oobawa (1575) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Not a bad porter, or "German-style black ale", or whatever the hell you want to call it. (But come on. It’s a porter.) Pour is mediocre, a decent cola-ish brown with modest lacing despite the fleeting head. Nose comes across with straightforward porter notes, dark malt and chocolate. Taste follows suit, big roasted unsweetened chocolate with a mild coffee undertone, some restrained apricot-apple fruitiness popping up on the back end. Grows dry on the fade, hops adding to the mocha vibe. Texture could use some beefing up. Not a classic, but very drinkable. beer_rookie (610) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 24, 2017
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. No freshness date, little to no info on the bottle.jb (3301) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Pours a very dark red or brown color. Close, but not quite black. About two fingers brown head. Great retention and longevity, good lacing.
Aroma is light coffee, light cocoa. Light buttery caramel. Lightly smoky, a touch of vanilla. Medium roasted malts.
Taste is medium roasted malts....light coffee and buttery caramel. A little smoky. That’s about all.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. I taste some smoky malt, that’s a little chewy. It finishes lightly bittersweet, like cocoa. Odd that there’s really no cocoa in the taste, but coming out in palate.
Overall, it’s not bad. It’s not a porter however. I’m docking the score a little for lack of info on the label. It’s interesting. I’d buy it again,, and I’d recommend it. Ghost River is really hit or miss, but this is might be a hit, that sort of bounces off. I dunno.
An Americanized version of a swarzbier a favorite style of mine. Palate is a bit thicker and has added smokiness. Roasted notes in nose and taste. Good. chucklemation (1734) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Pours a mahogany color with a thin white head. Aroma is toasted malts, roast, caramel, chocolate, and earthy malts. Flavor is caramel and toasted malts. Has a light astringency and a thin body. Interesting. jhgrantjr (473) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap at Mellow Mushroom in Germantown. Pours a dark black with a small creamy head. Aroma of roasted coffee, malts, smoky. Taste follows: roasted malts, not very bitter but somewhat smokey. This is really a good beer.
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Newk (299) - - APR 23, 2012
Had on tap while in memphis. Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice head.
Very nice and balanced aromas of roasted malts, coffee beans, and some chocolate.
This has a real nice feel, but lacking a little bit of body. Balanced with nice flavors of malts and chocolate.
This was a real good beer. One of the better southern brews I had on my trip and very enjoyable. douglas88 (9501) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
With a name like Ghost River Black Magic I’m in! GABF 2011. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma is sweet earthy roast and caramel. The flavor is a dry sweet porter with a medium roast and lots of caramel and some ash. Nice. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Dark brown, light brown hints, thin beige cover. Aroma is chocolate, roaste. Taste is more caramel sweet, chocolate, light astringent roast finish. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Sampled at GABF. Dark brown pour with malty, chocolatey aroma. Flavor is roasty, nice, some vanilla and chocolate. Good but nothing special. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 11/10/2008
Malty aroma. Dark coloured smooth on the palate and fruity with a crisp and bitter slight roast finish.