zgaier (1951) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a brown head and aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and slight vanilla with a toasty, dry finish. Excellent tasting porter, great brew. mcberko (17809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
12 oz. bottle, pours pitch black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, some burnt notes and tar. Flavour of burnt / roasted malts, coffee, tar, some bitter chocolate and maybe some charred dark fruits. Medium-bodied and very well-made. Great example of the style. myersk27 (26) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Rich and robust. Smells of deep roasted chocolate malt. Hint of coffee. Full of flavor. Hearty. Slight bit of hops noticeable throughout. The roastiness is rather incredible. Love this brew
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Very dark in color, almost no light gets through, medium carbed yet still has a residual foamy head. Aromas of brown sugar, light smoke, chocolate, light bread, toasted malts. Flavors of burnt/roasted malts, wood, smoke. Very robust, leaves a strong smoky aftertaste, oily, dense, milky texture. A very good example of what a porter should be. Makes me think and feel like I have a beard, mustache, and am sitting at a table in the wild west wearing snake skinned boots back in the 1800’s. And what about two pistles in their holsters on both hips.... Thats it, a cowboy. Giddy up. PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle at the Bridgeville Beer tasting on 04/27/12. One of the best porters I’ve had in a long time! Typical coffee scent, but with a sweet tinge on the end. Brown appearance with a tan head similar to other porters. Coffee fronted taste, strong and bold, with a bitter finish. Medium palate, smooth, smooth, smooth!
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Dark pours, thin oily tan head. Aroma of vanilla with some faint hops. Full bodied palate gives way to some biting alcohol. Taste is sweet vanilla, caramel with some cascading bitter hops. Lacing slides down the glass. Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Good robust porter. The aromas a chocolate with a touch of coffee and some floral hops. The beer is opaque black with a small tan head. The taste is back to coffee and chocolate, but a fair hop bitterness in the finish. The beer is thick and chewy but incredbly smooth. I would have toned down bitterness a tad and left the focus more on the malt flavors. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a finger of brown head. Aroma is major chocolate with some hoppy floral notes in the background. Taste is full of dark chocolate and has some decent hop bite on the finish. The palate is pretty full and creamy. This may be my favorite porter and you have to love the price point. scarletfire65 (1466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
The aroma is charred wood, black coffee, over roasted malt. The flavor base is much the same. The palate is smooth if not slightly watery. The finish is powerful and bitter, coating the mouth with an alcoholic roasted malt flavor. Some distant chocolate notes on the finish. A one dimensional porter, not horrible but there are much better out there. Over rated. Darwenus (1133) - Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 11, 2016 Pours from the bottle a deep chocolate brown with a light brown, brief head. The smell hints at chocolate and coffee, and the taste has more of the same with some tones of dark cherry. This stuff is tasty. I’d drink it again.
Edit: 2016 revision ... I first reviewed this four years ago. I drink it all the time now. This beer is one of the reasons that porter is my favorite beer style. Every time I think I understand the style, I revisit some porter that I like and find that not only do I not understand the style, I don’t even understand individual good porters. The best porters are like albums that still sound new years later. This is such an album.