Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
12oz bottle 7/20/09 (Siciliano’s Market-Grand Rapids)-Pours a dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, slight chocolate, and sweetness. Taste of the same with a bit of hops and slight tartness. This light to medium bodied beer is not bad but does not fit a Porter in any way shape or form. TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2009
pours the color of a good brown ale,light brown and clear around the edges witha small tan head aromas are of chocolates,light hints of coffee,roasted malts and hops taste is of the same with a burnt toast,easy drinking thin and light vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Pours dark copper and reddish with a tan head. Quite light for a porter. The aroma has nice dark rich malt, milk chocolate, vanilla and cream. The aroma did not get reflected in the taste though. Medium body that’s quite light with prickly sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with very thin cocoa, some green apple tartness and phenolic spice. The finish has spice and really doesn’t seem true-to-style at all. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle; poured a somewhat dark brown, but really not that much. Aroma was pretty light; a light roasted and coffee mix. Really not terrible tasting, but it really doesn’t come very close to the style. Caramel with a light roasted presence; some sweetness, but it tasted like it was there unintentionally. milewide (2304) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2009
100% non-porter! Light brown color similar to good IPAs. Really thin body and weak head. Taste was sweet, with no porter roasted malt or sourness. No hop bitterness either. Label called this a beer, but I believe that all true porters are ales.
Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2009
12oz bottle my niece brought for me to a family gathering. Over carbinated sweet aroma with some roast. Dark brown body with off white dirty head. Flavor had more carbination sweetness with some smoke and roasted nut flavor on finish. Still that sweetener lingered on the palate. phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
Root beer? Nah can’t be. But it sure as hell tastes like it. Seriously this would be the ideal Beer float with some ice cream. John couldn’t have been more right with his description. Easily could have passed for an English Brown Ale. Nothing about it tastes like a porter. Nutty, caramel and cinnamon notes. Aroma is pretty bland with some metallicy notes and smoke. Back to the drawing board Grays! Strykzone (7560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
This porter is more opaque mahogany than the typical stout like appearance. A very small tan head. Aroma is malty with a bit of roasted nuts and some fruit. Is this really a porter? Flavor is caramel, sugar, and fruit. There is just a bit of spice. Are we sure this isn’t a brown ale? As a brown ale it is a pretty good beer but as a porter it falls well short. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle. Deep brown with some copper while held to light. The head us thin and light tan colored. The aroma has some light milk chocolate and leather. There is also some old rotting apple. The taste has some strange stale caramel and nasty leather. There is also some cocoa in the finish, but the off flavors blow it away. Plastic? Nasty. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
On draught at the Grays Tied House in Verona, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head the dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, a touch of toffee, some flowery hops and a hint of roasted nuts. Taste is light bodied, plenty of carbonation with flavors of roasted caramel, some Brazilian nuts, a hint of flowery hops and some Ivory soap. Finish is watery, slightly crisp with no aftertaste. Definitely not the dark and roasted malt porters I am used to enjoy but maybe a decent light amber beer.