Bottle from Bob. Thanks Bob!
Ron (3854) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bob. It pours very dark brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is pretty rich with cocoa, coffee and hard roasted malt. The flavor is bitter dark chocolate, toast and coffee. It has a balanced bitter, roasted finish. Rich, full body with a touch of English yeast to go with the strong American malt and hop profile.
raymow (1565) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at Crafty’s in Northeast Phila - nice chocolatey aroma and flavor. Nice dark color. Pretty good.
HighlanderOne (1296) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle.
Aroma of chocolate ice cream.
Appearance is stout black with lacing.
Tasting cocoa, cola, licorice, coffee/toffee, caramel. a trace of hops.
Palate is fairly balanced, a bit sour at the end. .
Overall, a good choice for porter. Try the barrel aged one if you can.
HeadyDE (811) - Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at vault..good price pt on this..aroma is cocoa..nestle quick..light bodied fairly clean porter that is a good representation of the style
malvrich (308) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from singles shelf of Harris Teeter.
Date must have rubbed off.
A: Rough pour yields an inch of tan head atop a practically black body. Very good retention and streaks of lace.
S: Herbal/floral hops against brown toasted bread and a slight hint of roast.
T: Bitter chocolate dominates. Light sweetness rounds out the flavor. Faint raisin.
M: Smooth and slick with a good bit of carbonation. Bitter resin finish.
O: Nice easy drinking porter. Good taste and body. Available and well priced. Recommended.
cheap (5704) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, with a big black pour. In this description it says ruby red but let me tell you, its big and black. First taste is perhaps a little too much personality, then it starts to grow on you. Yes, gets a little more friendly with its burnt dark beer attitude. Malty, perhaps some aspects of super dark bitter chocolate. Perhaps even a tad of black strong coffee but you couldn’t say its a coffee beer. Yes, in the end a]its a pretty even handed porter that never really treads into baltic porter territory, just a good even handed porter that wants to kick you in the ass and be large and in charge but never quite gets there. Even handed and enjoyable.