msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2013GIJOE (1196) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 18, 2017
The beer pours a nice dark brown to light black with a soft tan head of tiny, soft bubbles. The head leaves a lacing of slippery spittle droplets on the sides of the glass. The body is indecipherable in its darkness but shows some light molasses-like colors on its edges that seem clean of particles. On the nose, the beer smells of light, roasted coffee with a kiss of mocha and dark chocolate. Milk chocolate also briefly touches the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes of bitter roast with a kiss of hops. Sweetness is also prevalent from the malts, though subdued, and more chocolaty than sugary. In flavor, the beer begins as warm roasted chocolate which blossoms into roasted coffee, moving from light roast to dark roast and filling the mouth with a nice, bitter roasted flavor with slight hints of raisins and dark fruit in among the roast. The finish carries a slight flavor of ice and metal, oddly enough, with a dying bitter roasted coffee flavor that hints at chocolate and some slight earthiness that balances out the flavor. The aftertaste is of lingering bitter roasted coffee and char. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body, and perhaps even lighter, though the beer does carry a little heaviness in the swallow. Carbonation is soft and almost fluffy on the mouth, and the mouth is left roasted dry. Overall, this is a pretty classic American porter. There is nothing fancy about it, but it’s tasty. It has its chocolate, it has its bitters, and it has its roasted coffee flavors. A nice porter for when you want something simple.
Bottle at Nag's Head Pizza Company in Nag's Head, NC. Pours cola brown with a nice tan head. Minimal lacing flecks. Nose is cocoa, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is slightly bitter. Good brew.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone xxneyxx (4) - Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2017 does not count
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 (383) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2017
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 (1538) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
A lovely sweet dark beer, thick head and very drinkable flavor profile. I like this one a lot. jb (3218) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2016
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 (3920) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2016
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 (1602) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2016
on tap at Crafty’s in Northeast Phila - nice chocolatey aroma and flavor. Nice dark color. Pretty good. HighlanderOne (1315) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2016
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 (825) - Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2016
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 (319) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2016
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.